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WorldPride Opening Ceremony

June 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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The first WorldPride in the United States, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, will kick off on featuring such entertainers as Cyndi Lauper, Billy Porter, Daya, Ciara, Chaka Khan, Alyssa Edwards, Alaska Thunderfuck, Shangela, Yvie Oddly, and Bob the Drag Queen. The event will be hosted by Whoopi Goldberg.

In addition to the first WorldPride hosted in the United States, this is only the second North American WorldPride in the event’s nearly twenty year history. What is WorldPride? Licensed by InterPride, WorldPride organizes a major international event promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues through parades, festivals and other cultural activities. InterPride, an international association of pride coordinators chooses the city each year. The opening ceremony will introduce Stonewall 50/WorldPride 2019’s theme “Millions of Moments of Pride” showing “the invaluable and countless experiences every person encounters during annual celebrations and commemorations around the world, The Pride experience is as unique as its participants, because it is unique to each participant.” The first WorldPride took place in Rome in 2000 (because all roads lead to Rome, right?), followed by WorldPride Jerusalem in 2004, WorldPride London in 2012, WorldPride Toronto in 2014 (the first WorldPride in North America, then WorldPride Madrid in 2017. NYC Pride organizers petitioned and won the competitive bid to host WorldPride 2019 and is working closely with state and city officials to heavily promote and produce welcoming events throughout the 2019 season. What to expect at the Opening Ceremony? WorldPride Toronto opening ceremony featured an official flag raising ceremony, a fireworks display and concerts featuring Steve Grand, Deborah Cox and Melissa Etheridge. WorldPride Madrid kicked off at Pedro Zerolo square in the Chueca neighborhood, the epicenter of Madrid’s LGBTQ+ community. WorldPride London kicked off with a variety of acts at Soho venues. The Spirit of Stonewall lives on with NYC Pride, time will only tell what sort of incredible performances might kick off the ceremony. Following this summer’s events, the next WorldPride will take place back in Europe for Copenhagen 2021 (which will be hosted by Copenhagen and neighboring Swedish city Malmö).

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