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What Is WorldPride? The Planet’s Biggest LGBT Event

If you’re wondering what WorldPride is all about, you’ve come to the right place. Learn everything you need to know about WorldPride NYC, including dates for WorldPride 2019, the date of the Pride March, the route for the 2019 Pride parade, a little history of Pride events, WorldPride specifically, what to expect for WorldPride NYC on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and get resources to help you plan your trip.


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WorldPride 2019 Information at a Glance

Common WorldPride Questions Answers, Dates and Times
What are the dates for WorldPride 2019? June 1 – 30
What date and time is the NYC Pride parade? The New York City LGBT Pride March will be at 12:00 PM on June 30
When is Pride week in NYC? In 2019, Pride week will be from June 24 – 30
Who is performing at WorldPride 2019? Among the performers this year are Madonna, Melissa Etheridge (who is to perform at WorldPride Closing Ceremony), Cyndi Lauper, Grace Jones, Teyana Taylor, Pabllo Vittar, Amara La Negra, and Johnny Dynell are more.
When is Pride Island? June 28 – 30, 2019
When is the Stonewall 50th Anniversary Commemoration? The Stonewall Commemoration will be on June 28
What is the Pride Parade Route? The Pride March begins on 26th Street & 5th Avenue, runs South to 8th Street, continues West along 8th Street, turns left on Christopher Street, passes Stonewall, and runs back uptown along 7th Avenue, ending on 23rd Street.
Are there safety concerns? Read about the NYPD and Mayor’s Office’s Suggestions for staying safe during WorldPride.


A Brief Overview of Pride

Pride is a worldwide human rights movement. Pride celebrates the LGBT+ experience, promotes free expression of non-normative sexual and gender identities, and advocates for equal rights under law. Typically, we use Pride to refer to any march, protest, festival, or conference promoting LGBT+ rights.


The term Pride dates to June 1970, when the inaugural Gay Pride March processed through New York’s West Village at the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Over time, the term gay pride was frequently applied to LGBT+ marches, rallies, and other events worldwide. Now the word Pride is interchangeable with LGBT Pride, LGBTIA+ Pride, and similar designations that recognize a broad spectrum of gender and sexual identities. These include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, agender, and queer people.


The Mission of WorldPride

WorldPride was started about 20 years ago by the nonprofit organization InterPride. InterPride connects and promotes Pride movements around the world and advocates for LGBT+ causes. InterPride established WorldPride as a global rallying cry for LGBT+ human rights and liberation. Approaching in its sixth iteration in a major world city, WorldPride gathers queer people into one place for solidarity, celebration, and activism.

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Selecting WorldPride Host Cities

In order to host WorldPride, a local Pride organization must submit a proposal to InterPride and present their proposal at the Annual World Conference. Presentations must include an overview of prospective Pride events, a business plan, marketing plan, and much more. Member organizations at the conference then vote for the next WorldPride host city.


The city of Rome was selected as the first host of WorldPride. Held in 2000, this week of events culminated in a march that drew tens of thousands of participants to the streets of Rome. WorldPride has occurred four times since then: Jerusalem in 2005, London in 2012, Toronto in 2014, and Madrid in 2017. InterPride aims at geographic diversity in its host selections, as the goal is to celebrate Pride across many cultures on many continents.


Following this year’s WorldPride NYC, the next WorldPride will occur in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2021. Other cities have proposed hosting future WorldPride events into the following decade, including Sydney, Montreal, Houston, Rome, Orlando, and Boston.


Pride Around the World

In the U.S., Pride Month is every June, but Pride happens in many, many countries throughout the world in all months of the year. Here’s a handy list of 2019 Pride events worldwide.


It’s easy to confuse EuroPride, another massive Pride event, with WorldPride. But the difference is in the names: EuroPride is unique to Europe, whereas WorldPride can occur in any country. The catch is that a WorldPride scheduled in a European country is also designated as a EuroPride event. For example, Madrid Pride in 2017 was both a WorldPride and a EuroPride celebration. Likewise, Copenhagen 2021 will share both titles.


EuroPride began in 1992 in London. Every year, members of the European Pride Organisers Association, which is part of InterPride, select a host city for this annual event. EuroPride 2018 was held in Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden in July and August. EuroPride 2019 will occur June 1-16 in Vienna.


Pride Comes Home to NYC

In October 2015, NYC Pride (also known as Heritage of Pride) presented their proposal to host WorldPride at the InterPride Annual World Conference in Las Vegas. Their bid was approved, and WorldPride NYC became a reality.


2019 marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, considered the birth of the modern LGBT+ rights movement. Stonewall was a days-long conflict between police and queer customers at a gay bar called The Stonewall Inn in June 1969. This uprising inspired widespread community action, including the first Gay Pride March and a surge of grassroots activism throughout the country and the world.



NYC Pride has cross-branded WorldPride with Stonewall 50, and this June’s events will fall under both names. One gestures to the past, the other to the future. One localizes the movement’s beginnings in New York; the other recognizes its global reach. The theme of this year’s event is “Millions of Moments of Pride.”


Fittingly, millions of visitors are expected in New York this June. Events will last throughout the month and gather steam during Pride Week, June 24-30. That’s when events like the Pride Rally, Youth Pride, and Pride Island will occur. WorldPride will culminate in the largest Pride March in history on June 30. Here are some of the Pride events on the schedule that you can look forward to.


As for June 30, it’s going to be wild, world-shaking, and wonderful. We’ve made a Pride March Survival Guide for you, including tips on transportation and navigating the crowds. Snack break? Air conditioning? They’ve got ‘em at these places where you should eat and drink along the March route.


Welcome to New York!


Rooms are going fast for Pride Week, so we urge you to book your accommodations ASAP. You might book a hotel in the heart of the city of a homestay in an outer-borough neighborhood—both are equally valid ways to enjoy the city. Here are 6 gayborhoods to consider staying in, each with a vibrant queer culture all its own. These neighborhoods have exceptional food too, from under-the-radar ramen shops to top-notch fine dining. Here’s where to eat in Chelsea, the West Village, and Williamsburg. As for nightlife, here are 10 gay bars where you can celebrate Pride.


If you’ve never been to New York, here’s a geographical overview of major neighborhoods. Our transportation guide offers tips on using the subway, rideshares, taxis, and the perennial favorite: walking. We’ve also assembled tips for visiting NYC on a budget, bringing along a pet, and getting around the city with special needs.


New York offers endless activities for visitors—so many that planning a trip here can be truly overwhelming. We’ve narrowed it down to 10 can’t-miss attractions to put on your list, as well as a guide to seeing the city by land, sea, and air. In honor of Pride, visit a few of the important sites in LGBT+ history across the five boroughs. Get some history with your beach trip at Fire Island off the coast of Long Island, or take a train to the sun-soaked Jersey Shore.


If you have any time to spare, why not shop in one of the world’s most fashionable cities? Here are 20 essential shopping destinations in New York, as well as general shopping tips for newbies.

Dates for Official NYC Pride WorldPride Events

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WorldPride Events Dates of Events
LGBT Week June 17 – June 28
OutCinema June 17 – June 19
Family Movie Night June 21
Chelsea Challenge 2019 June 21 – June 23
Pride Luminaries Brunch June 23
Garden Party June 24
WorldPride 2019 Opening Ceremony June 26
Stonewall 50 Commemoration June 28
Pride Island June 28 – June 30
Solidarity: Dies3l Main Event June 28
VIP Rooftop June 29
USS Masterbeat: Oneworld Daytime June 29
Youth Pride June 29
Femme Fatale June 30
Pridefest June 30
Pride March June 30


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