NYC is already known to host the largest annual LGBTQIA+ Pride March
in the world, which commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Uprising that launched the modern LGBTQIA+ civil rights movement, but did you know that...
This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, and New York City is the host city for WorldPride NYC!
That means, New York City is expected to welcome as many as 4 to 6 million additional visitors from around the world this June.
This will be an Olympic-scale celebration, and likely the largest event our city has ever hosted. There will be bigger Pride celebrations, more special LGBTQIA+ events and more people than ever before. This month-long celebration is not just for the LGBTQIA+ community, but an opportunity for all New Yorkers and an opportunity show the world our pride, and for local businesses to thrive!
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When and where is WorldPride NYC being held?
Many different communities and neighborhoods will be hosting their own Pride events beginning in late May and continuing throughout the month of June.
Events are currently planned for the following dates; The City of New York is not responsible for any changes to these dates and nightlife venues should check the official calendar for updates.
World Pride NYC Official Events:
The number of visitors to NYC will grow throughout the month, culminating during the last week of June, when WorldPride NYC
will be hosting several official events.
- Sunday, June 30 will be one of the largest public events in New York City history, with as many as 4 to 6 million people, including New Yorkers and visitors, expected to take part in Pride events throughout Manhattan.
Where is this year's WorldPride NYC Pride March route?
The Pride March Route
will start at 26th Street and Fifth Avenue and proceed south on Fifth Avenue before heading west on Eighth Street. After crossing over Sixth Avenue, the Pride March will continue on to Christopher Street, passing the Stonewall National Monument. Then it will turn north on Seventh Avenue, passing the New York City AIDS Memorial, before finishing up in Chelsea just north of 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue.
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*Important Notice* Regarding Changes on Street Closures, Transportation, and Traffic Restrictions on June 30
How can nightlife establishments prepare and get involved?
During WorldPride NYC
, our city will welcome millions of visitors, and many for the first time, and we will be making a first impression to people from all over the world. Many visitors will be patronizing New York City’s world-famous nightlife, and it is up to our community to make everyone feel welcome and safe.
The Office of Nightlife encourages all nightlife establishments, including bars, clubs and restaurants, to be warm, welcoming and prepared. WorldPride NYC
is not only a celebration, it is a recognition of a movement for equality and social justice. ALL bars, clubs, and restaurants should anticipate an increase in business.
NYC is full of pride. Here are some ways nightlife establishments can be prepared and full of pride:
- Register your events with the official calendars:
- Be warm and welcoming to all guests regardless of age, race, color, religion/creed, national origin, gender, pregnancy, gender identity and gender expression, disability, sexual orientation, marital or partnership status, alienage or citizenship status, or other protected category. Click here to learn about your responsibilities under the NYC Human Rights Law.
- Have a full staff meeting including your security team letting them know about WorldPride NYC and what to expect
- Consider stocking your venue with extra inventory
- Be sure to check IDs
- Keep your sidewalks clear
- Provide free water to all patrons
- Try not to overbook your venue
- Get to know the official calendar and staff your venue accordingly with additional bar and security personnel, if necessary.
- Encourage inclusive restroom use by posting all-gender signage (learn about the law). Download the gender-neutral bathroom signage here.
Download the NYC & Co. Project Rainbow Toolkit
Here are some ways you can show the world:
- Use official hashtags in social media channels: #nycpride #worldpride #stonewall50
- Use the NYC & Co Toolkit to signal your pride through downloadable custom logo design elements for your menus, flyers, and in your windows.
- Download Design Files & Brand Guidelines: Access the original design files for assets showcasing the NYC&co shattered rainbow motif, plus official guidelines to help our tourism community align around a consistent brand identity. The suggested vendors named in the tool kit already have these files on hand.
More information about Stonewall50 / WorldPride NYC
Stonewall50 / WorldPride NYC commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and is likely to be the largest LGBTQ+ Pride gathering ever.
Stonewall50 / WorldPride NYC events are organized by Heritage of Pride, a nonprofit organization that plans and produces New York City’s official Pride events each year.
Other events and cultural programming will be taking place across the city during throughout the month of June, see more on the NYC&Co WorldPride 2019 Guide