New York’s historic Gay Pride celebration is coming back bigger and better this year with Pridefest- a weekend-long event filled with rainbow colors, lovers, and live music. Pride NYC just released the lineup affirming magic will be present.
Saturday, June 23: Tove Lo, Lizzo, DJ Simon Dunmore, Big Freedia, Sasha Velour, DJ Dawson.
Sunday, June 24: Kylie Minogue, DJ Grind, DJ Ralphi Rosario, DJ Corey Craig.
This years festival in preparation for a larger crowd than ever before, is relocating to Pride Island aka Hudson River Park’s, Pier 97, in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. Tove Lo’s effortless steering between the worlds of love and sex on her second album Lady Wood, is sure to put fans on an emotional vibe.
Known as the “Queen of Bounce,” Big Freedia is a staple in New Orleans’ energetic style. Commonly recognized as one of the infectious voices on Beyoncé’s infamous 2015 single, “Formation,” Freedia is sure to get those bodies moving.
Tickets for Pride Island go on sale at noon on Thursday, March 1st at nycpride.org.
“As we prepare to welcome a record number of attendees for Stonewall 50 / WorldPride 2019 NYC, our move to our new home on Pier 97 is just one of several new venues, new events, and new experiences we will launch in 2018 to prepare for next year’s massive crowd,” said Chris Frederick, Managing Director of NYC Pride.
It is certain to be an incredible weekend, but don’t forget its historical significance marking 49 years since Stonewall riots occurred when the gay community stood up against their persecutions and demanded equal rights and respect. The gay community has made incredible strides since the 1969 riots but there are still injustices occurring each day, especially to trans people and trans people of color. Support those who have struggled before us and who continue to struggle.
“With the success of last year’s Pride Island, we are thrilled to bring back our music festival in a two-day format,” said Jose Ramos, Pride Island Director. “Kylie Minogue, Tove Lo, Lizzo, and Big Freedia are perfect examples of the evolution of Dance on the Pier.”
Proceeds from the NYC Gay Pride event will go to the nonprofit, Heritage of Pride Inc. and other advocacy organizations, working towards building a future without discrimination, “where all people have equal rights under the law.” To learn more go to nycpride.org.