This article was published on June 21st, 2015
The pride movement in North America was started in New York, following the Stonewall riots in 1969. Since that terrible time in history, cities around the world have come to organize, march, lobby, and rally for LGBT rights and equality. Every June the five boroughs that make up New York City come together to host parades, parties, and festivals.
Four years ago, New York celebrated their first year of same sex marriage. Two years ago the nation came to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on DOMO. This year, it’s hoped there will be the biggest celebration of all, as the Supreme Court is set to rule on marriage equality, which would grant the right for same sex marriage in every American state.
As Pride week gets underway, the diverse and vibrate cultures throughout the city remember and celebrate the historic events that have taken place in New York City, and how those moments in history have impacted gay rights across the world.
“New York City sets the standard for openness and inclusivity and there’s no better place to celebrate Pride this June,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “We welcome LGBT travelers and families, whether art lovers, sports enthusiasts, urban explorers, theater buffs or foodies, to enjoy the best of New York City’s five boroughs this summer.”
It will be a busy weekend ahead with official Pride events through NYC Pride, along with the ever popular Matinee Pride events. In the city that never sleeps, there is always something fun and exciting to do. This year, on top of all the organized events, take some time out to enjoy the city.
Here are 5 non-Pride things to do in New York City this Pride week:
- Take in a Broadway show. From Phantom of the Opera to Wicked and the Lion King, there are plenty of options to get out an enjoy some of your favourite musicals.
- Go on a tour. Pick up a CityPASS at see the Empire State Building, the Modern Museum of Art (MOMA), Rockefeller Center, and more. All the iconic NYC attractions in one affordable pass.
- Take a walk through Central Park. The world’s largest urban park! Walk along the beautiful pathways and enjoy the wide-open spaces. Perfect for a romantic picnic, a game of Frisbee or a casual bike-ride along the pathways.
- Make it a casual day. Stroll along High Line park, an old raised railway that has been converted into an elevated park. A perfect reason to head to Chelsea for some boutique shopping!
- See the Statue of Liberty. The most famous and recognized monument in NYC. Hop aboard a tour to see the spectacular statue and enjoy the incredible views of Manhattan.
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