Tens of thousands of people are converging this weekend in New York City to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. And although you may have heard of the huge annual pride march down Fifth Avenue, that's only one of the weekend's many events.
This year, the pride celebration is more than just an opportunity to party. It's also a chance to remember the 49 victims of the June 12 slaughter at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
"We have an obligation to our nation in the wake of Orlando to show what pride and inclusion looks like," Mayor Bill de Blasio said, adding that the New York Police Department upped security at several locations out of caution, the Daily Beast reported.
Pride Rally: This annual event is set for 7-10 p.m. EDT at Hudson River Park's Pier 26, at N. Moore Street in Tribeca. Todrick Hall will host and Bob the Drag Queen will perform at the rally, which is modeled after the "Gay Power" demonstration that took place in 1969 after the Stonewall Riots.
Fantasy: If you're over 21, check out LGBT burlesque at the Diamond Horseshoe at 235 W. 46th St. between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. EDT. Tickets are available for about $50.
PRIDAY: More than 1,000 people are expected at Hot Rabbit's dance party at Slake, 251 W. 30th St., starting at 10 p.m. EDT. The two-level party costs $35 to attend, and share of the proceeds will go to charity.
Teaze: Again at Hudson River Park Pier 26, this event is for women 21 and over. It will run from 3-10 p.m. EDT and feature DJ Samantha Ronson, DJ Toni*K and DJ Tatiana. More than 750 people have already said on Facebook they're attending, so buy your tickets soon.
PIER PRESSURE 17 | Chelsea: For $25 in advance, $30 at the door, you can attend a Teaze afterparty that includes drinks, dancing and DJs. Head to Slate nightclub at 54 W. 21st St. between 8 p.m. - 4 a.m. EDT.
New York City Dyke March: Check out this annual women's march, starting at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue at 5 p.m. EDT. Its website warns that it's not a parade but a reminder that "we must organize among ourselves to fight for our rights, safety, and visibility."
Everybooty: This art and dance party celebrating queer culture will dominate the Brooklyn Academy of Music from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. EDT. Tickets cost $25 at the door and get you access to music from people like DJ Mister Wallace, art by people like Gabrielle Royal and readings by people like Sue Elise Peebles.
BAD HABIT PRIDE: The official Dyke March afterparty starts at 10 p.m. EDT at Lot 45 in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It costs $20 at the door and will feature drink specials like $6 beers and $8 well drinks.
Pride March: This huge, free parade is the biggest event of the weekend. Grand marshals Jazz Jennings, Subhi Nahas and Cecilia Chung will lead more than 300 contingents from organizations, community groups and nonprofits. Check out the floats along Fifth Avenue from noon on. The march starts at 36th Street.
PrideFest: It's a street fair! Eat and shop with friends at this free event along Hudson Street from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. EDT. Parson James will perform.
Dance on the Pier: Fergie will perform at this 30th anniversary event at Pier 26 from 2 to 10 p.m. EDT. It's a fundraiser that ends with fireworks — what more could you want?
Night of 1,000 Queens: See people from "RuPaul's Drag Race" perform at this 9 p.m. EDT event at Stage 48 at 605 W. 48th St. Tickets start at $45, and all attendees have to be older than 21. Drag queens Alyssa, Detox, Shangela and Trixie Mattel are scheduled to make appearances.