June is Pride Month, a time for celebrating LGBTQ+ community and history. If you’re celebrating Pride Month, there’s no better way to do it than at a local Pride parade. Here are just some of the amazing Pride parades and events happening this month in the Northeast.
Provincetown Pride – June 2-4
No Northeast Pride list is complete without P-town! There are Pride events throughout Provincetown, Mass., all weekend long, but some of the highlights include a Pride festival, a queer comedy showcase, dance parties, a celebration of Provincetown fashion and a Pride-themed 5K run.
Jersey Pride – June 4
There are three elements to Jersey Pride in Asbury Park: the parade, the rally and the festival. The parade begins at Asbury Park City Hall and weaves through the city with floats, marching bands and other performers until it reaches the festival grounds at the shore. The rally is a six-hour outdoor concert, featuring a mix of local artists and national headliners. The festival features a food court, family activities, community outreach organizations and local vendors.
Boston Pride for the People – June 10
Pride is back in Boston in 2023! Boston Pride for the People will include a parade, a festival and more. The parade kicks off in Copley Square, and the festival will begin shortly after on the Boston Common. There, you can enjoy live entertainment, dancing, food, drink and local vendors.
Long Island Pride – June 11
Long Island Pride is back home in Huntington Village! Participants can enjoy a Pride parade on Main Street, as well as a concert and a sprawling festival featuring artists, vendors, food and music! Can’t make it that day? Check out these other Pride events on Long Island this month.
Rhode Island PrideFest & Illuminated Night Parade – June 17
At Rhode Island PrideFest, you can enjoy live performances, vendors, nonprofits, food and drink. Just don’t get too tuckered out to enjoy the nighttime festivities. The Illuminated Night Parade takes place in Downtown Providence after dark, when the streets are suddenly filled with illuminated floats, marching groups decked out in lights and glow sticks, performers, bright lights and spectators. This massive celebration is not to be missed.
Manchester Pride Festival – June 17
Celebrate Pride in the Granite State with the Manchester Pride Festival, taking place in Veterans Park in Manchester, N.H. With artists, local vendors, food trucks, live entertainment and more, you’ll never get bored. Manchester Pride is also offering a week’s worth of Pride events leading up to the festival, including an art exhibition, a youth Pride event and even Pride karaoke.
Pride Portland! – June 17
Newport Pride – June 23-25
Are you ready to put the pedal to the metal? The main event of Newport Pride is the Pride Ride on June 24, a Pride parade where all participants are on bicycles. Decorate your bike (and biking gear) in all the colors of the rainbow and join the 4-mile bike parade around Newport, R.I., ending in the Pride Market and Festival at the Great Friends Meeting House. The Pride Market and Festival features live entertainment, local retailers and vendors, food, music and fun activities for the whole family.
West Hartford Pride Festival – June 24
This year, the West Hartford Pride Festival will be taking place in the West Hartford Town Hall parking lot, and will feature a rally, live music, speakers, drag performers, food, local vendors, nonprofits, family activities and a tea dance.
NYC Pride – June 25
When you’re celebrating Pride in the city where it all began, there’s never a shortage of things to see and do. The NYC Pride March is an annual march that commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Riots, which are widely considered to be the beginning of the modern movement for LGBTQ rights. With millions of participants and attendees snaking through lower Manhattan, it’s consistently one of the largest Pride events in the world.
On the very same day, you can attend the NYC PrideFest in Greenwich Village. PrideFest is an annual street fair featuring exhibitors, local artists, live entertainment, food and activities to celebrate Pride Month. Whether you’re taking a break from the march or planning on spending the whole day there, PrideFest is a great way to celebrate Pride.
Vermont Events – Various Dates
Vermont’s main Pride event in Burlington takes place in September, but there are other events to be found in June!
The Montpelier Pride Fest on June 3 features a festival, a sidewalk parade, a free performance by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and a dance party.
The Barre Pride Fest on June 10 features a bake sale, family activities, a Pride bike ride and more.
The NEK Pride Fest in Newport, Vermont, on June 25 features a parade, dancing, live music, local vendors and food.
Are you looking forward to attending a Pride parade or event this year? Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!