June is Pride Month, a time for celebrating the LGBTQ community and history. It’s also a time for throwing a parade. If you’re looking to celebrate Pride Month, there’s no better way to do it than at these local Pride parades and events. Though some longtime pride events in cities like Boston, Providence, R.I., and Portland, Maine, have postponed or canceled due to COVID-19, there are still plenty of others to choose from. Check out these upcoming Pride parades and events near you!
NYC Pride – June 27
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. The NYC Pride March went digital due to the pandemic in 2020, but it’s taking to the streets once more in 2021.
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.
Provincetown Pride – June 4-6
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 combined Elton John and Billy Joel tribute concert, dance parties, Express Your Queer Self Day and the Provincetown Follies, billed as “The Gayest Show in Town.” True to Provincetown culture, there’s even a pride-themed whale watching trip.
Queen City Pride Festival – June 19
Celebrate pride in the Granite State with the Queen City Pride Festival, taking place in Arms Park in Manchester, N.H. With artists, local vendors, food trucks, live entertainment and more, you’ll never get bored. The best part? It’s free to attend.
Long Island Pride – June 13
Long Island Pride 2021 is fondly subtitled “Together Again,” a perfect theme for a celebration that had to be put on hold in 2020. While it’s a bit smaller than it has been in years past, it won’t be any less fun. This year’s event is a live concert and celebration at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park. Headlined by Queen tribute band Almost Queen, Long Island Pride is limited to 500 attendees, so be sure to get your tickets sooner rather than later!
Newport Pride – June 26
Are you ready to put the pedal to the metal? The main event of Newport Pride is the Pride Ride, 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 2-mile bike parade around Newport, R.I., ending in the Pride Market and Festival at Equality Park. The Pride Market and Festival features live entertainment, local retailers and vendors, food, music and fun activities for the whole family.
Although not all parades can happen live this year, many are holding virtual events for attendees to tune into. Boston Pride is holding a series of virtual events like Pride Lights, Express Your Pride and a flag raising ceremony. Even though NYC Pride is offering in-person events, they also have virtual offerings like Youth Pride and Pride Island.
Are you looking forward to attending a pride parade or event this year? Did your local parade go virtual? Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!