Hampton Roads Pride “Love Unites” kicks off Saturday, June 17 with the Block Party at 7 p.m. at Norfolk Scope Arena (201 E. Brambleton Ave., Norfolk, Va.) with DJ Tezrah. Sunday brings Pridefest 2016 from noon-6 p.m. at Town Point Park. For more information, visit hamptonroadspride.org.
The week-long New York City Pride celebration starts Sunday, June 19 kicking off with a “Pride Luminaries” brunch, which will honor guests Edie Windsor, Judith M. Kasen and the Honorable Thomas Duane at David Burke Kitchen (23 Grand St., New York).
Other events include the rally on Friday, June 24, hosted by YouTube sensation Todrick Hall and will feature performances from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season eight winner Bob the Drag Queen, who also performed in D.C. last weekend.
The main event of the city’s Pride weekend is the New York Pride March, which kicks off Sunday, June 26 at noon. The March begins at 36th St. and 5th Ave., and ends at Christopher and Greenwich streets. The annual civil rights celebration, which will feature 50 floats and more than 300 organizations, began as a 500-person “gay power” demonstration in June 1969 after the Stonewall Riot.
This year’s grand marshals will be 15-year-old Jazz Jennings, the youngest grand marshal in New York Pride history and the honorary co-founder of the Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation; Subhi Nahas, a Syrian refugee, who co-founded the first LGBT magazine in Syria, Mawaleh; and Cecilia Chung, an internationally recognized HIV/AIDS awareness and social justice advocate for 30 years.
Following the parade will be Dance on the Pier from 2-10 p.m. on Hudson River Park Pier 26. All proceeds from the dance, including performances by Ben Baker and Honey Soundsystem, will benefit New York City’s Official Pride events and local LGBT community organizations. For more information on pride celebrations in New York City, visit nycpride.org.
Frederick’s fifth annual Pride Festival will take place Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. in Carroll Creek Linear Park in Frederick, Md. There will be bands, drag, DJs, dancing, and live performances. Other events include a Pride Interfaith Service at 10 a.m. and a Pride after party at the Lodge (21614 National Pike., Boonsboro, Md.) at 9 p.m. For more information, visit thefrederickcenter.org.
Eastern Panhandle’s third annual Pride in the Park will take place Saturday, July 9 at Morgan’s Grove Park (4198 Kearneysville Pike., Shepherdstown, W.Va.) from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The theme of the event will be “Tearing Down Walls. Building Bridges.” To gain access to all events, organizers request that attendees bring canned foods to donate to Jefferson County Community Ministries for those with nutritional needs. There will also be service in solidarity with the 50 Victims and 53 Survivors of the Pulse Club attacks in Orlando. For more information, visit panhandlealliance.wix.com/
The Baltimore Pride Celebration begins Tuesday, July 19 with “Twilight on the Terrace,” a cocktail party and fundraiser at Gertrude’s Restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The festival will continue throughout the weekend and will include a high heel race on Saturday, July 23 and a block party on Sunday, July 24.
For more information, visit baltimorepride.org.