Hudson River Park, nycpride.org. The first NYC Pride Rally occurred one month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, when 500 people gathered for a “Gay Power” demonstration in Washington Square Park, followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square. NYC Pride has continued this proud tradition by hosting the event in various locations throughout the city. In 2013, they marked the opening of their official Pride events on Hudson River Park’s Pier 26. General Admission is free and available for all. No tickets required. 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
XL, 516 W 42nd St (Tenth/Eleventh Aves), vossevents.com. The Pride edition of Bathhouse at XL Nightclub returns for the second time. The over 16,000 square foot party space will be converted into a 70s-style raucous and steamy bathhouse complete with an adult theater, locker room, live performances and over thirty men on stage in nothing more than towels. “In the early 70s, the bathhouse was a symbol of gay freedom, a place to literally shed one’s inhibitions and secrets,” says event producer, Brandon Voss. “Nearly fifty years later, we're recreating the experience by inviting today’s generation to shed their inhibitions--and iPhones--with complimentary towels and a clothing check.” DJ W Jeremy spins.
637 W 50th St, furballnyc.ticketleap.com. Jack Chang (Frankfurt), Corey Craig (NYC), Matt Effect (Sydney), Benson Wilder (Dallas) spin this rooftop party with two dance floors full of 500 hot hairy guys. Go go bears and cubs hang from the ceilings. With great views and great music, Furball was a New York Times pick in 2015 for best Pride Events and picked by Time Out as one of the top events of spring 2016. 10:00 pm to 6:00 am.
Diamond Horseshoe, 225 W 46th St (at Seventh Ave), nycpride.org. Join NYC Pride and Brian Rafferty Productions for a neon fantasy unlike any you've ever experienced. After living out your burlesque fantasy last year, this year dress up in your brightest neon colors and kick off NYC Pride weekend properly. Hidden beneath Times Square, this $20 million club showcases some of the best performance artists, lighting, sound, and special effects in New York City. DJ's DJ Grind and Scott Martin headline the event. 10:00 pm to 5:00 am. $50 advanced general admission.
Matinee Main Party
Capitale NY, 130 Bowery, matineepride.com. Offer Nissim returns to New York spinning Matinee Price for the first time ever at the Friday Main Party. Expect incredible production with a huge sound, lighting and visuals installation unlike anything New York has ever seen at the historic Capitale. Join them for the After-Party just a few blocks away at SONO with DJs Phil Romano (Barcelona) and Billy Lace (NYC). 10:00 pm.