Pride Guide Part 2: LGBTQ Gay Pride Celebrations - June 13th to 15th, 2014
The first LGBT Pride Celebration in the nation during the month of June was Jersey Pride in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
Writing for nj.com, reporter Ashley Peskoe described the large exuberant crowds that gathered to celebrate Pride at the Jersey shore.
ASBURY PARK – Rainbow flags painted the city on Sunday for the 23rd annual Jersey Pride parade and festival.
Grand Avenue was lined with people as the parade made its way from Cookman Avenue to the festival grounds at Ocean and Fifth avenues.
There, musical performances took to the stage as vendors sold food and various items to thousands of attendees.
This year, Jersey Pride President Laura Pople said the event attracted more than 20,000 people, more than years past.
"This is the biggest we've ever had," Pople said.
Pople said the event has grown over the years and it can be attributed to, in part, the recognition of marriage equality in New Jersey and the consistency of having an event each year.
Over 20,000 revelers descended on Asbury Park for Jersey Pride.
Thousands more will join together to celebrate LGBT Gay Pride over the coming weeks.
In Part 2 of our LGBT Gay Pride Preview, we look at the extravaganza’s planned in Baltimore, Boston, Brooklyn, and Key West.
Read about the Pride celebrations planned in Baltimore, Boston, Brooklyn, and Key West by clicking “Read More”
The 39th edition of Baltimore’s Pride Parade and Celebration run from June 13th to June 15th, 2014, in the city’s Mid-Town Belvedere neighborhood.
The three day celebration kicks off on Friday the thirteenth with the ninth annual Twilight on the Terrace, a cocktail party benefit, at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB).
The Saturday and Sunday Baltimore Pride weekend events are taking place at Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street.
On Saturday, just before the start of the parade, is the High Heel Race.
AT 1pm the Pride Parade starts at Eager and Charles Streets in Mount Vernon. Immediately following the parade, is the Pride Block Party at Mt. Royal Station (rain or shine).
On Sunday the 15th it’s the Pride Festival. According to the organizers, the Pride Festival will feature an array of regional and local performers, the Lady Lisa Memorial Drag Stage, and plenty of fun for the whole community to enjoy.
The city of Boston has a very active and diverse LGBTQ community, and that’s reflected in the shear number of events related to Boston Pride’s Parade and Celebration, which takes place from June 6th to June 15th, 2014.
On Friday June 6th, the official Pride launch party celebrates Black Pride. There’s Pride Day at Faneuil Hall on June 7th, and Pride Night on June 12th at Fenway Park, when the hometown Red Sox play the Cleveland Indians. On Saturday June 14th, the 44th annual Boston Pride Parade sets off at 11am. The Boston Pride Festival is on Saturday too, at City Hall Plaza (rain or shine).
The headliners for Boston’s Pride Festival include disco diva Jeanie Tracy, Glee star Alex Newell, MEN and Le Tigre’s JD Samson, “Same Love’s” Mary Lambert, and the duo A Great Big World (“Say Something”).
RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Roy Haylock, better known as Bianca Del Rio, will be performing on June 12th for PRIDE @ Glamlife Thursday's at The Estate dance club, with fellow contestant (and Boston resident) Jessica Wild. On Friday June 13th, RuPaul’s Drag Race alumnus Nina Flowers will be the DJ at Queer Fridays at Guilt Nightclub. On Saturday June 14th, RuPaul’s Drag Race alumnus Joslyn Fox will be performing at the Boston Pride Youth Dance 2014, hosted by Alex Newell, at Boston City Hall.
There are dance events galore during Boston Pride, and two of my all time favorite DJ’s are spinning at two events during Pride weekend. On Saturday night June 14th, the incomparable DJ Abel is spinning at Boston Pride at Night’s main event, at the House of Blues. I can only liken a dance party with Abel to a religious experience. The positive energy that Abel exudes through his music, can move you to tears. San Francisco’s very own Phil B is spinning at Sunday’s Back Bay Block Party. Phil B is the master of Sunday Mass, and his joy is so infectious on the dance floor, that I dare anyone to try and stand still. I know he’s gonna throw it down in Boston.
Brooklyn, New York
The Borough of Brooklyn, New York celebrates LGBT Pride week from Monday June 9th to Saturday June 14th, 2014.
Brooklyn’s Pride week kicks off with the raising of the rainbow flag at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Monday June 9th, at noon. The flag raising ceremony includes a color guard of LGBT veterans, and entertainment.
On Thursday June 12th, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is hosting a Pride reception at Brooklyn Borough Hall honoring the Brooklyn LGBT community.
On Saturday morning June 14th, Brooklyn Pride and Front Runners, the LGBT running club, is sponsoring a 5K LGBT Pride Run in Prospect Park. Part of the proceeds from the run will benefit Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) youth organization, to help continue their good work.
On Saturday June 14th, the Festival on Fifth Avenue will feature a cross-section of Brooklyn’s business, community, and city-wide organizations, that cater to LGBT residents, on six blocks of 5th Avenue between 3rd street and 9th street.
Brooklyn Pride’s twilight parade on Saturday night begins at 7:30pm at Fifth Avenue and Lincoln Place. The Grand Marshal’s are New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and New York City Councilman Carlos Menchaca.
Key West, Florida
The city of Key West is a small town with a big city reputation. After visiting Key West, you can’t help but fall in love with the friendly people and the beauty of the island.
With a rich literary history, and a very diverse cultural history, Key West has been welcoming artists trying to escape the rat race of urban life, for many decades. The allure of Key West wasn’t lost on the LGBT community, and there’s a thriving gay community living on this southern island.
The first openly gay mayor in the United States, Richard A. Heyman, was elected by the people of Key West in 1982.
Key West Pride runs from Wednesday June 11th to Sunday June 15th, 2014.
Wednesday’s June 11th Pride kick-off event is the Bow Ties and Bubbly Party, at the Island House pool. According to event organizers, this is the ONE time of the year that women are allowed inside the hallowed all male clothing-optional resort.
On Saturday June 14th, the day begins at 8am with a Tu-Tu 10K Relay. This is a 10K relay race where you pass your tutu to the next runner, instead of a baton! The race is 6 miles long, and you’re encouraged to run as part of a team. If you are part of a 6 person team, each runner runs for one mile, and then passes their tutu to the next teammate.
Key West Pride holds their 2014 Street Fair “The Heart of Duval” on Duval Street, Saturday from 10am to 7pm.
On Sunday June 15th, the Key West Pride Parade starts at 5pm sharp. Parade organizers say that Key West is a small town, and the parade has a small town feel, with big surprises.
The Grand Marshal for the 2014 parade is decorated US Army veteran Rob Smith, who wrote Closets, Combat and Coming Out: Coming Of Age As A Gay Man In The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Army.
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