NYC Pride, among the world’s biggest LGBT festivals, centers around a march commemorating the Stonewall Riots, but the mood is anything but solemn. There’s a party for everyone in the packed schedule of events, ranging from a family movie night (the Wizard of Oz screens at Hudson River Park) to a 3,000-strong, all-night celebration that transforms the Hammerstein Ballroom into a casino-themed megaclub. The official kick-off rally is on Friday at Pier 26, with performances by Sharon Needles and Betty Who, psyching up revelers for a weekend of clubbing. Guys will be feted by weekly dance party Click Fridays, which welcomes them to the massive BPM Club, and women should stop by Teaze, which is throwing an exclusive girls’ party for the 10th year running. If dancing’s not your thing, check out Uncivil Union at (Le) Poisson Rouge, showcasing a white-hot comedy lineup that brings together W. Kamau Bell, the ladies from Broad City, and others, to benefit several LGBT organizations. Festivities culminate today with the parade from 36th Street and Fifth Avenue to Christopher and Greenwich streets; Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox is among this year’s Grand Marshals. Pride-goers can wind things up afterward with the Dance on the Pier — last year, Cher stopped by. Various times and locations.
Sun., June 29, noon, 2014