NYC to Host World’s Largest Pride Celebration in June

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Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, NYC Pride will simultaneously host WorldPride during its 2019 season. This marks the first WorldPride hosted on United States soil and the second North American WorldPride in the event’s nearly 20 year history.

The sixth edition of WorldPride will welcome millions of domestic and international LGTBQI+ guests to New York City. Attendees will encounter a once-in-a-lifetime experience to honor and celebrate the Pride movement in the same location where the modern movement began in 1969.

Accordingly, NYC Pride’s 2019 season is dually branded Stonewall50 and WorldPride 2019. NYC Pride is producing WorldPride’s official events, including never-before-seen activities alongside special editions of iconic events such as the March, Rally and Pride Island.

Stonewall50/WorldPride 2019’s theme is “Millions of Moments of Pride,” representing the invaluable and countless experiences every person encounters during annual celebrations and commemorations around the world, The Pride experience is as unique as its participants, because it is unique to each participant.

Last month, organizers announced that the NYC Pride’s official WorldPride Closing Ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 30th from 7 – 10pm in NYC’s Times Square. The evening will provide a full slate of influential speakers and global musical talents who represent the cultural diversity, tenacity, and grace of the LGBTQIA+ community. One of the renowned artists slated to perform is Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter, Melissa Etheridge.

“I am thrilled to perform at the WorldPride Closing Ceremony while commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising,” said Etheridge. “Times Square will play home to a momentous multitude of LGBTQIA+ individuals. It will be an evening of love, pride, and community.”

WorldPride is a licensed event granted by InterPride, an international membership organization of Pride organizers. In October 2016, NYC Pride representatives delivered and won the bid to host the WorldPride 2019 in conjunction with the Stonewall50 commemoration year and theme.

NYC Pride is working closely with state and city officials to produce welcoming events at an unprecedented scale during the 2019 season. Through grants and outreach, the organization is working closely with community groups to produce new events and scale their existing events to exceed visitors’ expectations during the 2019 season. In 2018, NYC Pride is provided over $150,000 to local organizations, a number intended to increase during 2019.

WorldPride is a culturally-diverse expression of the quest for equality and liberty of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people worldwide. It exists to rally the LGBTI communities on a global level, thereby promoting our universal quest for freedom and human rights.

Past WorldPride Locations

  • Rome (2000)
  • Jerusalem (2004)
  • London (2012)
  • Toronto (2014)
  • Madrid (2017)
  • Copenhagen (2021)

For more information about this event, visit Stonewall50/NYC Pride.