Here Are the Headliners of 6 U.S. Pride Celebrations in 2017

Here Are the Headliners of 6 U.S. Pride Celebrations in 2017

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We all know that at the heart of international Pride events is the desire to honor, celebrate and bring awareness to our hyper-inclusive LGBTQ community. What began as in-the-street demands for gay rights have since evolved into parties and parades (though this year has sparked a return to calls to #resist).

But these days, what’s a Pride celebration without pop music headliners taking the stage during the weekend’s festival?

While many cities’ Pride festivities feature local queer artists, many more — mostly the big coastal cities — are able to draw big-name talents as well. Which city has this year’s best musical lineup?

Take a look at the headliners of some of 2017’s biggest Pride celebrations:

1. Washington, D.C. Pride, June 8-11


With this year’s theme being “Unapologetically Proud!” Washington, D.C., has a true party planned for its Pride revelers. The four-day non-stop celebration includes a rooftop pool party on Thursday, an opening party on Friday, a full day of events through Saturday (a block party, the “Crack of Noon” Pride brunch and the Pride parade among them) and Sunday’s Pride Festival and Pride Concert.

Sunday’s concert is set to include performances by Tinashe, the Pointer Sisters and Miley Cyrus, who recently made waves with the release of her latest single, “Malibu.”

More info here

2. Los Angeles Pride, June 10-11

Erika Jayne

L.A. typically goes all-out for Pride Month, and this year is no different. “One City One Pride” includes 40 days of LGBTQ events taking place throughout the city, including film screenings, a tour of West Hollywood and artist-led protest sign making workshops. This year’s Pride weekend officially kicks off with the fifth annual LGBT Pride Night at Dodger Stadium, when the Dodgers play Cincinnati. (American Horror Story’s Matt Bomer will throw the ceremonial first pitch, and Glee’s Dot Marie Jones will sing the National Anthem!)

But the real party takes place over the weekend, when L.A.’s Pride Festival invites performers out to West Hollywood, this year including Chromeo, Brandy, Young M.A., Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Erika Jayne, Brooke Candy and Aaron Carter.

More info here

3. Chicago Pride, June 17-18

Taylor Dayne

Chicago’s 2017 Pride festivities feature a bevy of gay-favorite performers this year, including Taylor Dayne (who coincidentally is also headlining Cleveland Pride on Saturday, June 24), who will headline Saturday’s Pride Fest.

Also performing on Saturday are Vassy, David Hernandez, Thelma Houston, the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus and more.

Sunday’s headliners include Carlito Olivero and Kristine W.

More info here

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4. San Francisco Pride, June 24-25

Betty Who

Only one artist has been announced thus far for San Francisco’s always packed Pride celebration — Aussie singer-songwriter Betty Who — but more talent on the Pride festival’s MainStage will likely be announced in the coming weeks.

Once again, SF Pride will include its Sunday parade down Market Street, The Rotunda Party at City Hall (the weekend’s official VIP party) and the two-day Celebration at Civic Center Plaza, featuring multiple music stages.

More info here

5. New York City Pride, June 23-25

Years & Years

What a celebration NYC Pride has in store this year! Last month, “Pride Island” was announced — a three-day cultural experience featuring music of all genres beginning on Friday night. It’s planned to be the biggest live music event in NYC Pride history.

On Friday, Deborah Cox and Patti Labelle will take to the stage, so you’ll want to do some stretching before getting down to “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” and “Lady Marmalade.”

Saturday will see a ton of danceable pop take the stage. Performers include Tegan and Sara, British electronica trio Years & Years and the sounds of indie darling Roisin Murphy. On Sunday, Nelly Furtado (‘memba her?) will take the stage as the weekend’s big performer.

Pride Island is of course in addition to other official Pride events that include The Rally on Friday, June 16; a Family Movie Night; the Village Voice Pride Awards, hosted by Alan Cumming; a VIP rooftop party on Saturday the 24th; and the March on Sunday the 25th.

More info here

6. San Diego Pride, July 15-16

En Vogue

The biggest gay party in San Diego takes place in July each year, and this year the SoCal city has an amazing slate of performers planned for the weekend-long Pride Music Festival.

Coming to Balboa Park this year are En Vogue, Tinashe, Mexican actress/singer Lucia Mendez and queer rappers Cakes da Killa and Cazwell. They’ll be spread out over Saturday and Sunday — on three stages — along with nearly 100 other local performers.

Pride attendees can even purchase meet-and-greet tickets for En Vogue, Tinashe and Lucia Mendez.

More info here

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