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With Pride season right around the corner, it’s no surprise that this week we saw a few huge announcements regarding who will be bringing festivalgoers to their feet come June. Most specifically we learned who the L.A. and NYC Pride performers will be, and we’re curious, seeing as how the two U.S. cities have an unspoken rivalry in so many other aspects, which city do you think comes out on top for Pride 2019?
NYC Pride Performers (June 29–30)
The NYC Pride performers were announced via press release yesterday, March 13. Headlining will be the inimitable supermodel-slash-dance music diva Grace Jones, and backing up her majesty at the annual Pride Island music festival will be R&B artist Teyana Taylor and an artist many Americans have probably never heard of: Pabllo Vittar, who is a household name in Brazil and is technically the world’s most popular drag queen pop star. (Vittar has more social media followers than even RuPaul.)
Amara La Negra and DJ Johnny Dynell have also been announced, but it’s a given that more artists and DJs will be added to the list of NYC Pride performers soon.
This is a special year for NYC Pride, as it’s also World Pride 2019, commemorating 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, the event attributed with kicking off the LGBTQ civil rights movement. (Though, yeah, technically the wheels were put in motion years before 1969.)
This is also the very first time a U.S. city will play host to World Pride, which means New York City is sure to experience an influx of LGBTQ folx from the world over come late June.
Head here for more info about NYC Pride performers and tickets.
L.A. Pride Performers (June 8–9)
Announced today, the Los Angeles Pride lineup is a robust one as well. Headlining the weekend-long festivities are Meghan Trainor, British electro-pop trio Years & Years and pop-R&B artist Ashanti.
Other artists include Dej Loaf, Greyson Chance, MNEK and Ah-Mer-Ah-Su, proving that L.A. is continuing is tradition of truly representing the full spectrum of music genres with its Pride performers. Also performing at Pride will be two artists scheduled for both cities — Pabllo Vittar and Amara La Negra. They’ll both be doing double-duty in the U.S. come June.
For the first time ever, L.A. Pride has announced Pride on the Boulevard for 2019. The main thoroughfare of West Hollywood, Santa Monica Boulevard, will become a free block party on Saturday and Sunday (between San Vicente and Robertson Boulevards), complete with performances by local artists.
Head here for more info about L.A. Pride performers and tickets.