NYC Pride is changing things up this year. They are adding a new cultural experience –Pride Island– to their roster of events and we are super excited about it.
A new three-day cultural experience, Pride Island will feature Patti LaBelle, Tegan and Sara, Years & Years and Deborah Cox. It will take place Friday, June 23 to Sunday, June 25 at Pier 26. Pride Island offers a reimagined take of Pier 26 where music and community take center stage.
Pride Island isn’t necessarily replacing the iconic Dance on the Pier. However, organizers are trying something new this year to offer diverse programming to Pride attendees with an objection of inclusivity. While Pride Island is a ticketed event, Pride Festival will still be free and open to the public.
“While LGBT Pride at its heart is about activism and social change, we also believe that our community needs a space to celebrate who we are and what we’ve achieved, and that’s why we created Pride Island,” said Jose Ramos, Pride Island Director. “Each day focuses on different musical sounds and styles that people from all walks of life will be excited about; from celebrated music icon Patti LaBelle to indie pop stars like Tegan and Sara and Years & Years.”
LaBelle will headline the Friday night’s festivities, while Tegan and Sara and Years & Years will be featured on Saturday. No word yet on who will headline Sunday’s lineup, but expect it to be a pop-diva similar to the talent featured at Dance on the Pier. Past performers who headlined Dance on the Pier include Ariana Grande, Cher, Whitney Houston, Demi Lovato and Fergie.
Pride Island will be staffed with volunteers from LGBT-focused community organizations, allowing those organizations to raise critical funds that support their work. “Each year, our community grant program supports organizations to grow and thrive” said Chris Frederick, Managing Director. “Giving back and standing together as allies with our fellow LGBT organizations is a fundamental goal of NYC Pride’s work.”