NYC Pride Festival
Freed from lockdown and those pesky masks, New Yorkers took to the streets for an almost-impromptu celebration of Pride 2021. As the NYC Pride March wrapped up, the Greenwich Village was bustling with the usual excitement that comes with the Pride Festival.
Stretching over five blocks along 4th Ave, the LGBTQIA+ community gathered to bring entertainment, street vendors, and booty-shakin’ music to the 2021 Pride Festival. The downsized street fair ended at FoodFest and FoodBistro where sweaty attendees can break away from the sun for a sample-sized NYC tasting experience.
Due to this year’s limited in-person vending opportunities, Showfields served as queer shopping headquarters by including brands from NYC Pride’s digital MarketFest. Thriftier festival-goers stopped at street corners to score flags and fans under $5. However they chose to show their support of equality, the Village was full of rainbows that day.
NYC Pride Island
Those in the know, headed down to the South Street Seaport as the sun set for a legendary party dubbed Pride Island. Brought to you by NYC Pride producers, the dance/watch party at The Greens on Pier 17 featured digital community performances streamed from throughout the country.
Pride Island’s IRL attendees enjoyed a full set by DJ Joe Gauthreaux and breathtaking performances by Nicky Doll of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame (season 12). Other Drag Race alumni we spotted celebrating the unity included Tina Burner (whose RBF scared us off) and the adorable Scarlet Envy from season 11 and All Stars season 6 (pictured right with SDNYC crew).
The skyline view, music, and overall ambience of Pier 17 was the perfect setting for a post-COVID comeback. By the end of the night on June 27th, 2021, the LGBTQIA+ community of New York City walked away with a full day of memories and brag-worthy swag bags (YSL his & hers eau de parfum? Yasss!).
We can only imagine what NYC Pride has in store for 2022.