Parade & Festival:  Sunday, June 5, 2016

Queens Pride, the organizer of the 2016 Pride Parade and Festival held in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY, welcomes you to celebrate the 24th parade and festival. First held in 1993, the fight for social justice and the celebration of community continues with this wonderful display of visibility and pride. Our theme this year is "Pride Unites Us!"

Over the years the parade and festival have grown and evolved to where today, we help to connect people within the community to various equality, social justice, health and educational organizations. With this outreach, the benefits are immeasurable in the many ways people have been helped to be themselves and live better lives.

We depend on your support, our fantastic volunteers and the dedicated members of Queens Pride who spend many hours to organize this event, and more, each year.

We hope to see you on June 5th!

 

The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps

The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps

The Lavender Line

The Lavender Line


Where

Parade:  37th Avenue from 89th Street to 75th Street. Kick-off at 12 noon. Reviewing stand at 37th Avenue between 79th and 80th Streets.

Festival:  75th Street and 37th Road. Queens Pride and Club Evolution stages provide entertainment throughout the afternoon, beginning at 1:30pm and ending at 6pm. Vendors, food and informative business, community and social group booths are located throughout the festival site.

Festival Stage

Festival Stage

Rainbow balloon arch over festival stage

Rainbow balloon arch over festival stage

This year's festival stage will be loaded with great talent reflecting the diversity of our community. Singers, comedians, drag acts, dance groups and much more. The show starts at 1:30 pm and ends with our headline performer - Crystal Waters. 

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When you hear the name Crystal Waters, you immediately think of a woman whose talent and brand has sustained her 20-year career, yet the breadth of her work continues to engage new fans and please her enormous base. She is best known for her string of domestic and international number one dance hits in the 1990’s, including her 1991 signature smash, “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)”, which garnered her three American Music Award nominations and made her an international sensation.  “Gypsy Woman” became a global, number one smash because of its socially-conscious lyrics and its positively infectious hook.  Crystal was firmly embraced by the dance community and in 1994, she again found mainstream success with “100% Pure Love”, which became one of the longest charting songs on the Billboard Hot 100, staying on the charts for a whopping 45 weeks.

Looking to perform on the 2016 festival stage? Send your "best" to us at info@queenspride.org. All submissions will be reviewed and those selected for full consideration will be contacted shortly.


parade registration

Registration for the parade is FREE - CLICK HERE.

Join the colorful and festive march!

festival registration

Be part of the street fair! If you would like a booth, complete the form.


GRAnd Marshals

Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland represents the 21st Council District in Queens, serving the neighborhoods of Corona, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst, LeFrak City and parts of Jackson Heights. With her election to the 21st Council District in 2009, Julissa became the first Latina elected to political office in Queens. After being re-elected for a second term in 2014, Julissa was appointed by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to the serve as the first woman and first person of color to Chair the City Council’s Committee on Finance. Julissa is committed to the rights of all New Yorkers, with a particular emphasis on the growing immigrant community. A native New Yorker, Julissa grew up in Corona and currently resides in East Elmhurst.

The AIDS Center of Queens County (ACQC) is the largest provider of HIV/AIDS services in the borough of Queens serving over 9,000 HIV+ clients, and 30,000 community residents in five sites throughout the borough. Services include case management, harm reduction and syringe exchange program, health education and prevention services, housing services, legal services, a licensed mental health clinic, and a food pantry program. Services are provided at no charge. ACQC celebrates with us as a valued sponsor. This year marks their 30th anniversary. AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider in the USA, of which ACQC is now part of. AHF currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 500,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Asia. Additional information is available atwww.aidshealth.org

Jessica Stern, Executive Director of the OutRight Action International formerly known as the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, specializes in gender, sexuality and human rights globally. As the first researcher on LGBT rights at Human Rights Watch and a Ralph Bunche Fellow at Amnesty International, she conducted fact-finding investigations and advocacy in relation to Iran, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. She has campaigned extensively for social and economic justice in the United States for the Center for Constitutional Rights, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, the Urban Justice Center and as a founding collective member of Bluestockings. A past board member of Queers for Economic Justice, she currently serves on the board of the International Bar Association’s Committee on LGBT Rights and the Law. Educated at the London School of Economics, she teaches at Columbia University.


Sponsors

Are you interested in sponsoring the Pride Parade and Festival? The are various opportunities for sponsors and how you can help us in putting on a great event while gaining community visibility for your organization. Drop us a line at info@queenspride.org and we will get back to you right away.