NYC Pride Unveils ‘Complete the Dream’ as 2015 Theme and Announces 2015 Grand Marshalls

Heritage of Pride, the organizers of NYC Pride has announced its 2015 theme, “Complete the Dream” with the release of theme artwork and brand elements for June’s celebrations. NYC Pride organizes some of the world’s largest and most prominent LGBT pride events, including: the March, the Rally, PrideFest, Family Movie Night, and iconic dances on Manhattan’s West Side piers. In selecting “Complete the Dream” as its 2015 theme, the organization endeavors to honor not only the dreams of LGBT people, but also the dreams of all people seeking liberation from injustice. Further, the theme is a reminder that the LGBT community’s fight is not over until all LGBT people, including youth, transgender people, and LGBT people of color, are shown full dignity and respect under the law and in society.


LGBT Pride as an annual event began in New York in 1970 on the first anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. In 2015, more than 1.7 million people are expected to participate in NYC Pride’s official slate of events, which take place from June 21 to June 28.

Our 2015 theme highlights how close we are coming to our dream of full LGBT equality and liberation,” said Maryanne Roberto, NYC Pride Co-Chair. “In fact, one facet of that dream—full legal recognition of marriage equality in the US—could be made real by the United States Supreme Court in the days before we step off down Fifth Avenue.”

The week’s events include the following:

June 23rd – Make your way to Family Movie Night this year for a special showing of Disney’s Finding NemoFamily Movie Night is moving to an even bigger location for 2015, Hudson River Park’s Pier 63 (Cross the highway at 24th or 22nd Street and West-side Highway), where you can enjoy a family-friendly flick, appropriate for all ages, while lounging under the stars on Hudson River Park’s Pier 63. Seating, blankets, and tasty treats will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. This event is FREE for everyone to attend.

June 26thThe Rally. The first NYC Pride Rally occurred one month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, when 500 people gathered for a “Gay Power” demonstration in Washington Square Park and followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square. NYC Pride has continued this proud tradition by hosting the event in various locations throughout the city. 2013 marked the opening of the official Pride events on Hudson River Park’s Pier 26.

Scene from the 2014  New York City Pride March

Scene from the 2014 New York City Pride March

June 27thVIP Rooftop PartyNYC Pride and Brian Rafferty proudly present the 5th anniversary of the VIP Rooftop Party. Dance on the most exclusive rooftop venue overlooking the greatest city in the world during the best weekend of the year, which will feature 4 INCREDIBLE DJs (DJ Ben Baker, DJ Saul Ruiz, DJ Grind, DJ Cindel3 INCREDIBLE LEVELS: Hudson Terrace Rooftop, Indoor Salon, Outdoor Terrace and Open Bar featuring Reyka Vodka, Milagro Tequila, Hendricks | 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. This is the official Saturday event of NYC Pride, the largest Pride week in the nation.

June 27thTeaze (formerly Rapture on the River) is NYC Pride’s exclusive event for women. After over a decade of “rocking women’s worlds,” the  pwers-that-be are refreshing the event and introducing tons of exciting new ways for ladies of all walks to come together and celebrate Pride! Many of the details are still being finalized.

Edie Windsor at the 2014  New York City Pride March. Photo Credit: from David Studinski (NYC Pride)

Edie Windsor at the 2014 New York City Pride March. Photo Credit: from David Studinski (NYC Pride)

June 27th – WE PARTY PRESENTED BY MASTERBEAT.  Masterbeat will once again present the official Saturday night event of NYC Pride with WE Party: University.  Come party with over 3000 of the hottest men from around the world as once again, the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom is transformed into NYC’s biggest mega-club with 6 points of thundering line array concert sound, mega-watt full color lasers, hundreds of intelligent moving lights and the signature production that has made Masterbeat events famous around the world.

The theme this year is “University” as Hammerstein is transformed into a venue dedicated to higher learning. You won’t mind a session of summer school with these school jocks and coaches, bad teachers, hot cheerleaders, academic professors and legendary dancers direct from Spain.   Assisting with your education will be international superstar DJ’s Sagi Kariv (Tel Aviv) and Micky Friedmann (Berlin) spinning the beats on campus.

Come get your degree at WE Party University.   Bachelors and Master’s Degree Tuition available now.  This is going to be one school where you won’t mind won’t mind staying at after class.   Detention anyone? (Saturday, June 27th 2015, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, between 8th & 9th Ave)

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June 28th – PRIDEFEST.  PrideFest, which will be going into its 22nd year in 2015, is the annual LGBT street fair that combines vendors, entertainers and activities for a day of fun and celebration in the name of equality. PrideFest attracts thousands of out-of-state visitors and brings them together with local residents and families, corporate sponsors, community leaders and area business owners. PrideFest is the perfect place to stop to listen to a few tunes, grab a bite to eat or score some great Pride gear. And the best part is, attendance is totally FREE! So be sure and round out your Pride experience with a trip to PrideFest. (Sunday, June 28th, 2015, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Hudson St. btwn Abingdon Sq. & W. 14th St.)

June 28th – The MARCH. The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect. The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. In 2014, the March was joined by over 325 unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of non-profits, community organizations, corporate sponsors, small businesses, political candidates and activists! With over 55 floats making the trek down Fifth Avenue, last year’s March was one of the largest and most exciting in history.

2014 Grand Marshal  Broadway, film, and television actor Jonathan Groff

2014 Grand Marshal Broadway, film, and television actor Jonathan Groff

June 28th – THE DANCE ON THE PIER. COME AND DANCE INTO THE NIGHT. NYC Pride is returning to Hudson River Park‘s Pier 26 in Tribeca with extended hours (3:00 PM – 10:00 Pm). Dance on the Pier, now in its 29th year, will again serve as the largest fundraiser for NYC Pride and its LGBT nonprofit grant winners. This year they are continuing to bring the biggest and best talent from around the world (including DJ The Cute Guys, DJ Ralphi Rosario and DJ Wayne G.). The event will once again close with the world’s longest-running LGBT fireworks display over the Hudson River. All proceeds from the Dance on the Pier benefit New York City’s Official Pride events and local LGBT community organizations. There are several packages available including General Admission ( includes entry into the space), VIP admissionUltra-Premium VIP Bottle PackageAll-Access NYC Pride Weekend PassNon-Alcoholic Drink PackageBud Light Drink Package (includes five Bud Light drink tickets. Does NOT include entry into the event), and the Spirit Drink Package (includes five spirit drink tickets. Spirits include: Reyka Vodka, Hendrick’s Gin, Milagro Tequila, Monkey Shoulder Whisky. Does NOT include entry into the event). Tickets sold at or at the following ticket vendors: Village Apothecary – 346 Bleeker Street and Delphinium Home – 353 West 47th Street .  Continue reading