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Pride events in NYC: What to do beyond the parade

Pride month goes well beyond the official New York City parade.

While thousands of locals will line up on Fifth Avenue to witness the annual festivities on June 24, there are plenty of other events this month dedicated to celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ community.

From art exhibits to dance parties to performances and other borough-wide parades, here's how to show your pride and celebrate Pride Month in the city:

Queens Pride (June 3)

This Jackson Heights parade and festival will be
Photo Credit: Queens Pride

This Jackson Heights parade and festival will be led by grand marshals Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Elijah Betts, who has been an active member of the LGBTQ community through outreach, event planning and more. The Hetrick-Martin Institute, which creates an environment for LGBTQ youth, will also be honored. Songwriter Ultra Nate will headline the parade, which starts at noon on 37th Avenue, from 89th to 75th streets. The accompanying festival will be on 75th Street at 37th Road and will have stages for entertainment, starting at 1:30 p.m.

"Gender Neutral" beer release party (June 3, 8)

Kick of Brooklyn Pride Week with a party
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Kick of Brooklyn Pride Week with a party at Three's Brewing (333 Douglass St.) on June 3, from noon to midnight, with DJ Matty Glitteratti, drag queens Misty Meaner and Mocha Lite, and the release of the brewery's new beer "Gender Neutral." Then on June 8, from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., another party at Threes @ Franklin & Kent (113 Franklin St.) will feature DJ Hardcandy and a performance by Archie Goats. The Gender Neutral beer will also be celebrated at this party. A portion of the beer's proceeds goes toward the Anti-Violence Project.

Pride Month Celebration (June 4)

Brooklyn Borough Hall will celebrate LGBTQ pride with
Photo Credit: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams via Facebook

Brooklyn Borough Hall will celebrate LGBTQ pride with DJ Mary Mac, refreshments and a ceremony to honor Aja from "RuPaul's Drag Race" and Abby Stein. (Free, 6 to 9 p.m., 209 Joralemon St., facebook.com)

Brooklyn Pride Week (June 4-9)

Leading up to Brooklyn's nighttime Pride parade on
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Leading up to Brooklyn's nighttime Pride parade on June 9, there are a number of fun activities to hit up, from a comedy night to an ice cream social and more. Here's a look at what's going on:

June 6: Ice cream social at Ample Hills Creamery, 305 Nevins St. in Gowanus, 7 to 10 p.m.

June 7: Brooklyn Pride comedy night at Club Xstasy, 758 Fifth Ave. in Sunset Park, 7 p.m.

June 8: Family Movie Night Under the Stars: "Black Panther" at the field behind the Old Stone House in Park Slope, 336 Third St.

June 8: Pre-Pride Day kick off at Hollow Nickel, 494 Atlantic Ave., 7 to 10 p.m.

June 9:

10 a.m.: 5K run, starting at Prospect West at 15th Street

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Multicultural festival with live entertainment at Fifth Avenue, from First to Ninth streets

7:30 p.m.: Twilight Brooklyn Pride Parade, starting at Fifth Avenue, from St. John's Place to Ninth Street

Bronx Pride Festival (June 5-27)

The Bronx has its own Pride events, spanning
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The Bronx has its own Pride events, spanning film screenings, dance nights and its own parade, which kicks off at 11 a.m. on June 17.

Here's a breakdown of what's planned:

June 5: Screening of "Paris 5:59" with cocktails at 2825 Third Ave., third floor

June 14: Salsa night at Roberto Clemente Plaza

June 15: "Fierce Friday Strike a Pose" cocktails and culture at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse

June 16: My Big Gay Bronx Brunch at Charlie's Bar and Kitchen, 112 Lincoln Ave.

June 17: 1 Bronx Pride March and Festival at 161st and Grand Concourse and 149th Street and Third Avenue

June 27: Bronx Borough President & allies' LGBT Pride Celebration at Billy's Sports Par, River Avenue at 161st Street

Queerly Contemporary Festival (June 9)

Catch works by LGBTQ+ artists, including dancers and
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Catch works by LGBTQ+ artists, including dancers and performers, at this festival, which will celebrate the community and bring together emerging and established artists, including Deborah Conton, Ricardo Francis, Zachary L. Denison and more. (Free, 7:30 p.m., City Center Studio 4, 130 W. 56th St., zullorawmovement.com)

Human Rights Conference (June 14)

For the first time, Pride is teaming up
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For the first time, Pride is teaming up with SUNY to put on a human rights conference, where activists, journalists, artists, educators, policymakers and more can have a dialogue. Aisha Moodie-Mills (pictured right, with Danielle Moodie-Mills) will give the keynote conversation with Andrew Gilmour. Tickets are $50.

Luminaries Brunch (June 16)

This buffet brunch with an open bar at
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This buffet brunch with an open bar at David Burke Kitchen celebrates leaders who have made an impact on equality in the workplace throughout the year. This year, City Councilman Ritchie Torres of the Bronx will be honored. Tickets are $60.

Broadway Sings for Pride (June 18)

The theater world will come together for a
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The theater world will come together for a concert benefiting The Tyler Clementi Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to end online and offline bullying. With "Revolution" as the theme this year, couple Anthony Bowens and Michael Pavano will host the show, which will feature Matt Doyle, Frankie J. Grande, Sam Donovan, the cast of "Afterglow," Ellyn Marie Marsh, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Russell Fischer and more. ($30-100, 7:30 p.m., The Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St., thecuttingroomnyc.com)

Out Cinema screening (June 18)

Head to SVA Theatre for a celebration of
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Head to SVA Theatre for a celebration of LGBTQ pride and community on film and an open bar after-party. Films haven't been announced yet, but check pride.org for details.

Family Movie Night (June 19)

Lounge on the Hudson River Park's Pier 45
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Lounge on the Hudson River Park's Pier 45 and enjoy Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" with your family for free. Camp Highlight will host kid-friendly, outdoor games before the movie starts. Check out how you can have a VIP experience here.

Queen Words, Queer Worlds (June 20)

LGBTQ poets, artists and performers will tell stories
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LGBTQ poets, artists and performers will tell stories of pride, including the New York City Gay Men's Chorus, Circle of Voices, Be Steadwell and t'ai freedom ford. There will also be a premiere of an episode of Viceland's docuseries, "My House," and a conversation with Michelle Esther O'Brien of the NYC Trans Oral History Project. ($16, 5 to 9:30 p.m., The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, brooklynmuseum.org)

Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt: NYC Pride Celebration (June 21)

Join Horrorchata, the co-founder of the annual Brooklyn
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Join Horrorchata, the co-founder of the annual Brooklyn drag festival Bushwig, Hannah Lou, Merrie Cherry, Mini Horrorwitz, Angelica Sundae and others at this Upper East Side party with DJ sets and performances. ($15, 6 to 9 p.m., 90th Street between Madison and Fifth avenues, cooperhewitt.org)

Pride Fantasy: Leather Edition (June 22)

Kick off Pride weekend with a party that'll
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Kick off Pride weekend with a party that'll get your blood pumping. This year's theme -- leather. Come dressed appropriately and dance to DJs Eddie Elias and Jared Conner at Slate NY. For ages 21 and older. Tickets start at $30.

Pride Rally (June 22)

Join the fight for equal rights with the
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Join the fight for equal rights with the Pride Rally, which first began in 1969 after the Stonewall Riots. It will be held at the Stonewall National Monument at 33 Christopher St. from 5 to 7 p.m., and it's free to attend.

VIP Rooftop Party (June 23)

Stop by the VIP rooftop party at Hudson
Photo Credit: Hudson Terrace via Facebook

Stop by the VIP rooftop party at Hudson Terrace, where DJs Boris, Dani Toro and J Warren will keep you dancing from 2 to 10 p.m. 21 and over. Tickets start at $75.

Pride Island (June 23)

Dance all day at Hudson River Park's Pier
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Dance all day at Hudson River Park's Pier 97 to the sounds of Tove Lo, Lizzo, DJ Simon Dumore, Big Freedia, Sasha Velour and DJ Dawson. Pride Island, which is the biggest live music event for Pride, is sold out for June 24. Tickets start at $60.

Femme Fatale (June 24)

This rooftop party for women at Hudson Terrace
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This rooftop party for women at Hudson Terrace includes music by DJs RosyQ, Mary Mac and Tatiana. Tickets are $60.

Pride Fest (June 24)

Walk this street fair of exhibitors, entertainers, like
Photo Credit: Christopher Gagliardi

Walk this street fair of exhibitors, entertainers, like "Glee's" Alex Newell, and activities that'll celebrate the LGBTQ community. It's free to attend and runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on University Place.

MetFridays: Pride (June 15)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's weekly event series
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art's weekly event series will celebrate pride the Friday before the NYC Pride March. Details of the event have yet to be announced, but expect dancing, music from local acts -- in past years, performers included the New York City Gay Men's Chorus -- and gallery talks. MetFridays are free with museum admission. (1000 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side, 5 to 9 p.m., $25, metmuseum.org)

Siren (June 24)

Siren, a bash for LGBT women and their
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Siren, a bash for LGBT women and their allies hosted by Girl Pride NYC at Watermark Bar, is expected to attract thousands. The waterfront will serve as the backdrop for DJs and go-go dancers at the all-night party. Tickets vary from general admission to table-side bottle service. (Pier 15, 78 South St., Manhattan, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., $35 to $225, eventbrite.com)

All-ages pride party (June 24)

Though many Pride Month events take place at
Photo Credit: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Though many Pride Month events take place at bars or clubs, The Tegan & Sara Foundation, Everyone Is Gay and Autostraddle are making sure everyone can enjoy at least one pride party, regardless if you've hit 21 yet. Entertainment will be announced soon. (Free, 126 Crosby St., Manhattan, 1 to 3 p.m., facebook.com/events)

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