NYC Pride announces a new set of policies surrounding safety, wellness, accessibility, sustainability and more to reinforce and reassert our commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of event goers and the greater community. The policies being announced continue NYC Pride’s ongoing efforts to acknowledge and be accountable for public safety measures that have brought irreparable harm to transgender, womxn, black, indigenous and peoples of color that have engaged in NYC Pride events. Beginning in 2021, NYC Pride publicly banned corrections and law enforcement exhibitors from marching in their uniforms and participating in recruitment activities at NYC Pride events until at least 2025. This action was a step in the path of transformative justice affirming our commitment to eliminating violence, harm, and abuse at NYC Pride events.
Continuing on this path requires more transparency for how community members can be safe as we care for ourselves, our communities and our environment. Beginning in 2022, NYC Pride will build on our commitment to safe events that encompass the intersectionalities of safety, wellness, accessibility, and sustainability. Additionally, we are announcing a clear set of policies for maintaining public health standards as the spread of COVID-19 continues. Lastly, we are providing logistical details of our major public events so that spectators and event goers can enjoy NYC Pride safely and stress-free.
NYC Pride is committed to creating safer spaces for LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and BIPOC LGBTQIA+ communities. Many of our community members have been affected by police raids, escalations in violence against marginalized groups, and laws that set to criminalize people from living their truth. Our safety policy seeks to clarify how our community engages with public safety at NYC Pride events.
NYC Pride seeks to contribute to the well-being of the community through our events and programming. We take active steps to be readily prepared with EMS and First Aid, as well as hydration stations, mental health services, content trigger warnings, and more. We also carefully consider the roles that alcohol and/or drugs may play at Pride events and take steps to encourage moderation and self-care.
NYC Pride will build upon existing accessibility practices to place a renewed emphasis on making our events accessible to the full community. Our events include ASL interpreters, ADA entry/exit, and dedicated areas for wheelchairs and mobility devices. Restrooms will be ADA accessible and gender-neutral with appropriate signage, and a selection of our events will be available for streaming.
As a major event in one of the world’s largest cities, NYC Pride plays a pivotal role in creating a sustainable future. Our sustainability policy is a recognition of the unique opportunity we have to implement environmental best-practices that will minimize our footprint and serve as a model for large events throughout the city and nationwide.
The coronavirus pandemic forced NYC Pride to shift into virtual formats for 2020 and 2021. While we are pleased to return to a fully in-person format for 2022, we are learning to live in an environment with recurring spikes in COVID-19 case numbers. NYC Pride is committed to bringing the community together in person with basic safety precautions in place to ensure we can celebrate Pride with the lowest possible risk.
The NYC Pride March will begin at noon on June 26th from 25th Street and 5th Avenue. Marchers will proceed south on 5th Avenue before heading west on 8th Street. After crossing over 6th Avenue, the March will continue on Christopher Street passing the Stonewall National Monument. It will then turn north on 7th Avenue, passing the New York City AIDS Memorial, before dispersing in Chelsea at 16th Street and 7th Avenue.
This year’s Pride Island music festival will take place on Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26 at Play Lawn on Governors Island. The Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street in Lower Manhattan will serve as the primary entry point for all event goers. The Battery Maritime Building can be accessed by subway (1 to South Ferry, 4/5 to Bowling Green, R to Whitehall Street) or by bus (M9, M15, M20, M55). Ferries will be operated by The Trust for Governors Island. Pride Island attendees may show their tickets to board ferries departing from the Battery Maritime Building; no additional reservations are required.
In addition to the dedicated ferry schedule listed above, event goers can access Governors Island via regularly scheduled ferry service which will be fully operational throughout the weekend. Pride Island attendees are strongly encouraged to take ferries to the event departing from the Battery Maritime Building as outlined above. Additional ferry service to Governors Island is available via the Trust for Governors Island’s weekend service departing from Brooklyn and via NYC Ferry for $2.75 prior to 7PM. Please note, after 7PM there is no service via NYC Ferry or to Brooklyn. All return ferries for Pride Island guests will return to the Battery Maritime Building.
PrideFest will take place on Sunday, June 26 beginning at 11:00am EDT. The festival area is on 4th Avenue between East 8th Street and East 13th Street. The festival can be accessed from all side-streets within the event area. Community gathering experience FamilyFest will be located at Astor Plaza (East 8th Street and 4th Avenue).
NYC Pride is proud to announce that The Rally will take place at The Battery, a larger venue than in years past that can accommodate more attendees, while also maintaining social distancing and making COVID-19 precautions as a top priority. Entry to the Rally is available at State Street and Battery Place. After two successful years of producing virtual rallies, NYC Pride will host this event in a hybrid format to ensure as many people as possible have access to this important event. Guests can register free of charge here.
For more information about NYC Pride 2022 visit: www.nycpride.org.
Dan Dimant | Media Director
Cathy Renna | Media Consultant
ABOUT HERITAGE OF PRIDE Heritage of Pride, Inc. is the volunteer-directed organization behind the official NYC Pride roster of events. Heritage of Pride’s mission is to work toward a future without discrimination where all people have equal rights under the law. We do this by producing LGBTQIA+ Pride events that inspire, educate, commemorate, and celebrate our diverse community.