New York, NY, May 25, 2023 – NYC Pride updates its 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. These policies continue NYC Pride’s ongoing efforts to acknowledge and be accountable for public safety measures that have inflicted 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 transparency for how community members can be safe as we care for ourselves, our communities and our environment. In 2023, NYC Pride will build on our commitment to safe events that encompass the intersectionalities of safety, wellness, accessibility and sustainability. Additionally, 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 is pivotal in creating a sustainable future. We are an agent of change to make a difference in the lives of the LGBTQIA+ community. The health of our planet and the well-being of our community is always first. We have a long-standing commitment to responsible sourcing and outreach. Our sustainability policy recognizes the unique opportunity we have to implement environmental best practices that will minimize our footprint and serve as a model for large scale events throughout the city and nationwide.
The NYC Pride March will begin at 12:00 pm EDT on Sunday, June 25 at 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 dance party will take place on Sunday, June 25 at Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT). BAT is accessible via subway, bus, ferry or car. BAT is just a quick 20-minute train ride from Lower Manhattan. Take the N and R lines to 59th Street in Brooklyn. Shuttle service from the train will be available for Pride Island. You can also take a 12-minute ride via NYC Ferry from Wall Street to Sunset Park. NYC Ferry South Brooklyn and Rockaway routes both make stops at Brooklyn Army Terminal.
PrideFest will take place on Sunday, June 25 beginning at 11:00 am EDT. The festival area is on 4th Avenue between East 8th and East 13th Streets. The festival can be accessed from all side-streets within the event area.
The Rally will take place on Saturday, June 17 at 4:30 pm EDT directly in front of The Archive Building at 154 Christopher Street between Greenwich and Washington Streets. Entry to The Rally is accessible via Greenwich Street.
For more information about NYC Pride 2023 visit: www.nycpride.org.
David Clarke | Senior Communications Manager
Dan Dimant | Media Director
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.