NYC Pride March Defiantly Reverses Direction

The route change aims to alleviate "overcrowding and dispersal delays."

New York City Pride is really flipping its wig.

“To prepare for WorldPride 2019, the NYC Pride March route will be starting in Chelsea, going past The Stonewall Inn and then heading uptown starting in 2018,” organizer NYC Pride announced Saturday on social media.

“We believe this will still maintain the crazy energy of the village,” an NYC Pride rep continued in a Facebook comment. “With an expected one million additional people in 2019 we think it’s necessary for alleviating overcrowding and dispersal delays.”

Last summer, as in recent years, the parade began at Fifth Avenue and 37th Street, followed Fifth Avenue down to 8th Street and then along Christopher Street, ending on Greenwich Street for the annual Pridefest celebration.

On Sunday, June 24, and presumably for the 2019 March as well, parade participants will meet at 16th Street and Seventh Avenue, follow Seventh Avenue down to Christopher Street and then along 8th Street, before traveling up Fifth Avenue to disperse on 29th Street.

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WorldPride 2019 will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and mark the first time the international LGBT event will be hosted in the U.S. The Pride March also reversed direction for Stonewall’s 25th anniversary.

The theme of NYC Pride 2018, “Defiantly Different,” addresses the diversity of the LGBT community and its power to unify.

“This year’s theme is about showing our power, squaring our shoulders in the face of adversity, and continuing to sculpt that magnetic bond within the LGBTQ+ community and our allies,” said Pride co-chair David Studinski in a previous statement. “We are standing defiantly—defiantly different and defiantly as one.”

It was previously announced that the 2018 NYC Pride Grand Marshals will be tennis icon Billie Jean King, Lambda Legal, them editor Tyler Ford, and activist Kenita Placide.

Last month Kylie Minogue was announced as a headliner of NYC Pride’s Pride Island, a two-day musical festival running June 23 and June 24 on Hudson River Park’s Pier 97. Tove Lo, Big Freedia, Lizzo, and RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9 winner Sasha Velour are also set to perform.

For tickets and more details visit the NYC Pride website.

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