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Where to Celebrate Pride Month in the Hudson Valley

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Enjoy parades, live performances, art shows, and other Pride Month events celebrating the LGBTQ+ community throughout the Hudson Valley.

Hudson Valley Pride is back and better than ever this June. With an abundance of events and activities scattered throughout Pride Month, the celebrations offer something for everyone. Round up your friends and get ready to show your support in style.

 

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First Friday: VOGUE

Truth Lounge, Poughkeepsie
June 4, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Poughkeepsie’s Truth Lounge is a perfect spot to welcome Pride Month to the Hudson Valley. The 3,000 sq ft restaurant, cocktail bar, and dance lounge centers its “First Friday” celebration around Dutchess County’s LGBTQ+ community. Arrive before 7 p.m. for free entry. Food and drink specials fuel a night of music and dancing. DJ sets, hookah lounges, and other surprises await.

Queer Summer Nights Kickoff

Bad Seed Cider, Highland
June 4, 6-10 p.m.

The ever-popular Queer Summer Nights Series kicks off LGBTQ+ Pride month at Bad Seed Cider. Say cheers and hold a toast with a can of Bad Seed’s new collaboration with Big Gay Hudson Valley. This limited edition hard cider features a ton of pink edible glitter. Enjoy the warmth of outdoor firepits and the competition of cornhole in-between performances from the evening’s hostess and diva, Haireola Grande. Get advance tickets online for a $5 discount.

Pride in the Park

Hasbrouck Park, New Paltz
June 5, 1 p.m.

Kick off Pride Month in the beautiful outdoor spaces of New Paltz. There will be a host of performances, activities, and other ways of celebrating the LGBTQ+ community in the Hudson Valley and beyond. Check out drag shows, listen to songs from Resisterhood Choir, skate along a pop-up park, explore the world of henna, and so much more. For anyone who wants to showcase their art, projects, or initiatives, sign up through the online form to book a space in the park.

 

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Second Annual Putnam Pride

Historic Putnam County Courthouse, Carmel
June 5, 1 p.m.

Join up at the Historic Putnam County Courthouse for the second annual celebration of Putnam Pride. The festivities continue down Gleneida to the Gilead Presbyterian Church lawn. Angel Elektra and Shay D’Pines keep things lively as the community makes its way to an outdoor stage. Singers, dancers, drag queens, and other artists will strut their stuff and dazzle their audience with open-air performances.

 

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’80s New Wave Dance Party

Hotel Nyack, Nyack
June 5, 6-9 p.m.

Who doesn’t love the ’80s? Don colorful attire and head to the newly reimagined Hotel Nyack for an evening of dancing and throwbacks. Bump to the era’s most recognizable new wave hits from acts like Depeche Mode, Erasure, and more. Rockland County artists Bobby Belfry and Jim Keniff perform these classic jams. In between songs, grab refreshing cocktails from the cash bar and enjoy small plates from The Grille at Hotel Nyack. Come back on June 27 for a tea party and brunch with music from DJ John Martin.

Rockland Pride Promenade

Downtown Nyack
June 6

Traffic shuts down for this gathering of eclectic dining, clothes shopping, artisan vendors, and so much more. Performances from musicians and drag queens keep things exciting along Nyack’s streets. Presented by the Rockland County Pride Center, Pride Promenade fosters an inclusive gathering of the LGBTQ+ community and Rockland small businesses alike. As the site says, this event is free and open to all, as anyone can get down to support equality and justice.

 

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Community Crosswalk Painting

Downtown Nyack
June 10, 10 p.m.

Want to celebrate Pride with artistic expression? Join the Rockland Pride Center and Nyack NAACP to transform the crosswalks of downtown Nyack. Email pride@rocklandpridecenter.org to register, and hit the streets to paint gorgeous murals. Artists will gather at 10 p.m. to allow traffic in Nyack to dissipate.

PK Pride Festival and Parade

Main St, Poughkeepsie
June 12, 12 p.m.

Welcome Pride Month in the Hudson Valley with the PKGO Price Car Parade. This Dutchess County event hosts actress and singer Lea DeLaria (of Orange is the New Black fame) as the parade’s “grand marshal.” Members of the Poughkeepsie community and beyond are invited to decorate their vehicles and join the caravan while competing to win the most colorful, most creative, or funniest display. Stay tuned for Pride events throughout June including Drag Bingo, Rainbow Prom, and much more. For a full list of June Pride virtual and hybrid celebrations, visit the Dutchess Pride Center calendar.

Paw Pride Extravaganza

PaPaw’s, Nyack
June 19, 2-5 p.m.

What could be cuter than dogs on parade? Return to Nyack for an extra special Pride celebration. Pups will compete for the best costume, earning prizes like a free stay at Papaw’s Dog House Dog Camp. All of the funds raised will go directly to Rockland Pride in Nyack.

Family PRIDE in the Park

Pugsley Park, Peekskill
June 26, 1-5 p.m.

Sunny June weather makes Pride month even more joyous in the Hudson Valley. Spend a day soaking in the sun at Pugsley Park. This free event features a host of family-friendly events. Take part in colorful craft activities, drag queen story time, spoken word poetry, pet photo contests, and much more.

 

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Celebrate Dutchess Pride Virtual Arts Show

Dutchess County Pride Center, Lagrangeville
Throughout the month of June

Engage with art from creatives across the Hudson Valley. Dutchess County Pride Center hosts a hybrid arts show throughout the month of June. Explore the exhibit’s virtual galleries online, or visit the center to check it out in person. Visitors to the center will have to complete a COVID-19 screener prior to the event.


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