Missed Pride in New York? From Glitter to Rainbows, Here's What You Missed
There are countless events and cultural happenings leading up to Sunday’s parade, but if your first thought is your outfit, we’re not here to judge. After all, Pride is about visibility, and the next most important thing after showing up is how you show up.
Patricia Field, the legendary downtown stylist behind Sex and the City, may have closed her eponymous megaboutique, but she still operates a small shop where you can find one-of-a-kind pieces by designers beloved by New York’s most fashionable club kids. Consider a bright tee featuring the face of the original gender-bending pop icon, David Bowie, silkscreened by hand by Ben Copperwheat. Bump up the rainbow quotient by accessorizing with a garland of colorful handmade clay beads by designer JoJo Americo.
From Pat Field’s, take a short trek through the Lower East Side to Otherwild, a sartorial headquarters to stylish activists in New York and Los Angeles. You can’t go wrong here; they carry everything from subtle signals of ally-ship, like patches and pins, to statement making home décor items. But to truly complete your look, you’ll need something called Passion Pants: hand-painted rainbow jeans from LA-based artist/designer EV Knox.
Where are you going in your fresh threads? The parade, obviously. Starting at 12pm on Sunday, participants and spectators will mark the 49th anniversary of the historic Stonewall uprising in a march that loops from Chelsea down through the West Village, and then back uptown to its conclusion just above Madison Square Park. If you’re queer or an ally, we’ll just assume you’ll be there.
But of course New York offers up plenty of other opportunities to participate in Pride. Not in the mood for a party just yet? Ease into the spirit of the weekend by hitting Bluestockings, the Lower East Side bookshop with a social justice mission, to pick up your copy of “Subject to Change,” an anthology of poetry and interviews celebrating trans voices, or “Sister Outsider,” an essential collection of essays by the black lesbian poet Audre Lorde.
Eventually you’ll want to put down the book and see a show. We know, come parade time you plan to be the show, but for now save your energy for applauding. Iconic torch singer Justin Vivian Bond delivers high glamour, cabaret numbers, and banter well worth the $35 ticket at Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday night.
Finally, if you are lucky enough to score a ticket, cap off Pride Week at Pride Island with Kylie Minogue on Sunday. This nine-hour dance party on a pier on the Hudson River is headlined by the pop goddess and will conclude with fireworks to light up the west side of Manhattan. Admission benefits Pride-affiliated organizations.