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Your Guide to Pride 2019

In June of 1969, the LGBT community kicked open the closet door for good with a rebellion at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. Orbitz proudly joined the fight for equality upon its founding in 2001. Since then, we’ve marched in countless parades, supported LGBT charities and created one of the first prime-time TV ads featuring an out-and-proud same-sex couple. So as you don your rainbow-colored shades and gear up to join millions in commemorating the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, we invite you to use this page—which includes insider tips for navigating the nation’s biggest Pride weekends, including WorldPride NYC—to plan and book all your travel. See you on the parade route!

LGBTQ-friendly New York hotels

Travel tips for New York Pride Parade

Best Place to Watch

Near the historic Stonewall Inn to be in the heart of the action; or near the end of the route on 29th Street near Madison Square Park for a less-crowded experience.

Getting There

Skip the Christopher Street and 8th Ave stops, and take the subway to Union Square (4, 5, 6, L, Q, N, R, W trains), where it’ll be less congested. CitiBikes are another easy option.

LGBTQ-friendly Hotels Near Route

The James Nomad is near the end of the parade route. If you’re looking to easily access several subway lines, try Row NYC in Times Square.

Beyond the Parade

Check out Pride Island, the multi-day live musical event featuring the legendary Grace Jones headlining Saturday, plus Teyana Taylor and Pabllo Vittar.

Ms. Richfield 1981’s WorldPride NYC picks

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  • Katz’s Deli

    Since 1888, this has been a NYC staple for deli food. Made famous in “When Harry Met Sally,” this Lower East Side fixture is worth the wait. Get the liverwurst on rye.

  • Amy’s Bread

    This fun bakery serves handmade artisanal breads, cookies and pastries. There’s five locations, but the Hell’s Kitchen outpost is best if you’re heading to the theater.

  • Vandal

    Tapas-style global street fare amid stunning murals (including one by Shepard Fairey) and a downstairs lounge. Think fun atmosphere and food!

  • Coppelia

    24/7 luncheonette dishing out Pan-Latin comfort fare in a casual, colorful setting.

  • Gabriel Kreuther

    Sophisticated French cooking presented in a chic, airy environment. Pricey, but amazing and worth it!

  • Yo Sushi

    Fun and tasty conveyor belt sushi. They’ll add up the bill when you’re done!

  • Ninth Avenue

    The heart of the gayborhood offers a smorgasbord of pre- and post-show eats including Mexican and Italian, cafés and wine bars, you name it!


  • World Trade Center Site and The Oculus

    Visit the beautiful and moving National September 11 Memorial and Museum, then stroll the lovely green walkway along the river. Nearby, the architecturally stunning Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center Mall serves as the most expensive train center in the world, and offers fun shops and eateries.

  • High Line

    This former elevated train track has become a fun and lovely elevated park and greenway running 1.5 miles along the westside of the city, from Gansevoort St to 34th St. There are several options to jump on and off, and in summer it stays open until 11pm!

  • Chelsea Market

    Fun complex for food and shopping. If you’re hungry, sample sushi, Italian, Mexican, breakfast, coffee, sweet treats ... and on and on.

  • Lincoln Center

    Although no opera will be presented at the Metropolitan Opera House, they will be presenting the American Ballet Theatre in June and July. ABT will be performing, ”Manon” the third week of June and “Swan Lake” the last week of the month.

  • The Whitney Museum of American Art

    This new, glamorous and fun art museum is worth a visit and very convenient to a lot of other fun things, as it’s right off the High Line and near the West Village and Meat Packing District.


  • Family Movie Night (Fri, June 21)

    Hudson River Park’s Pier 45
    Always a wonderful opening to NYC Pride and hosted by ME! It starts at 6:30pm with food and fun for the kids. The movie starts at sun down.

  • World Pride Opening (Wed, June 26)

    Help kick off a month long celebration of Pride and the first World Pride to be hosted in the U.S. Details are still to come, but you can expect live music and lots of colorful entertainment.

  • Rally: Stonewall 50 Commemoration
    (Fri, June 28)

    Christopher Street & Waverly Place
    Honoring and celebrating the historic June 1969 event that kicked off the major push for LGBTQ rights. Admission is free; arrive early.

  • Pride Island (June 28-30)

    Pier 97 at Hudson River Park
    Previously a pier dance, this is now a multi-day LGBTQIA+ cultural experience. After a hugely successful two consecutive years, NYC Pride is excited to bring Pride Island to Hudson River Park’s Pier 97 in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen.

  • Pride March (Sun, June 30)

    Steps out at noon and lasts for hours and hours and hours! Have fun watching the march and the folks watching the march.

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Travel tips for Chicago Pride Parade

Best Place to Watch

Halsted and Waveland Aves if you want to be in the heart of it; Broadway and Buena Ave if you want both space and shade.

Getting There

Get on the Red Line. Skip Belmont and instead exit at Addison for a less hectic journey.

LGBTQ-friendly Hotels Near Route

Hotel Lincoln is a couple of miles south of the action, and a quick bus ride away. For a peaceful, budget-friendly option further afield, try the Homestead Evanston, which still gives you easy access to the parade via the Red Line trains.

Beyond the Parade

Bars will be bumping in Boystown, the LGBT neighborhood where the parade takes place. During the day, grab your swimsuit and head north to Hollywood Beach.

LGBTQ-friendly San Francisco hotels

Travel tips for San Francisco Pride Parade

Best Place to Watch

The coveted grandstand seats on Market Street toward the end of the parade—but these reserved spots will cost you.

Getting There

Take the recently restored Harvey Milk streetcar on the F Market Line to get in a prideful mood. Or take a shared Ford GoBike and park at a designated spot at Hyde and McAllister Streets.

LGBTQ-friendly Hotels Near Route

The Parc 55 hotel is an official Pride partner this year, so staying here will give you easy access to all the festivities. Bei San Francisco is another good option; it’s just a 5-minute walk to the Civic Center area, where a big part of the celebration happens.

Beyond the Parade

SF’s Pride party, Under the Rotunda, offers a VIP ticket that includes access to a hosted bar, performances and more.

LGBTQ-friendly Los Angeles hotels

Travel tips for Los Angeles Pride Parade

Best Place to Watch

Views are good anywhere along the two-mile stretch of Santa Monica Blvd, but expect large crowds between La Cienega and Doheny where most of the bars are.

Getting There

Forget parking around here—go with a ride-share like Uber or Lyft instead.

LGBTQ-friendly Hotels Near Route

The Jeremy is a newer hotel in West Hollywood, just a few blocks from the parade route. Or try Dream Hollywood, a chic Hollywood spot offering a cool scene away from all the bustle.

Beyond the Parade

Stick around the area for the two-day LA Pride Festival, featuring live music, food and more revelry.

LGBTQ-friendly Washington DC hotels

Travel tips for Washington DC Pride Parade

Best Place to Watch

Dupont Circle, at the start of the route (around 22nd and P St NW), offers prime viewing; 14th St in the Logan Circle neighborhood has all the post-parade bar and dining options.

Getting There

Take the Red Line to Dupont Circle if you want to be near the start; the U Street station on the Green Line will take you to the parade’s end.

LGBTQ-friendly Hotels Near Route

Canopy by Hilton is a newer hotel in the recently revamped Wharf area, so you’ll be just close enough to the Pride festivities. To be right in the heart of the action, opt for The Wink, a newer boutique hotel in Dupont Circle.

Beyond the Parade

Hit the Capital Pride Block Party, where performances and festivities go until midnight.

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