June 28, 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The Stonewall Riots which took place in NYC, ignited the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.

To honor the 50th Anniversary, WorldPride is taking place in New York City this year – the birthplace of the gay rights movement and home to the Stonewall Inn. There are many awesome events planned for WorldPride in NYC this year – check out all the events planned and things to do.

Christopher Street Walking Tour incorporates LGBT history into their tour. For example, in 2016, President Barack Obama designated the site of the riots—The Stonewall Inn, and Christopher Park, and the surrounding streets and sidewalks as a national monument in recognition of the area’s contribution to gay and human rights.

Timeline for WorldPride NYC

The World Pride Opening Ceremony is Wednesday, June 26th in New York City. The exact location is still TBD and check back here to buy ticket this month. There is a Family Movie Night planned, many rooftop parties and events planned and much more. The Pride March is on Sunday June 30th, 2019.

Hosting your own Pride Party

If you can’t make it to New York City this year, hosting your own Pride Party is a great alternative. Living in Chicago we have an amazing PrideFest every June and our parade is a lot of fun. It takes place in Boystown and many people host their own pre-parties before the weekend long celebrations. Here are some ideas to help you host your own Pride Party.

Attire

You should get into the spirit by wearing Pride inspired clothing. If you are dressed in spirit, you should encourage your guest to participate as well. There are so many fun options. We found this awesome sports bra and the HRC always has adorable shirts, socks, bracelets and other merchandise that supports at great cause while helping you show your pride.

HRC Pride Shirts for Sale
HRC Pride Shirts for Sale
HRC Pride Shirts for Sale
HRC Pride Shirts for Sale

Besides t-shirts or rainbow tutu’s everyone knows face glitter, rainbow manicures and other flair are a must and will help you stand out in the massive rainbow crowd and bring the best Pride spirit to your party.

Dress your kids up, dress your dogs and animals up, dress your mama, and your family up. Wearing the rainbow has never been more fun and special and June is the best time to show your pride.

Food

Whether you are attending a Pride Party or hosting one – an easy food to bring or share would be cupcakes decked out in these rainbow liners. Making sure you and your guests have a good base in your stomachs before letting the party begin is always a good idea. Ham & Cheese sliders offer an easy, affordable solution to day drinking and leftovers will be your friend post party. Sweets are the easiest thing to do in the rainbow – rainbow jello, rainbow fudge and more.

Decorations

Rainbow toothpicks make any cupcake or cheese platter feature your Pride. Tape this flair around your kitchen island or your entertaining space or hang up these boas and when it’s time to roll out to see the parade invite your guests to wear them out.

Entertainment

The typical Lady Gaga, Madonna and other amazing playlist is a must. If you plan on playing any card games they now sell rainbow decks of cards. The entertainment is typically just catching up with friends, dancing, and then heading out to the Pride Parade but if your town doesn’t have a Pride Parade – a wild idea is that you could always hire your own drag queen to perform and entertain your guests. There are many companies available now that offer this unique performance. Screaming Queens in Illinois, Gig Salad, Drag Queen Show and Party Drag are just a few. In Chicago my favorite place to see drag shows are the Kit Kat Club, Hamburger Mary’s and the Baton Show Lounge.

For those of us born after 1969, learning the history of the Stonewall Riots is something we all should be familiar with because even though the riots didn’t start the gay rights movement, they were a major force for LGBT activism leading to the formation of the HRC, GLADD and PFLAG.