NYC Pride announces three-day festival and an island upgrade

New York, New York – Pride Weekend in New York City is the most colorful celebration in the Big Apple, and its concert event is returning this year with an epic headliner and a three-day blowout in a new island locale.

Kim Petras (r.) will headline Pride Island, slated this year as a three-day musical festival event on Governor's Island in NYC.
Kim Petras (r.) will headline Pride Island, slated this year as a three-day musical festival event on Governor's Island in NYC.  © Collage: IMAGO/ Levine-Roberts & ZUMA Wire

The last weekend of June each year is affectionately known as Gay Christmas, when members of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies don rainbow colors to celebrate the anniversary of the modern gay rights movement in New York.

Culminating this June's events will be the return of Pride Island as a new-and-improved three-day music festival from June 24 to 26, and will be hosted for the first time ever on Governor's Island. Pop star Kim Petras will headline the show and close out the festivities on Sunday night.

This year marks the first fully in-person Pride Weekend in three years, as the last two years included a virtual parade in lieu of its famous Manhattan march mixed with scattered in-person events around NYC. Past pre-pandemic Pride Island events were held overlooking the Hudson River.

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NYC Pride announced all tickets to 2022's Pride Island will include three days of programming, activations, food vendors, and performances with roundtrip ferry tickets to Governor’s Island in the East River from Manhattan and Brooklyn. Friday night's theme will be Drag Island, with performances by local and celebrity drag queens. Saturday will debut curated performances by Papi Juice, "an art collective that aims to affirm and celebrate the lives of queer and trans people of color," according to the fest. Sunday will feature DJ sets from Eddie Martinez, Dani Toro, Alex Chapman, and close out the weekend with Petras.

More special guests are still to be announced.

Three day general admission tickets start at $249, and go on sale April 6.

Cover photo: Collage: IMAGO/ Levine-Roberts & ZUMA Wire

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