New York City's most populous borough (with more than 2.5 million residents), Brooklyn was established as a separate city, and it remains very much its own entity. Several neighborhoods have become popular with gays, especially Park Slope, which has one of the nation's highest concentrations of lesbian residents. Park Slope is the site each year of Brooklyn Gay Pride, which is held in early June, and moved to a new location (5th Avenue between 3rd and 9th streets) a few years ago from its prior spot on the edge of Prospect Park.
Celebrating its 21st year in 2017, Brooklyn Gay Pride took place on Saturday, June 10th, one week following Queens Gay Pride, and two weeks before Manhattan's official New York City Gay Pride as well as Harlem Gay Pride in upper Manhattan.
Brooklyn Pride Events
In addition to the main festival and parade, a few related events typically include an Interfaith Service, a Flag-Raising Ceremony at Borough Hall, a 5K Pride Run, and an Official After Party.
The main events of Brooklyn Pride include a festival and night-time parade (the only Pride parade in the Northeast held at night), both of which take place on Saturday.
Throughout the day on Saturday, the Brooklyn Pride Festival is held in Park Slope, along 5th Avenue between 3rd and 9th streets. The festival includes a street fair with community businesses and organizations, food and shopping, a play area for kids and families, and a main stage with live music, comedy, dance, and other performers. If you're arriving by Subway, take the D, N, or R train to the 9th Street stop, or the F or G to the 4th Avenue stop.
The Brooklyn Gay Pride Parade takes place following the festival. It begins around Lincoln Place and marches to the corner of 9th Street and 5th Avenue.
Brooklyn Gay Resources
The borough's several gay bars, as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops, have special events and parties throughout Gay Pride. Check local gay papers, such as Get Out! magazine, and Gay City News. And be sure to check out the helpful GLBT website produced by the city's official tourism organization, NYC & Company.