Hudson Gay Pride 2016 - Columbia County NY Gay Pride 2016

Celebrating Gay Pride in Columbia County, New York

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••• Downtown Hudson abounds with cool little restaurants and gay-friendly cafes, including La Perche, a favorite spot for coffee and light lunches. photo by Andrew Collins

The small, riverfront city of Hudson (population 7,500) has become one of the most popular locales in New York's Hudson River Valley among gays and lesbians - both weekenders and full-time residents. A workaday city that experienced a sharp decline in the '60s and '70s, Hudson has experienced a renaissance in the past 15 years and is now home to a number of hip eateries, lively bars, noteworthy coffeehouses, and funky shops.

Each June, the city hosts a Hudson Gay Pride celebration - the anticipated date this year is June 17 through 19, 2016.

Last year, the events that made up Hudson, New York Gay Pride included Sunset and Moonlight Boat Cruises on the evening of Friday; a Hudson Gay Pride Parade along Warren Street at 2 pm on Saturday, a Pride Festival that same afternoon at Waterfront Park (Broad and Ferry Sts.), followed by a Cabaret and Dance Party; and the Hudson Pride Tea Dance on Sunday, from 4 pm until 8 pm.

Hudson Gay Resources

Additionally, local gay bars as well as gay-friendly restaurants, hotels, and shops will attract plenty of LGBT folks throughout Pride weekend. A helpful resource for learning more about the gay scene (as well as gay-friendly businesses) in the region is BigGayHudsonValley.com. Also take a look at the visitor site produced by the region's Columbia Country Tourism office for general travel advice.

Note also that Gay Pride events take place father south a bit earlier, including New Paltz/Hudson Valley Gay Pride in early June, and Big Gay Hudson Pride Preview Weekend in Poughkeepsie in mid-June.