Hudson Gay Pride, Columbia County, NY

Celebrating Gay Pride in the Hudson River Valley

Pride Parade, Hudson, New York
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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.

Hudson Pride Events

Events that make up Hudson, New York Gay Pride included Sunset and Moonlight Boat Cruises in the evening; a Hudson Gay Pride Parade along Warren Street on a Saturday afternoon, 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 the next day.

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.