Situated centrally in Upstate New York, the state's fifth-largest city (population 145,000) has developed a reputation as a livable, affordable metropolis, as well as a gateway both to the scenic Finger Lakes Region and the rugged and mountainous Adirondacks. Home to Syracuse University - renowned for its communications, business, and architecture programs, among others - the city has a number of appealing neighborhoods, notably the Hawley-Green, a center of GLBT culture, and the similarly liberal and inclusive Westcott neighborhood.
Central New York Pride
Syracuse has a good-sized gay and lesbian community, and each June it hosts the Central New York Pride Festival, which some refer to simply at Syracuse Gay Pride. This year the date is June 17, 2017, which puts it a little after other notable Upstate New York Prides, such as Buffalo and Albany, but before the famous one in New York City and a month before Rochester Gay Pride.
Syracuse Gay Pride Parade and Festival takes place Saturday, June 17, at Syracuse Inner Harbor. The parade starts at 11 am.
Here's a full calendar of events taking place in Syracuse during Pride Week.
Syracuse Gay Resources
Not surprisingly, a number of bars and other businesses in Syracuse tend to be a lot busier over this weekend. Check online resources about the Syracuse gay scene, such as the Syracuse University LGBT Resource Site. Also take a look at the useful travel site produced by the city's official tourism organization, Visit Syracuse.