First pride in nyc 2011: any advice? Realjock meetup?

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    Jun 21, 2011 2:13 PM GMT
    Hey guys, I was thinking of goin to nyc pride this weekend since I live on long island. Anyone have some advice for a first timer? Fun events, free activities areas to go, clubs/bars that are good?

    Anything else I should know about? I will b going by myself so I can't b too reckless but also wanna have fun. Which brings me to my next question.

    Any other pride virgins goin? I know I have only recently been active on the realjock forums, but it would b nice to have some other dudes to hang with.... Instead of a wide-eyed newbie like myself wandering around his first pride alone, probably getting into some sort of trouble.

    O well I am sure I will have fun either way and hope to make some friends while I'm there.

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    Jun 21, 2011 3:07 PM GMT
    I can't think of many free things, other than the parade on Sunday. Which runs down 5th Ave from 36th St into the village, then heads west along Christopher St. If you really like crowds and want to be amongst the festivities and bars, then watch the parade closer to (or in) the village. Get there early. Otherwise, if you want more room to move, watch it along 5th Ave.

    There are lots of pride weekend events of course, but few (if any) are free. Lots of people go to the pier dance on Sunday after the parade ($60 or $70?). If you like the furry crowd with good music, go to Blowoff on Friday night at the Highline Ballroom. There's some circuit party, Alegria, that weekend too. And all the bars will be packed I'm sure - especially in the west village.

    At least one other guy I know from realjock will probably be at Blowoff too, but I'm hosting friends from out of town and probably won't be able to do a casual dinner get together like the last NYC RJ dinner at Spice.
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    Jun 21, 2011 3:25 PM GMT
    Here's the link to a new PBS video, Stonewall Uprising. It'll give you a bit of the history of the beginning of the modern gay liberation/pride/rights marches and movement. Lots of original footage and interviews with those who participated in the Stonewall riots and a few days later organized the first gay liberation march.

    http://video.pbs.org/video/1889649613
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    Jun 21, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
    What is blowoff if you don't mind me asking.

    Also I dunno if I like the furry crowd since I haven't really gone to many gay events or clubs, but they sound like my people lol. Being so hairy myself it might b fun.

    Anyway thanks for the advice so far. I dont mind paying for stuff, just was asking for free activities in case there were any that shouldn't b misses.

    I prob won't b going to the pier dance tho since I have work on Monday (dont gay people work?)
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    Jun 21, 2011 4:22 PM GMT
    Blowoff is a dance party. The music is actually pretty good.
    The Facebook event page
    https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=132272670180271

    wolverinecub86 said
    I prob won't b going to the pier dance tho since I have work on Monday (dont gay people work?)


    That, my friend, is the question of the ages. I believe the answer is lots of caffeine on Monday.
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    Jun 21, 2011 4:34 PM GMT
    Ok, looks pretty cool. But I had another question. How does everyone deal with the commute. How many of u get a hotel? Since I will b by myself, and prob out late, I would prefer not to commute back to long island at 10am lol. Plus if I get a hotel I can go to keep when I want to instead of waiting for the 6am train and spending an hour on it b4 bed.

    Also do I need to plan everything. What I mean is that many of these events require ticket ordering in advance and can sell out. Would I b fine playing it by ear or does everything sell out?
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    Jun 21, 2011 4:47 PM GMT
    Blowoff sold out last year, but you can buy a ticket online in advance.

    If you don't have friends in the city to stay with, then yeah you need to find a hotel, hostel, or someplace else to stay.

    Some cheaper-than-hotel alternatives can sometimes be found on:
    www.airbnb.com
    especially if you're willing to stay a little further from downtown (in a borough, or uptown)
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    Jun 21, 2011 4:51 PM GMT
    Ah very cool. Thanks for all your help.


    So if these events sell out and there isnt much else free to do, any other events on fri or sat that i should checkout?
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    Jun 21, 2011 5:13 PM GMT
    Next Magazine
    http://www.nextmagazine.com/next-week

    Time Out NY
    http://newyork.timeout.com/arts-culture/gay-lesbian/80660/new-york-city-gay-pride-guide
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    Jun 21, 2011 5:32 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidDid someone mention "free" and "NYC" in the same sentence?

    That's just not possible. icon_smile.gif


    Well at least the parades r free lol. Free isn't my top concern anyway, I just wanna have fun, meet people and partake in the gay culture. I have only been to gay bars a few times in college, so I am not that experienced with this stuff. Besides I went to school in new Orleans and I doubt most gay clubs r anything like bourbon st.