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Get Loud and Proud at these Garden State Pride Celebrations

Wednesday, May 01, 2024

Asbury Park, New Jersey is an iconic Jersey Shore town with a rich history and vibrant LGBTQ community. While the town hosts events year-round, summertime is when it comes alive with festivals and concerts. As early as the 1930’s Asbury Park had gay clubs, even at a time when LGBTQ folks were widely unaccepted for who they are. The LGBTQ community is credited for revitalizing the city and making it a place where people could be themselves. Pride Event: Sunday, June 2, 2024, marks the 32nd Annual Jersey Pride event in Asbury Park. Pride events this year kick off with a performance from Drag superstar, Trixie Mattel who is hosting The Solid Pink Disco Pride Kickoff Party on May 30. Atlantic City, a popular resort city in South Jersey with diverse people, food, and activities will have no shortage of fun for visitors looking to spend their Pride on the shore. This year’s lineup of events includes a “Stilettos & Spurs” Pride Kickoff at Anchor Rock Club inspired by the excitement surrounding Beyonce’s #1 Country Album, Cowboy Carter, on June 14th. Local contestants will compete for a grand prize at North 2 Shore’s Dancing Under the Rainbow, a charitable showcase event where contestants will be coached by local professional dancer, Arlin Padilla. Visitors can close out their Pride month with the 2nd Annual Atlantic City Pride Sunset Cruise on July 12th, which is a ticketed event with limited space available Haddon Township will kick off Pride month celebrations at their 4th Annual Haddon Township Pride Parade + Events also known as HT Pride. This year’s Pride Parade + After Party will take place June 6 from 6pm-10pm along Haddon Avenue and will feature vibrant performances from the LGBTQ+ community and allies. Hoboken like many other towns in the garden state, has a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign which evaluates discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity making it an ideal town to spend Pride in. Hoboken’s Official Pride Party and the Hoboken Pride Crawl will both take place on Saturday, June 22 for an epic day of fun. Jersey City has a deep history of celebrating diverse people and received a perfect score of 100 from the Human Rights Campaign, Pride celebrations in Jersey City are can’t-miss events. For some exciting places to spend your downtime at, check out Six26, whose name pays homage to the date the Marriage Equality Act was passed and features a downstairs lounge as well as a rooftop bar & lounge area or LGBTQ-owned craft distillery. Other events include: Montclair Pride,  Morris County Pride Festival, Newark’s 2024 Pride Festival.