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Pride is all around in New Jersey.
To commemorate LGBTQ Pride Month this June, there will be parties, concerts, parades and rallies across the state.
Here are just some of the ways that members of New Jersey's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities and their allies can celebrate Pride this June.
Asbury Park hotspot Georgie's Bar, 810 Fifth Ave., has a whole weekend of festivities in store to launch Pride month: the Pride Edition of the Hottie Oddities Drag Revue at 11 p.m. Thursday, June 2; Dark City Disco: Pride Edition at 9 p.m. Friday, June 3; a dance party with DJs and karaoke at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 4; and DJs, dancers and a drag show starting at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5. For more information, visit facebook.com/georgies.bar.1.
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Minor League Baseball team the Jersey Shore BlueClaws will host the return of Pride Night on Friday, June 3, when the team takes on the Brooklyn Cyclones at ShoreTown Ballpark (previously FirstEnergy Park), 2 Stadium Way in Lakewood. Sponsored by Coca-Cola, Pride Night will include a Pride Hat giveaway to the first 1,500 fans in attendance, and there will be fireworks after the game. Visit milb.com/jersey-shore for tickets and more information.
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Education and advocacy organization Garden State Equality presents its Equality Ball on Friday, June 3, at Asbury Lanes, 209 Fourth Ave., in Asbury Park. The big night includes a cocktail reception, dinner and an after-party. For more information, visit gardenstateequality.org.
Asbury Park destination Paradise, 101 Asbury Ave., hosts DJs to keep the music playing all weekend, June 3 to 5. For more information, visit paradisenj.com.
"RuPaul's Drag Race" franchise star, comedian and singer/songwriter Trixie Mattel headlines the storied Stone Pony Summer Stage, 913 Ocean Ave. in Asbury Park, for the Trixie Mattel X AP Pride Party 2022 on Saturday, June 4. Tickets and more information are available via stoneponyonline.com/summer-stage.
Christine Martucci and the Band of Love return to the Wonder Bar, Fifth and Ocean Avenues in Asbury Park, for their annual Pride weekend performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 4. For tickets and more information, visit wonderbarasburypark.com.
The REAL Boozy Drag Brunch, with seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Bang Bang at the Berkeley, 1401 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, will support the Asbury Park-based Project REAL and its work helping LGBTQ young adults. Performers include Savannah Georgia, Divinity Banks, Tastie, Victoria Courtez, Morrigan Von Haunt and Anita Sigg, with music from DJ Philip James. For tickets ($80), visit eventcreate.com/e/realboozybrunch.
QSpot LGBT Community Center, 1601 Asbury Ave., Asbury Park, hosts a benefit Pride BBQ at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 4. For tickets, starting at $40, and more information, visit qspot.org
WERK: Asbury Park Pride Dance Party returns to the House of Independents, 572 Cookman Ave., at 11 p.m. Saturday, June 4, with local stars Jolina Jasmine and DJ Tyler Valentine. For free tickets and more information, visit houseofindependents.com.
The New Jersey LGBTQ Pride Parade, Rally and Festival, an Asbury Park fixture since 1992, returns Sunday, June 5. Musical performers this year include Janice Robinson, Gia Woods and Rich Hennessey; visit jerseypride.org for more information.
Let's Get Proud! Drag Show will support the Pride Alliance of Pitman at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at VFW Post 6469. Advance tickets ($20 to $30) are available via eventbrite.com. The Pride Alliance also will present a Fun Run/Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at the First Baptist Church of Pitman, 30 North Broadway (registration is $25), followed by the Pride in Pitman Celebration at the church until 1 p.m. Visit facebook.com/PrideAllianceofPitman for more information.
Trenton Thunder Pride Night returns to the Trenton Thunder Ballpark, 1 Thunder Road in Trenton, at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 9, with a pre-game happy hour and post-game fireworks. For tickets ($12) and more information, visit milb.com/trenton. For discounted $10 tickets via the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce, visit business.njpridechamber.org/events.
Haddon Township will host a weekend of Pride festivities, including a Pride Parade from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, traveling on Haddon Avenue from Crystal Lake Avenue to Strawbridge Avenue, followed by an after-party at Haddon Square featuring a beer tent from Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Co. of Cherry Hill. Pride and Progress Community Night is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10, at Haddon Square, 51 Haddon Ave., and the 2022 Pride Festival is noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at the SoHa Arts Building, 1001 White Horse Pike. For more information, visit htpride.com.
After its appearance at Haddon Township's Pride Parade party, Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Co., 1940 Olney Ave. in Cherry Hill, will host a day-long Pride celebration including the Drag Me to Forgotten Boardwalk drag show at 7 p.m. Friday, June 10. For tickets ($15) visit eventbrite.com. The brewery will be selling Pride-themed T-shirts, glasswear and four-packs of beer for the occasion.
Enjoy Cocktails on LBI to support the Center for LGBTQ+ Health Care at Cooper University Health Care, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 10, at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, 120 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township. Tickets start at $250, with sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, visit foundation.cooperhealth.org/get-involved/events/lgbtq-health.
Exit 82 Theatre Company and the Toms River Pride Committee will present Toms River Pride, Ocean County's fourth annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual/ally, two spirit and plus festival, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 11, on Washington Street in downtown Toms River. Visit exit82theatre.com/tr-pride for more information as it becomes available.
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Pride in the Park returns to Riverside Gardens Park on West Front Street in Red Bank from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11, with kids' activities, live music, vendors and more. For more information, visit redbanknj.org.
The Sixth Annual Pulse Memorial Benefit show supporting Project REAL happens at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at Georgie's Bar, 810 Fifth Ave., Asbury Park. The event will feature music from Pedals, Blaise, Heather Hills, Des and the Swagmatics, and Ryan and Shayne of the Shady Street Show Band. Drag performers Pissi Myles, Lady Celestina, Tastie, Morrigan von Haunt, Queen Biqtch, Demi Gawdess, Anita Sigg and reigning Miss Paradise Crystal Envy will take the stage. Emcee is Rai Guerra, with tunes from DJ Tall Speedy and DJ Jay Insult. There is a suggested $10 minimum donation at the door.
Anchor Rock Club, 247 South New York Ave. in Atlantic City, hosts the AC is Burning 2022 AC Pride Ball at 10 p.m. Friday, June 17. Tickets ($15) and more information is at anchorrockclub.com. This is part of more than a week of AC Pride events happening in town from June 15 to 23; for more information, visit facebook.com/atlanticcitypride.
The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice introduced Princeton’s first-ever Pride parade in 2019, and after two years of virtual gatherings, the in-person Princeton Pride festivities return on Saturday, June 18. The march starts at 11 a.m. at the Princeton Municipal Building, 400 Witherspoon St., and will be followed by an after-party in the field at the Princeton YMCA, 59 Paul Robeson Place. “Sesame Street” cast member Alan Muraoka will serve as the grand marshal of this year’s parade. Visit rustincenter.org for more information on the parade and the Rustin Center, located at 12 Stockton St. in Princeton.
Other Pride festivals
New York City
A sampling of the many events in New York City's Pride celebration. More information can be found at NYCpride.org.
June 21: The Center's Garden Party, with performances, music, special guest and more at Pier 84 (near 44th Street) at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $99.
June 25: Hester Street Fair Pride Market, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Seaport's Pier 17. Celebrate Pride Weekend with a roster of LGBTQIA+ owned and operated businesses, dance to the music of Bill Coleman and see a live performance or two.
June 26: The PrideFest Street Fair, teems with unique vendors, entertainment, food and activity on Fourth Avenue between E. 13th Street and E. Eighth Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event draws more than 100,000 festival goers throughout the day.
June 26: The 53rd NYC Pride March will begin at noon from 25th Street and Fifth Avenue. Marchers will proceed south on Fifth Avenue before heading west on Eighth Street. After crossing over Sixth Avenue, the march will continue on Christopher Street passing the Stonewall National Monument. It will then turn north on Seventh Avenue, passing the New York City AIDS Memorial, before dispersing in Chelsea at 16th Street and Seventh Avenue.
For information, visit bergencountylgbtq.org/home
June 2: Fair Lawn Pride Flag Raising, 8-01 Fair Lawn Ave., 6 p.m.
June 4: Garfield Pride 2nd Annual Celebration at 20th Century Field, 75 Elizabeth St., 10 a.m. to noon
June 4: Glen Rock Pride 6th Annual Pride in the Park at Memorial Park. Noon flag raising, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Pride in the Park
June 4: Ramsey LGBTQ Pride 4th Annual Ceremony and celebration at Ramsey High School, 6 to 8 p.m.
June 4: Rutherford Pride celebration at Lincoln Park: Live performances, food trucks, beer garden, kids zone; noon to 4 p.m.
June 11: Tenafly Pride, Pride Parade starts at George Street; ceremony at Huyler Park, 1:30 p.m.
June 12: Leonia Pride Celebration at Wood Park: speakers, entertainment, beer garden and more, 1 to 4 p.m.
June 12: Mahwah Pride Coalition Celebration at Commodore Perry Field, 4 to 6 p.m.
June 26: Fair Lawn Pride Block Party at the Municipal building on Parmelee Ave., 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
June 4: Pequannock Pride, music, food and fun in Greenview Granview Park, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain date June 5.
June 11: Boonton Rainbow Pride, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Picnicking in Grace Lord Park, talks, music and an interactive art exhibit. Rain date June 12.
June 25: Morris County Pride Festival, an all-day, family-friendly event at Morris Community College, 214 Center Grove Road in Randolph from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live entertainment, food vendors, a beer garden and local affirming vendors.
Aug. 27: LGTBQ+ Pride Festival, Grove Street Plaza and Newark Avenue, Jersey City, from 1 to 9 p.m.
Alex Biese has been writing about art, entertainment, culture and news on a local and national level for more than 15 years.
This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Pride Month 2022: How to celebrate across NJ in June