Celebrating WorldPride In Queens, Jackson Heights 2019

Queens celebrates WorldPride with a bang: three performance stages; Kristine W as a headliner; and a bunch of politicians, like Senator Chuck Schumer and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Queens Pride was first held in 1993, when Britney Spears first debuted on The Mickey Mouse Club. Even though this year wasn’t Queens Pride’s anniversary, it’s a super-special year –WorldPride comes to NYC in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising of 1969.

So, Queens Pride decided to go all out ith three performance stages and Kristine W as the headliner. The focus of the festival was to continue the fight for social justice and celebrate the community, while displaying visibility and pride. Senator Chuck Schumer, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer all showed up earlier in the day to show their support, according to PIX 11.

The celebrations were still in full force, even though we got there pretty late. It took us hours to venture out past the first stage – the performances and the faces in the crowd were too compelling. We got to the main stage just in time to catch Kristine W’s last song and were blown away by her energy and powerful voice. Can’t believe that this lady is almost freaking 60! Once the event started wrapping up and the bulk of the people started heading out, that’s when things got more interesting. The most turned-up crowd stayed behind to keep on hanging out on the emptying, trash-filled streets. There were snakes and iguanas passed from head to neck, Subway DJ threw an impromptu twerking party on a busy sidewalk, and a guy with a rolling cart filled with pride flags was still trying to sell his merch. Yeah, WorldPride in Queens was lit.

Alexey Kim