NYC Pride today announced that its iconic Pier Dance will be returning to Pier 26 in lower Manhattan, where it moved last year. Via press release:
NYC Pride announced today that the 28th annual Dance on the Pier would be returning to Hudson River Park’s Pier 26. Pier 26 will also be home to NYC Pride’s annual women’s event, Teaze (formerly Rapture on the River), and the Rally, the opening event of Pride weekend. Past NYC Pride performers include Cher, Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Hudson and many more.” Dance on the Pier is NYC Pride’s largest fundraising and community support initiative. The event’s production committee awards over $45,000 in grants to LGBT and LGBT-friendly nonprofits and community organizations each year. The event also supplies NYC Pride with critical operating revenue and pulls in countless visitors, driving attendance to NYC Pride’s other official events as well as various unofficial celebratory Pride events throughout the city. A huge draw for the event is the combination of heavy-hitting DJs and well-known performers. Spinning this year’s Dance on the Pier are DJ Pagano and DJ GRIND.
Can the Pier Dance top last year’s performances by Cher and Deborah Cox? This year’s entertainers won’t be announced until May. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 9AM and the event usually sells out.