- CHARITY BENEFIT
Today’s song is “I Am What I Am.” Originally written for the Broadway musical “La Cage Aux Folles” (1983) by Jerry Herman. It became the anthem for gay people everywhere. Gloria Gaynor’ 1978′s “I Will Survive,” was the first gay pride song and in 1983, Gloria recorded the Tony Award winning number. It was played for the 40th anniversary of The Stonewall Riots.
Songs being played this weekend include Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors”, Mary J Blige’s “Be Without You,” Reina’s “No One’s Gonna Change You, Britney’s “Till The World Ends,” Donna Summer’s “Last Dance,””I Just Wanna F*****g Dance” from the Jerry Springer Opera sung by Alison Jiear and Whitney’s “I will Always Love You.”
The world lost two gay iconic singers this year but their music lives on.
The March commences at noon on Sunday, June 24, at 5th Avenue and 36th Street, winds its way downtown to the intersection of Christopher and Greenwich streets. This is arguably the must-see event of Gay Pride in New York City, drawing thousands of spectators. Grand Marshals at NYC Pride March this year are Cyndi Lauper, Chris Salgardo, Phyllis Siegel, and Connie Kopelov.
PRIDEfest is held on Sunday, June 24, from 11 am until 6 pm along Hudson Street between Abington Square and West 14th. The festive (and free) GLBT street fair features dozens of vendors, entertainers, and community organizations. Performers include Jessica Betts, Ryan W, Beleke, Amdias, Christine Martucci, the Glamazons, and several others.
The Dance on the Pier is the grand finale for New York City Gay Pride. Congregate on Pier 57 (15th St. at the Hudson River) following the Pride March, at 5 pm on Sunday until 2 am. It’s one of the great gay Manhattan parties of the year. Headlining this year are DJs Eddie Baez, the Perry Twins, and DJ Boris, and there will be a special performance by Cyndi Lauper, Eva Simons, and others.