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Tuesday Tease: Pride-lesque in New York City!

Every year at the end of June, Gay Pride is honored in cities big and small all over the world. It’s a time to celebrate successes, reflect on past struggles and of course, to have fun. Pride parades take the party to the streets, drawing crowds as large as 3.5 million people in Sao Paolo and as humble as a few hundred in small-town America.

Pride festivals in major cities can span a whole week of performance art, dancing, activism and much more beyond the parade. Just like burlesque, Pride is about pushing for gender equality and taking control of one’s own sexuality. Burlesque and Pride are natural partners – from boylesque to drag to queerlesque – and in celebration of Pride-week I ‘ve chosen to highlight some of the most interesting, gender-bending burlesque in the birthplace of post-Stonewall Pride: New York City.


Maysles Cinema is celebrating Pride in Harlem this Thursday, June 27 with T.V. Transvestite & The Show Must Go On: The Story of Snookie Lanore. This is your chance to learn about the tough history of Pride in Harlem and how the black pride community is thriving in face of it all today. T.V. Transvestite was filmed in 1982 and hasn’t been publicly screened in decades. It documents early neo-burlesque performances at a Harlem bingo hall and will be followed by The Story of Snookie Lanore – a short documentary film about a drag performer in Harlem picking up where they left off.

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Support Your Local Pride Parade!

Tomorrow is the largest Pride Parade day in the country, with millions expected to attend and support free Pride Parades in San Francisco, New York City, Chicago and Seattle. Outlandish floats and a myriad of exciting sights and sounds will abound at every extravaganza nationwide– but one thing that sets Seattle’s Pride Parade apart from the rest: the ability to support future Pride celebrations and to voluntarily ‘give what you can’ to Seattle Out and Proud through Brown Paper Tickets’ new fee-free donation tool.

The fee-free donation tool is available to all event organizers to collect donations, even from those who cannot attend the event. One hundred percent of the donation proceeds go directly to the event organizer and there is no fee on any portion of the donation.

The Seattle Pride Parade is always free to the public so they can use your donations for improving the parade each year. For more information on Seattle Pride events, including the Pride Parade, visit Seattle Out and Pride’s website. To donate to the organization, or to buy a ticket for their pre-parade breakfast, go to

Happy Pride from all of us here at Brown Paper Tickets and if you’re in Seattle, look for us in the parade on Sunday!


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