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This weekend, Queens Pride will be celebrating 25 years with a parade and festival in Jackson Heights that will be featuring a performance by Lisa Lisa of 80s pop group Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam.

Of course, the pride doesn’t end when the parade is over and the last marcher finishes down the Lavender Line. Here are a few pride events that are happening in Queens that you should check out.

LGBTQ Voices – Saturday, June 3, 5 p.m.
78th Street Plaza, Jackson Heights

Before the pride parade on June 4, Flushing Town Hall is kicking off Pride Month with a night of established and up-and-coming performing artists who identify as LGBTQ. Many different artists will be at the event, ranging from musicians, dancers, and performance artists, with confirmed performances by Ramona Montanez, SALGA Dance Company, Keith Fluitt and more, with Timothy Bellavia as the event’s MC. This is event is free.

LasReinas Official Queens Pride AfterParty – Sunday, June 4, 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Kabu Nightclub,  85-09 Northern Blvd., Jackson Heights

When the festival and parade are done for the day, the party doesn’t have to end. Head over to Kabu Nightclub for an unforgettable party. From 4 to 6 p.m. they will have a happy hour with $20 beer buckets, house liquor for $7 and Fireball shots for $7. Dance the night away with a special performance from Soliris and DJ Anarki. Be sure to bring your ID – you must be 21 or older for this event. Tickets are for sale for $10.

Neon Pride – Thursday, June 15, 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Trans-Pecos, 915 Wyckoff Ave., Ridgewood

Who wouldn’t want to dance in neon lights? This event was made so you can truly be yourself and defy self-expression beyond man-made categories. Let yourself be free and dance the night away. There is a $15 cover charge that will go to support the LGBT community.

Pride Night – Saturday, June 17, 4:10 p.m.
Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing Meadows–Corona Park

Strike out bullying with the New York Mets during Pride Night! Before the Mets take on the Washington Nationals, come by the stadium for pre-game programming on Mets Plaza. Tickets are available starting at $25 and a portion of each ticket that is sold will support the LGBT Network and its Safe Schools Initiative to stop bullying in Long Island and Queens.

Historic Pop-Up Exhibit and Screening of “Julio of Jackson Heights” – Sunday, June 18, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Queens Museum, New York City Building , Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Corona

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Queens Pride at this one day pop up exhibit at the Queens Museum. The exhibit will feature artifacts from the parade over the years as well as a documentation of the history of the parade’s growth. Following an opening reception, there will be a screening of “Julio of Jackson Heights” (directed by Richard Shpuntoff) with a panel discussion to follow. For more information, contact info@queenspride.org.

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