The Gay Center’s NYC Garden Party is Back! Who’s Going?

The LGBT Community Center’s Garden Party 2018 – ph: Lester Echem

With so many official events on the World Pride schedule this month, it’s difficult as an online blog contributor, to decide which events to cover. Of course, I wish I could cover them all but unfortunately, there is only one of me, so I have to be selective.

That said, obtaining press credentials for events is not always easy either, as it’s a highly competitive field. So, I am quite excited to share that I have been invited to cover one of the most highly anticipated WorldPride events next week: The LGBT Community Center’s Garden Party.

The center promotes a welcoming environment where everyone is excepted and celebrated for who they are. LGBTQ communities of NYC benefit from a host of the center’s programs including advocacy, health and wellness initiatives; arts, entertainment, cultural events; recovery, parenthood and family support services.

Garden Party is an annual celebration welcoming over 1,500 guests to taste samples from more than 20 local restaurants, bars, and cafes; enjoy seasonal cocktails and dance into the night on Hudson River Park’s Pier 97. Guests will also have the chance to meet the members of Garden Party’s inaugural Culinary Council, a group of LGBTQ-identified chefs who are curating the menu for the evening in the spirit of The LGBT Community Center, in alliance with WorldPride. The event promises to be a night of yummy cocktails, fabulous cuisine and of course for a charitable cause – three of my favorite things!

The LGBT Community Center’s Garden Party 2018 – ph: Lester Echum
Annual LGBT Community Center’s Garden Party, the kick-off to Pride Week – Donna F. Aceto

As one of New York City’s longest-running Pride events, Garden Party has become one of the most popular gatherings of the season. The center originally created it as a way to bring LGBTQ people together, to enjoy home-cooked food and celebrate community bonds. It has since grown to intersect with the city’s vibrant food scene, all the while staying true to its roots as a welcoming space for LGBTQ New Yorkers and friends.

It’s all happening this Monday, June 24th. There are still tickets left, so you’re in luck!  I’ll be there covering the event for Instinct Magazine, so if you see me, say hello! Happy Pride!

*Correction on the formal name of the ‘Gay Center,” which is The LGBT Community Center. 

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