June is synonymous with pride, and this month Saratoga celebrated and supported the LGBTQ community with the public. If you haven’t already seen the pride banners displayed throughout downtown Saratoga, stop by to take advantage of the month’s special events, activities and more!

Saratoga Pride Festival

Close up of Saratoga Pride flag

On Friday, June 15, Saratoga Pride celebrated their fifth consecutive year hosting the pride festival at High Rock Park. Elected officials, like Mayor Meg Kelly, spoke during the event. Community organizations, such as Home Made Theater who recently announced their 34th season, provided material information and swag items at their designated booth.

Group shot of Saratoga Pride 2018 attendees at High Rock Pavilion

Cover & Saratoga Pride Festival photos by Susan Blackburn Photography

Pride fest attendees enjoyed live music from Rich Clements Band, group photo and stop at Northshire Bookstore who displayed LGBTQ books in their windows all month.

LGBTQ events and entertainment


This Saturday Saratoga!!!

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On June 9th, The Comedy Works hosted a live taping event for the funny, smart and proudly transgender comedian Jaye McBride. Jaye, who’s been seen on Gotham Comedy Club, The Boston Comedy Festival and more, is an upstate NY-native who now calls Brooklyn her home. Keep an eye on her schedule since she frequently performs in Saratoga and the Capital Region.

Did you know? Sperry’s hosts a monthly Drag Brunch with Pacifica Rim, who captivates the room with her flirty persona and variety of wig and costume changes. Don’t miss the next Drag Brunch on Sunday, July 8th from 12-3pm.

Friday, June 29th is Pride Night at Opera Saratoga’s The Merry Window, one of the most popular operettas across the globe which returns to Saratoga for the first time in thirty years. Tickets for members of the LGBTQ community are 25% off with the code PRIDE25. Call 518-584-6018 for tickets.

Gender Neutral exhibition

Mannequin at National Dance Museum's Gender Neutral exhibit

The National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame recently opened Gender Neutral, a major exhibition which explores the history of non-traditional gender roles in dance from the eighteenth century to the present day with the all-male, comic ballet troupe Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo as the centerpiece. On view are thirty-five costumes from Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and other major dance companies such as Mark Morris Dance Group, New York City Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.

Other highlights include headpieces owned by dancer and Ballets Russes choreographer Michel Fokine and the Edward Gorey-designed backdrop for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo’s Giselle, Act II.

Couples make it official in Saratoga during Pride Month

Newly married couple holding hands at Joy Burke's home

Same sex couple and french bulldogs during wedding at Joy Burke's home

Reverend Joy Burke celebrates pride every day of the year by being a wedding officiant who welcomes people of all faiths, genders and sexual orientation. This adorable couple got married during Pride Month in an Elegant Elopement ceremony. Joy’s dogs even fashioned their bridesmaids outfits to honor them. Did I mention how much Saratoga loves dogs?

Same sex couple at Saratoga National Golf Club

Photo by oe prophoto

Timothy and Jeremiah Tyrrell also tied the knot this month with a ceremony at Saratoga National Golf Club’s Green Tent Pad and reception at their Blue Stone Tent. We’re loving the backdrop to this photo

Did you get married in Saratoga recently? Share your story with us in the comments below!

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