With the hum of the air conditioner comes the annual tradition we’ve shorthanded to calling “Pride Month”.  Every June homosexuals and their allies gather across the country to celebrate just how fabulous it is being fabulous.  Those of you that joined us at this year’s Pride Preview Party at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie already got a sneak peek of how our region will be celebrating pride season 2011.  For those that missed it or need a refresher, here’s how the Hudson Valley will be flashing rainbow this summer:

Hudson Valley Pride Week:  May 30th – June 5th

Presented by the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, this week is packed with events hosted by the Center and its very active member groups.  Events are spread around the mid-Hudson Valley region, centered mostly in the Center’s home in Kingston.  The week’s capstone Pride March & Festival returns to its cozy home in the village of New Paltz on Sunday June 5th with an after party to follow.  Visit the Center’s website for a complete calendar of events and more information.

Gay Pride Rockland: June 12th

Presented by Volunteer Counseling Services (VCS), this annual family-friendly festival returns to the Riverspace Parking Lot in Nyack.  The event is free to attend and will feature the Lavender Light Gospel Choir, Soul Street Dance Company, face painting, balloons, public art, and more.  Visit Gay Pride Rockland’s website for more information.

Capital District Pride: June 12th

The Pride Center of the Capital Region is proud to be bringing Pride back to the Empire State’s capitol.  Hosted at Washington Park in Albany, there will be live music, exciting floats, and – as always – a few surprises.  The day kicks off with a parade and is followed up by a festival featuring live performances by CeCe Peniston, Shontelle, Sirsy, and Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde.  Check out the Pride Center’s website for complete event details.

City of Hudson Pride: June 17th – 19th

The mad mistress of Hudson, Miss Trixie Starr has been working hard to fill the heels she stepped in to last year as she inaugurated the city’s first ever Pride Festival.  Back for round two this year, a full weekend of events is planned including sunset & moonlight Hudson River Boat Cruises, a Parade down Warren Street, After-Party at Club Helsinki, and Family Pride Day.  The complete calendar and event details are on their website.

NYC Pride: June 26th

The Heritage of Pride foundation once again hosts one of the nation’s largest Pride Parade & Festivals in the heart of Manhattan.  Dan Savage will be honored as this year’s grand marshal as parades, rallies, festivals, and after parties pop up across the city.  Log on today for the list of official NYC Pride events.