Photography by Jarrett Edward
There are very rare occasions when we nightlife people brave the sunshine and party during the day. Pride happens to be one such occasion. It’s around 3 pm and I’m zooming downtown in a taxi toward the Pride festivities. As I near the Meatpacking District, streets begin filling with people celebrating in their rainbow-clad attire.
On today’s agenda is Frankie Sharp’s Pride celebration at the Jane Hotel. The Jane is one of my favorite places in NYC and happens to be the former home to famed queen Rupaul. I arrive and walk up the half a dozen steps into the lobby. The hotel is filled with mosaic tiles, mounted animal heads and a few peacocks in elegant poses along the walls. I push the elevator button and head to the sixth floor.
As soon as I exit the elevator and turn the corner, I’m immediately surrounded by a true pride celebration. Greg K is DJing tracks like “Come Clean” by Hilary Duff and “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls, and the crowd is literally gagging. I make my way though the crowd and eye Zachary Quinto seated in a booth surrounded by his entourage. There are guys in leather harnesses, guys in suits, and guys in nearly nothing at all. The roof deck is littered with people smoking, sipping cocktails and making out.
I grab a cocktail from the bar, gin and tonic per usual, and make my way through the mob, seeing a slew of smiles. The energy in the room is nearly indescribable as people groove on the antique carpeted floor. The crowd is surprisingly mixed with pretty girls, tall boys and nearly everything in-between. I love it.
The chatter in the room is filled with people talking about their plans for the evening, as well as the fact that Caitlyn Jenner is out and about, celebrating her first Pride. Some people are going to the Pier Dance to see Ariana Grande, while others are attending WestGay with Foxy Brown. During Pride, there are so many amazing events, it’s hard to choose.
As the party winds down and the sun begins to set, the crowd slows; people are drunk, hung-over and exhausted from the long day, but everyone is still grinning from ear-to-ear because there are too many reasons to be happy (especially this year). The happiness is unavoidable and so is the Pride.