5 reasons to ride Amtrak to New York for the 2019 World Pride celebration

New York City will host World Pride this June, and Amtrak is the best way to get to the historic event.

With easy-to-use booking and world-class, friendly service, you can avoid the stress of flying into jam-packed airports. The relaxing, comfortable train ride will put you in the perfect mood for the largest and most celebratory international LGBTQ gathering of all time.

Here are five reasons why you’re definitely gonna wanna attend this once-in-a-lifetime event by taking Amtrak.

1. It’s your chance to celebrate history

Not only does this year’s World Pride commemorate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall uprising — considered the touchstone of the modern-day LGBTQ rights movement — but it also marks the 50th annual pride celebration.

Stonewall was one of the first times that queer people united to fight against oppression and for equality. The marches that followed showed everyone that we were loud, proud and no longer willing to let others treat us as second-class citizens. Today’s parades–there are now more than 3,000 worldwide–follow in the footsteps of the historic trailblazers who fought for our rights.

By attending the World Pride celebration, you’ll be a part of history as we all stand together for a half-century of visibility, love, and equality. And with more than 600 groups and 120 floats participating in the parade, and dozens of amazing events before and after, it’ll surely be a sight to behold.

2. The once-in-a-lifetime memories

If you start your journey on Amtrak, you’re likely to meet other pride travelers along the journey. Together, you can connect over your common experiences, shared struggles and mutual love of freedom. Once in New York, you can express your pride on the colorful streets, check out all the historic locations such as the original Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, and make memories with your new pals that’ll last a lifetime.

3. It’s extra affordable with a group of friends

Part of the pride experience is traveling with family and friends. With Amtrak — a longtime supporter of the community —travel is best when shared. A group of four can get up to 35 percent off tickets with Share Fares. More discounts mean more money to enjoy World Pride and a chance to create a pride car with your friends.

Along the way, stop and explore other historic American cities, from Baltimore to Boston, with thriving communities, learn more about their hidden histories and inspiring leaders, and bring your unique identity to everyone at the World Pride experience.

4. World Pride has a brilliant line-up

On top of all the great pride films, panels, parties, and community events, the June 26 opening ceremony will feature Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan, Ciara, and Billy Porter (above, of course!), with Whoopi Goldberg as emcee.

You’re sure to spot some celebs and meet the people who along with you will help define our culture for decades to come.

5. Relax, rejoice and recover

Let’s face it: It’s going to be an exuberant and exhausting time, whether you are there for a week or weekend. The last thing you want to do is end on a down note with all the hassles at the airport. Amtrak offers a comfy trip home with your friends.

Snooze, schmooze, watch videos of the big event, read up on your gay history, sip a beer in the cafe car, and revel in the pride of your life.

Book early and take advantage of the Share Fares discount in which a group of 4 can get up to 35% off tickets when you ride Amtrak to World Pride.