This Year, the Climax of Pride is… Cher

Cher will be on the pier on Sunday evening, June 30. | COURTESY: HERITAGE OF PRIDE

Cher will be on the pier on Sunday evening, June 30. | COURTESY: HERITAGE OF PRIDE

BY TROY MASTERS | The pantheon of iconic stars who have performed at New York’s post-Pride Parade Dance on the Pier make for a damned impressive woman's world –– Whitney Houston, Liza Minnelli, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Hudson, Katy Perry, and Cyndi Lauper… to name just a few.

Now comes Cher, the eternal.

A pop music queen in the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s, she's retired more times than a drag queen and has made just as many comebacks. And here she comes again.

To the long list of legendary mega hits like “I Got You Babe,” “Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves,” “Dark Lady,” “Believe,” and “If I Could Turn Back Time,” Chaz Bono’s mom hopes to add “Woman’s World,” the featured dance tune on her 26th studio album, “Closer to the Truth,” set for release on September 24.

LGBT Pride 2013 revelers will likely experience one of the most remarkable Pier Dance performances to date.

With expectations already high that Pride 2013 could be an over-the-top celebration of some form of victory on marriage equality at the Supreme Court, adding Cher to the mix is, well, simply explosive. Fireworks at 10.

Joining Cher will be multi-platinum-selling recording artist and equality advocate Deborah Cox, who recently starred on Broadway in the revival of “Jekyll & Hyde.”

Dance on the Pier: Dance 27 will be held on Sunday, June 30, from 3-10 p.m. at Pier 26, at West Street and N. Moore Street. You must cross West Street at Laight Street.

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