Tegan and Sara Quin let Billboard shadow them as they attended Pride events in New York on June 24; this included a surprise appearance at a party in Soho and their performance that night at Pride Island. Sara jokes that they've "always had a real affection for 'this time of the month'" - Pride weekend, that is.
Here Tegan and Sara arrive in Soho to kick off the day's festivities at the 5th Annual All-Ages Pride Party, hosted by Housing Works, Everyone Is Gay and Autostraddle.
Sharing the Love from the Tegan and Sara Foundation
Tegan and Sara present the event's co-host, Kristin Russo, with merch from the Tegan and Sara Foundation to be given away at the party.
Posing in Front of the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in New York City
"We are committed to giving back to this community because this community is the reason we're still making records after 20 years," Tegan says. Donations raised at the event went towards Housing Works' work, ending the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS in NYC.
Enraptured from the Audience
Tegan and Sara watch the performers onstage, including musician Julia Weldon, Urban Word NYC's 2017 youth slam team and author Gabby Rivera.
Tegan and Sara Make a Surprise Appearance Before an Ecstatic Crowd
The sisters take a selfie with the entire party, thanking the LGBTQ community for their continued support and wishing everyone a "kickass Pride."
Heading Downtown to Perform
Tegan and Sara ride through Manhattan on their way to perform as part of the official line-up at Pride Island. This is their first time performing for New York Pride.
Hanging Out Before the Show
Sara checks her phone, perhaps updating the band's Instagram (Tegan handles their Twitter.)
Wardrobe Ready to Go
A sneak peek at Tegan and Sara's onstage outfits before they change for the show.
Tegan and Sara touch up their makeup before leaving the trailer.
Pre-Show Appearances on Pier 26
Tegan and Sara are interviewed by a news channel before doing a meet-and-great with fans, with New York's TriBeCa neighborhood looming behind them.
Mutual Fan Club
Back in the trailer Tegan and Sara catch up with Blair Imani, founder of Equality for HER. "Special shout out to all our Muslim LGBTQ friends celebrating eid today!" they would later tweet along with their picture together.
The band's drummer Brendan Buckley gets ready while chatting with Tegan.
Changed and Ready to Go
Final moments before going on.
The Crowd at Pride Island
Everyone eagerly awaits the night's main event.
Backstage the band is present and accounted for. From left to right: Brendan Buckley (drums), Sara Quin, Tegan Quin, Gabrial McNair (keyboards), Vivi Rama (bass).
The crowd goes wild as Tegan and Sara take the stage to perform a full hour of hits from throughout their canon.
Sara in the Groove
In between songs, Sara asks the crowd to stay proud "every day of the year."
The pier is packed as Tegan and Sara fans sing along to every word.
"For the good days, for the bad days..."
"...for the gay days, for the not-so-gay days, I just want to thank you," Sara tells the crowd.
The Funnest Stage Show You Know
The view from across the crowd reveals the stage inflatables Tegan and Sara have incorporated into their shows this year.
The Night Sky is Changing Overhead...
Tegan and Sara close the show with -- what else? -- "Closer."
That's a Wrap!
Tegan takes a moment back in the trailer after the show. That's a wrap on Pride -- now back to the tour!