Philadelphia is home to some of the oldest events associated with LGBTQ pride in the United States. One of those events is Pride Day, which takes place on the second weekend of June. It encourages guests to share their own stories and experiences about coming out and to help others in need. The Philly Pride Festival usually takes place from Friday to Sunday every year, and always promises a colorful scene!
The Lesbian and Gay Task Force established a small office in Love Park in the 1980s and decided to host a Philadelphia Pride event that was open to the public. Several hundred people came out for the first parade and festival in 1988. In 2018, the organization celebrated the 30th anniversary of the event. Philly Gay Pride Weekend is now one of the largest events of its type in Pennsylvania.
In addition to workshops and other events, the festival includes a large parade. This parade starts at the Great Plaza, and moves from Front Street to Market Street before turning onto 7th Street. It then winds its way along Locust Street, before ending at 13th Street. No matter where you sit, you will see some of the action live. The parade ends in The Gayborhood, Philly's gay area.
The organizers of Philly Gay Pride make it easy for those from out of town to sign up. Its official website includes information on buying tickets in advance, and shows you what to do to join the parade. You can register your group or organization to walk the parade route and sign up to make a float. The parade also welcomes marching bands and other groups who want to walk. Though 2017 and 2018 attendance was up, the number of people joining for 2019 will likely number above 25,000.
Philly Pride is the number one festival in the Pennsylvania area for those from the LGBTQ community. Scheduled for Friday, May 9 through to Sunday, May 11 in Philadelphia, it will include a parade and other activities. You can purchase tickets for just $15, and get a wristband that lets you into the festival. If you visit the pre-party on Friday, you can get discounted tickets for only $10 each - score! This acts as a cover charge, and gives you full access to all events. All the proceeds raised will go to support local organizations and charities.
Friday serves as the kick off to Philadelphia Pride weekend. The kick-off party starts at 6pm and runs until 10pm that night. All the fun and excitement takes place on the corner of Locust Street and 12th Street. In addition to amusement park rides and live entertainment, you'll also find food and drinks served inside the party.
The fun only continues on Saturday with the Philly Pride Parade. It begins on the corner of 12th Street and Locust Street, and then works its way around the neighborhood before arriving at The Gayborhood. As the neighborhood has limited parking, it's better to park further away and walk, or simply take a cab. Some public transportation is also available. Those working for the Philly Pride Parade will check all bags before entry, because you cannot bring alcohol or illegal substances with you.
Philly Pride 2019 will include a tribute to Stonewall and will adopt the Stonewall 50 theme. This theme pays homage to the men and women who were part of the Stonewall Uprising in New York. You'll also find plenty of other exciting events taking place during Philly Pride, including workshops and live performances. Philadelphia Pride is the ultimate way for those in the LGBTQ community to celebrate their shared heritage through a whole lot of fun. So, will you be getting your Philly on for 2019?