Philadelphia, PA - embraces spring alongside a host of amazing LGBTQ events. Pride rules: April brings Philadelphia Black Pride; May means that New Hope Celebrates’ Pride Festival in Bucks County; plus June delivers the PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival, which guarantees to be bigger than ever before for the 50th anniversary associated with the history-making Stonewall riots which launched the gay civil rights movement.
1. Philadelphia Black Pride – An annual gathering of Black LGBTQ communities and partners marks their 20th year. This particular event delivers a lot into a four-day event: the yearly family picnic, discussion panels as well as pop-up retailers by day and nightlife activities right into the wee hours of the morning. April 25-28. Numerous locations, www.phillyblackpride.org
2. New Hope Celebrates’ Pride Festival – This Bucks County parade, features a 100-foot-long, eight-color equality flag which will make its way around the event route, starting on the Delaware River side in Lambertville, New Jersey, and finishing up in New Hope, Pennsylvania. A fantastic outdoor Pride Fair along with happenings all through the town. Later on, the Raven Resort will keep the celebration going all weekend. May 18-19. A variety of locations, New Hope, www.newhopecelebrates.com
3. Philadelphia Pride Kick-Off Party – This pride weekend in Philly begins by way of a block party inside Gayborhood which features open-air food and drink stations, lively street performances along with carnival-like game booths. June 7. Philly Gayborhood, 12th & Locust Streets, (215) 875-9288, www.phillygaypride.org
4. Philadelphia Dyke March – Dyke-recognized people and allies take to the streets of Philadelphia along with protest signs and raised voices calling for additional exposure and equal rights for marginalized queer voices inside the community. The march starts out and ends at Louis I. Kahn Park, where a stage is assembled for speeches, lively bands, and gender-bending burlesque and drag shows. June 8. 328 S. 11th Street, www.facebook.com/philadelphiadykemarch
5. Philly Pride Run 5K & 1.5 Mile Fun Run – Both serious racers along with casual joggers run together along the PrideDay LGBT Parade route before the procession begins. The fun run follows the parade route precisely, finishing at Penn’s Landing, while the 5K loops and finishes at the William Way LGBT Community Center. June 9. 12th & Locust Streets, www.phillypriderun.org
6. PrideDayLGBT Parade & Festival – Organizers project 2019 may become Philly’s best-attended PrideDay ever, as Philly commemorates the 50th anniversary of “Stonewall riots.” The celebration starts out with a parade which begins in Philly's Gayborhood and finishes around Penn’s Landing, with a massive lineup of merchants and lively performances, most notably Donna Summer and Cher tributes. June 9. The parade starting point, 13th & Locust Streets; festival, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 875-9288, www.phillygaypride.org