This weekend, join in the merrymaking of the 25th anniversary celebration of PrideDay, Philadelphia’s rowdy LGBT parade and festival, which takes place during International Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and features live music, DJs, food, drinks and a festive parade that runs from the Gayborhood to Penn’s Landing.
The PrideDay parade and festival goes down on Sunday, June 9, but the festivities kick off on Friday, June 7, with a block party on 12th Street between Walnut and Spruce streets from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., and a march and party at the William Way Center on Saturday, June 8.
Read on for details on Sunday’s main event, and check here for more as PrideDay nears.
The Parade: The parade forms at 13th and Locust streets, in the heart of the Gayborhood, and is slated to begin exactly noon.
Find four performance locations on the parade route at 13th and Locust, 12th and Locust, 11th and Locust and 2nd and Market. The judging stand sits at Independence Mall on 5th and Market streets.
From it’s Locust Street launch, the parade continues on Market Street, then proceeds down Front Street to end at the main gate of the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.
Look out for Omarosa Manigault, who will be riding in the parade as an Honorable Grand Marshal.
The Festival: The LGBT Festival is the largest single day event at Penn’s Landing, and nearly 150 groups are already slated to participate.
The gates at the festival open at noon, and crowds tend to grow steadily until the parade arrives at around 1:30 p.m., so it’s wise to stake out a spot early.
Festival features include great drinks (Smirnoff Mango Passionfruit Vodka and Pink Lemonade is the official cocktail), nine on-site food vendors, 50 craft vendors, 80 community organizations, a family zone with the Tu Tu Cute Divas, a pet zone, a sports zone and commitment ceremonies available at several locations.
This year, Omarosa Manigault is the headliner, and Master of Ceremonies is Henri David.
Parade-watching is free, but admission to the fest is $10. Tip: Purchase festival wristbands at the Friday Kick-Off Party or along the parade route to avoid waiting in line.
See you out there!
2013 LGBT PrideDay Parade And Festival
When: Sunday, June 9, noon
Where: Parade starts at 13th and Locust streets, and ends at Penn’s Landing, where festival takes place
Cost: Parade is free; festival is $10
More info: www.phillypride.org