Ready to celebrate with pride, Philly?
This weekend, the LGBT Pride Parade and Festival adds tons of energy to the city as it returns for its 26th year.
Philadelphia and the LGBT community have tons to celebrate in 2014, particularly with the recent ruling in favor of marriage equality, striking down the Pennsylvania law banning marriage equality and setting the stage for same-sex marriage all across the state.
The big PrideDay Parade and Festival goes down on Sunday, June 8, but the festivities kick off on Friday, June 6, with a block party on 12th Street between Walnut and Spruce streets from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., a march at Kahn Park and party at the William Way Center on Saturday, June 7.
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts also joins the fun as it hosts a free Pride Week kick-off event today, June 3, at 6 p.m. Listen to a number of LGBT and LGBT-supporting community choirs perform songs in Commonwealth Plaza in celebration of Pride Week.
On Sunday, June 8 beginning at noon, the festivities kick off with a parade throughout the city followed by a festival at Penn’s Landing.
The parade forms at 13th and Locust streets, in the heart of the Gayborhood, and is slated to begin exactly noon. Find five performance locations on the parade route. Performance locations are at 13th and Locust, 12th and Locust, 11th and Locust, 2nd and Market and at the judging stand 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. The parade lasts until about 1:30 p.m.
In celebration of the recent gay marriage ruling in Pennsylvania, LGBT couples will be married at Independence Mall while the parade makes its way through the city (and past Independence Mall!).
From noon to 6 p.m., the LGBT Pride Festival takes over Penn’s Landing with live performances, music, food, drinks, vendors, games and more.
This year, the popular disco group, The Village People, headline the musical entertainment for the day and Henri David serves as the Master of Ceremonies.
Look forward to fare from two food trucks and seven food vendors, as well as drinks from a variety of beer, wine, liquor and soda companies.
Dance all day long in the designated dance area, or take the kids to the family zone for a variety of family-friendly programming.
Parade-watching is free, but admission to the fest is $15. Tip: Purchase festival wristbands for a discounted price of $10 at the Friday Kick-Off Party.
2014 LGBT PrideDay Parade And Festival
When: Sunday, June 8, 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 $15
More info: www.phillypride.org