When New Hope celebrates LGBT Pride, the town doesn’t do it in a mere day like most cities. The celebration lasts all week long.
The gay-friendly Bucks County hamlet teams up with neighboring Lambertville, N.J., to present the 14th annual festivities, starting May 14 and ending on May 21.
More than 15,000 celebrants are expected to attend the event, which includes community gatherings (like a pig roast at the Lambertville House), a host of drag shows and musicals throughout the week and the parade and Pride Fair on Saturday.
NEW HOPE CELEBRATES’ PRIDE FESTIVAL FAST FACTS
- New Hope Celebrates’ Pride Festival starts on May 14 and runs through May 21.
- The festivities kick off with a pig roast in Lambertville on May 14 from noon to 4 p.m.
- The annual Pride Parade begins May 20 at 11:30 a.m.
- After the parade, party with guests at the Pride Fair in the parking lot at Logan Inn.
The 2017 Pride Parade
One of the major events of the week, the 2017 Pride Parade kicks off — rain or shine — on Saturday, May 20 at 11:30 a.m. It begins at the corner of Union and York streets in Lambertville before making its way across the New Hope–Lambertville Bridge. From there, the procession struts down Main Street in New Hope and concludes at Waterloo Street around 1 p.m.
Look out for three parade-reviewing stages set up along the route, where announcers will call out the names of parade participants as they walk by. You’ll find these at the corner of Union and Bridge streets in Lambertville, at the Cannon by Logan Inn and across the street from restaurant John & Peters Place.
Afterward, the Pride Fair welcomes parade-goers to a brand-new location for 2017: Pride Village, which is located in the parking lot of Logan Inn. The fair runs from noon to 5 p.m. with a suggested $5 entrance fee.
The party begins on May 14 with a time-honored tradition: Organizers unfurl a massive 15-by-25-foot rainbow flag at Main Street and River Road. From there, attendees cross the New Hope–Lambertville Bridge for a pig roast and beer garden in the Lambertville House Courtyard.
Throughout the week you can partake in a variety of activities, like “Looking Forward to Looking Back,” a walking tour and exhibition showcasing New Hope’s LGBT history. There’s also the Lipstick Monday Pride Drag Show at The Raven, and a special Pride performance of murder mystery Clue at the Bucks County Playhouse.
On Friday, May 19, at 8 p.m., board an old school paddlewheel steamboat for the Pride Delaware River Cruise on the Delaware River. The ride affords you an excellent viewing spot for the Fireworks on the Delaware show at 9:30 p.m.
On Saturday, May 20, the Pride Fair centers around a main stage at West Ferry Street where you can catch drag performances and musical acts all day long. Vendor booths line up at Ferry Park, and you can find the food court located outside nearby Bucks County Playhouse. The night closes with a bang at The Raven with a dance party featuring New York DJ Eddie Martinez.
Festivities conclude Sunday with a handful of to-dos, like the Wet-N-Wild Pride Pool Party at The Raven at 3 p.m., and the Ladies 2000 Pride Party at Havana, also at 3 p.m.
A full itinerary of events and more information can be found here.