Next weekend marks the return of the annual LGBT Pride Parade and Festival, a celebration of Philadelphia’s LGBT population and the prevalent role that Philadelphia has played in gay rights history.
Held every year in June during Nation Gay Pride Month, the LGBT Pride Parade and Festival brings more than 25,000 participators to Philadelphia for a march down Broad Street followed by a fun-filled festival at Penn’s Landing. This year’s festival is slated for next Sunday, June 14
Plus, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the LGBT protests in Philly, so this festival is sure to be an even bigger blast.
Parade-goers, take note: This year’s parade will start half-an-hour earlier than previous years. The parade is slated to start at 11:30 a.m. in the heart of the Gayborhood at 13th and Locust streets. The parade will then continue down Locust Street through Center City where marchers will turn at 7th street and continue until they turn at Market Street. A judging stand will be found right beyond Independence Mall at 6th and Market streets.
The parade is expected to reach the festival grounds at Penn’s Landing at approximately 1 p.m.
Henri David will serve as the emcee for the waterfront festival, which will run from noon to 6 p.m.
The LGBT Pride Festival will take over Penn’s Landing with live performances, music, food, drinks, vendors, games and more. Festival headliners include Fran Drescher, Alex Newell from Glee and Puddles Pity Party. Local talents like Miss Philly Gay Pride and the iCandy girls will round out the live entertainment. Festival guests can also look forward to food truck fare, designated dancing areas, representatives from community organizations and more.
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 Block Party from 6 to 10 p.m. at 12th Street between Walnut and Spruce streets.