Nine Ways To Join In Philadelphia Black Pride This Week, April 28-May 1

The 17th annual event returns with four days of activities celebrating the local LGBTQ Black community.

Several weeks before the rainbow flag-clad floats make their way around town for the Philly Pride Parade and Festival, Philadelphia’s LGBTQ African American community throws a celebration of its own.

Taking place April 28 to May 1, the 17th annual Philadelphia Black Pride is a chance to spotlight the accomplishments of and issues facing the Black LGBTQ community — matters that often get overshadowed during June’s rowdier festivities.

The to-dos comprising this year’s celebration are thoughtful and wide-ranging, with 30-plus events taking place across the city.

Looking at the itinerary, you’ll find luncheons with local leaders, special art exhibitions and a host of nightlife soirees. For the complete schedule of activities and events, check here.

Can’t fit everything into your schedule? Check out these nine, diverse events for a well-rounded Philadelphia Black Pride experience.

Power Hour

The whole thing kicks off with a luncheon/discussion on Thursday afternoon that explores HIV as it affects LGBTQ Black men. Mayor Jim Kenney will join representatives from UPenn, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Center for Black Equity and more to explore local and national initiatives working to address rising HIV/AIDS rates and fight stigma from within the community.

Power Hour

When:April 28, 2-4 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia
Cost:Free

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Christians: A Stage Play

Whosoever Metropolitan Community Church of Philadelphia stages a play especially for Philadelphia Black Pride. Christians seeks to expose religious institutions that have promoted an intolerant attitude toward the LGBTQ community and people of color, and start those who have been affected on a process of healing.

Christians: A Stage Play

When:April 28-30
Where:Whosoever Metropolitan Community Church of Philadelphia, 3637 Chestnut Street
Cost:$5-$10

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She Gets Me: Books, Photography and Shenanigans

Ladies get the spotlight at this gathering featuring artwork, books and “romantic accessories” catering to women of color. Author Nikki Harmon will read excerpts from and sign her latest book, When I Was Your Girlfriend and attendees can browse an exhibit of photography by Barbara Kigozi. Wine and beer will be provided.

She Gets Me: Books, Photography and Shenanigans

When:April 29, 7-10 p.m.
Where:Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street
Cost:$5

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In Living Color: LGBTQ Expo

Head to this LGBTQ expo on Saturday morning to browse booths by an array of local nonprofits working to make a difference in underserved communities. Proceeds from the event benefit Prisoner Visitation and Support, which sends friendly faces to prisons across the country to visit with the incarcerated.

In Living Color: LGBTQ Expo

When:April 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:The Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street
Cost:Free

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Body Cycle

Hit up Black-owned cycling studio Body Cycle in Rittenhouse for an hour-long, high-energy cycling class hosted by activist and filmmaker K. Brent Hill. If you have energy left, stick around for the “aftermix” to meet and greet your fellow cyclers while munching on healthy snacks and drinks.

Body Cycle

When:April 30, 2-3 p.m.
Where:Body Cycle Studio, 1923 Chestnut Street
Cost:Free

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Armour Pop-Up Shopping Event

Everyone loves a pop-up and a nice-fitting pair of briefs. You’ll find both at this event hosted by local menswear boutique Armour Philadelphia. Underwear models will be on hand to show off the goods while you enjoy live music and libations.

Armour Pop-Up Shopping Event

When:April 30, 3-6 p.m.
Where:The Tactile Group, 109 S. 13th Street, Suite 3S
Cost:Free

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The Block Party

Rapper and Love & Hip Hop star Mariah Lynn is the special guest at this daytime block party inside the Underground Railroad Museum at Belmont Mansion. Your $20 admission not only grants you access to all rooms in the museum, but an open bar that will be serving drinks all day.

The Block Party

When:April 30, 3-9 p.m.
Where:Belmont Mansion, 2000 Belmont Mansion Drive
Cost:$20

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The Phirm Party

If you’re looking for one bash to hit up during Philadelphia Black Pride, make it Phirm. This party, which has been happening in Philly for 18 years, brings in 4,000 to 5,000 revelers for an evening of dancing until the sun comes up. Snag a $60 VIP ticket for express entry and a catered VIP room.

The Phirm Party

When:April 30, 11 p.m.-sunrise
Where:Major Events Loft, 5075 Lancaster Avenue
Cost:$25-$60

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Finale Day Party

Catch a performance by songbird Tweet in the stunning surroundings of the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Speciality cocktails and light bites will be served.

Finale Day Party

When:May 1, 2-9 p.m.
Where:The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost:$15-$20

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