Philadelphia Black Pride Returns For Its 19th Year Of Parties, Panels And More, April 25-29

The largest gathering of LGBTQ people of color in Pennsylvania features five nights of events...

Get ready, Philly! Philadelphia Black Pride is back with a jam-packed weekend of parties, celebrity appearances, panel discussions, a film screening and more.

The festival, which is returning for its 19th year, takes place from April 25-29.


  • Philadelphia Black Pride takes place April 25-29.
  • The theme for this year’s event is “Unchained: A Revolution of Love.”
  • Highlights include the first-ever parade and rally, multiple parties, community-centered events and more.
  • Philadelphia Black Pride is the largest gathering of LGBTQ people of color in Pennsylvania.


Throughout the year, Philadelphia Black Pride works to improve and celebrate the experience of LGBTQ individuals through programs, policy and advocacy.

Each spring, a multi-day festival aims to bring together LGBTQ people of color from Philadelphia and beyond.

This year’s festival, based around the theme of “Unchained: A Revolution of Love,” takes over venues like SugarHouse Casino and Punchline Philly for panel discussions, parties, a parade and more.

Philadelphia Black Pride at City Hall
(Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia)
The first-ever Black Pride Parade ends with the Unchained Rally at the Courtyard at City Hall on Wednesday, April 25.

Events, Parties and Nightlife

Philadelphia Black Pride — the largest gathering of LGBTQ people of color in Pennsylvania — kicks off with the first-ever Black Pride Parade and rally on Wednesday, April 25. The procession starts at the Aloft Philadelphia Downtown hotel and ends at the Courtyard at City Hall, where the Unchained Rally will begin.

The parade and rally aim to demonstrate and honor the resilience and rich history of the LGBTQ community of color, and to examine ways to create safe spaces for future black and brown LGBT Philadelphians.

The festival then rolls out daytime bashes almost every day, starting with a pregame party from Strength Alliance filled with live entertainment, food, health screenings and other helpful resources on hand.

Also on tap: the Wake Up and Cook Up party at Cavanaugh’s Riverdeck (Saturday, April 28), the HER Addiction Philly Black Pride Party for Women (Saturday, April 28), the Wakanda Block Party on 13th Street (Sunday, April 29) and the finale day party hosted by Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes (Sunday, April 29).

Philadelphia Black Pride at Woody's
(Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia)
Philadelphia Black Pride features dozens of parties, happy hours and more at popular bars and restaurants like Woody’s (shown).

Looking for celebrity guests? Vanity Grand hosts the popular 2,000 Sexy Men Party featuring Taethedoug & Rico on Friday, April 27, while social media star Hennessy Carolina hosts The Main Event bash at SugarHouse Casino on Saturday, April 28.

Also a can’t-miss event: Female DJs take over District9ne for the STAMINA 2018: Philly Black Pride for Women Party hosted by Juju from Love & Hip Hop: New York on Saturday, April 28.

For more details about these and other events, go here.

Panels & Community Events

Philadelphia Black Pride also features events and panel discussions centered around issues in the community.

The conversation begins with a screening and discussion of Garden of Eden on Wednesday, April 25 at the Aloft Philadelphia Downtown hotel. The film follows the life of a young, newly out lesbian.

Additionally, the LGBT Center at University of Pennsylvania hosts a roundtable discussion about bias and stereotypes on Thursday, April 26, and the I Am She, and She Is Me brunch on Sunday, April 29 focuses on a conversation about the lack of visibility of the LGBTQ community in certain spaces.

Beyond our guide, there is so much more to do during Philadelphia Black Pride. For more on what’s happening during the festival, click here!

Philadelphia Black Pride

When:April 25-29
Where:Various locations including the Courtyard at City Hall, 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Cost:Varies by event



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