Get ready to show your Pride!
The neighboring towns of New Hope, Pennsylvania and Lambertville, New Jersey team up once again for the 15th annual New Hope Celebrates PrideFest, which runs for an entire week from May 12 to 20.
The Bucks County-based festival features events like a giant Pride Parade, dance parties, a cocktail contest, a 5K run/one-mile walk and so much more.
PRIDEFEST FAST FACTS
- New Hope Celebrates PrideFest runs from May 12 to May 20.
- The massive Pride Parade draws 15,000 people on Saturday, May 19.
- After the parade, the Pride Fair at the Logan Inn features 40 vendors.
- The weeklong festivities include fireworks, dance and pool parties and more.
The festival is put on by New Hope Celebrates, an organization committed to New Hope’s diverse LGBT community that offers educational activities and cultural events.
The 2018 Pride Parade
The most popular event of the festival, the massive Pride Parade on Saturday, May 19 is expected to draw more than 15,000 people.
Beginning at 11 a.m., local and national organizations — including youth groups, schools, churches and more — parade from the corner of Main Street and Arnett Avenue in Lambertville, across the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge and on to Main Street and New Street in New Hope.
Guests can watch the parade at any point along the route, but there will be three stages set up where announcers will call out the names of participants as they pass. The stages are located at the Lambertville House on the New Jersey side and at two Main Street establishments in New Hope: The Cannon and Le Chateau Exotique.
The fun keeps on going right after the parade at the Pride Fair, where guests enjoy food, giveaways, live music and family fun in the parking lot at the Logan Inn on W. Ferry Street for a suggested donation of $5 per person. (Children under 10 are free.)
Festival attendees can look forward to events throughout the week leading up to the parade. To start things off, folks can lace up their running shoes for a great cause during the PRIDE 5K and 1 Mile Walk on Saturday, May 12, with proceeds going toward the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce and New Hope Celebrates.
Later that day, the annual unfurling of the 25-foot long rainbow pride flag takes place atop the Starbucks at Bridge and Main streets in New Hope. This year’s event will include daytime rainbow fireworks (!) and more than 100 individual flags for guests.
Other events on tap during the week include the annual Lipstick Monday Drag Show at The Raven on Monday, May 14, a Pride Trivia Night at Triumph Brewing Co. on Thursday, May 17 and the annual Best Cocktail Contest, which runs at local establishments during the entire week.
Lastly, close out another successful PrideFest with NHC Annual Sunday Pride Pool Party at The Raven on Sunday, May 20.
For a full list of events, go here.
Get your pride on, New Hope!