Fly those rainbow flags high, Philly!
Philadelphia celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month with a giant Pride parade and lively festival on Sunday, June 10.
The annual event — now in its 30th year — draws more than 25,000 people to Philly every June. The energetic 1.5-mile procession culminates in a huge block party at Penn’s Landing to fete the LGBTQ community.
This year’s PrideDay is the biggest yet, with nearly 200 participating vendors and community groups.
PRIDEDAY LGBT PARADE AND FESTIVAL FAST FACTS
- The 30th annual PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival is on Sunday, June 10.
- The parade is free to attend and starts at 11:30 a.m.
- The parade starts at 13th and Locust and weaves through Center City and Old City to Penn’s Landing.
- The festival at Penn’s Landing costs $15 to attend and runs noon-6 p.m.
The PrideDay Parade
Catch colorful floats, fabulous drag queens, talented performers and more at the Pride parade starting at 11:30 a.m.
The procession begins in the heart of the Gayborhood at 13th and Locust streets. It moves along Locust Street before veering left at Washington Square Park to continue down 7th Street to Market Street. The parade then turns right at Market Street and continues through Old City culminating at Penn’s Landing, where the festival is held.
Panelists at the judging stand — located at Independence Mall between 5th and 6th streets on Market Street — evaluate parade participants and announce the winners for Best Theme, Best Float, Best Performance and more categories at the festival.
The parade is expected to arrive at Penn’s Landing around 1:30 p.m. The festival gates open officially at noon.
The Festival with Headliner Margaret Cho
The revelry carries on after the parade ends at the PrideDay festival at Penn’s Landing from noon to 6 p.m.
This year features an outstanding lineup of live entertainment and over 194 vendors and community organizations — the most in the event’s history! — set up booths on site.
Henri David returns as the master of ceremonies to welcome a variety of performers to the stage, including stand-up comedian (and headliner) Margaret Cho, powerhouse vocalist and drag queen Chris Weaver (who you might remember from season 13 of The Voice), singer and songwriter Sophia Ramos, choreographer Kemar Jewel and many others. High-energy performances and appearances from local drag queens round out the fest’s entertainment.
Tickets to the festival are $15 each along the parade route at the festival gate but offered at a discounted rate ($10 each) at the Pride kick-off party, located at 12th and Locust streets from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday.
More Pride Events
PrideDay festivities in Philly begin well before Sunday at the official event kick-off party on Friday, June 8 at 12th and Locust streets.
From 6 to 10 p.m., party-goers can enjoy food, drink and entertainment at the outdoor pre-PrideDay bash.
Also on Friday evening, the William Way LGBT Community Center hosts its annual Pride weekend cocktail party — William Way Homecoming — from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. In addition to the cocktails, attendees can expect live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction at the Center, located on 13th and Spruce streets. Tickets range from $25 to $75 per person.
Getting There and Staying Over
Parking is extremely limited, so the event organizers advise guests to take public transportation to the festival at Penn’s Landing. The nearest stop, 2nd and Market streets on the Market-Frankford Line, is just three blocks away.
To avoid long lines at the festival gate, buy wristbands ahead of time. Volunteers and event organizers will sell wristbands at the kick-off party on Friday night for a discounted price of $10. There are also designated spots along the parade route — at 13th and Locust, Independence Hall and at Front and Market streets — where wristbands can be purchased for the regular admission price of $15.
Backpacks will be searched and items like alcohol will be confiscated. Avoid backpacks to prevent delayed entry.
Those who want to turn the festival into a getaway (or a staycation!) should book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for up to $195 worth of perks, including free hotel parking, a $25 We ♥ 13th Street restaurants gift card, a $10 Lyft credit and more.