This June, Pride celebrations will take place around the world, and Philadelphia will continue its tradition of holding one of the most vibrant, and storied installments. Philly Pride is celebrating a particularly special time and history this year, as it will be the 30th year of festivities. From the basic facts, to a some meaningful background, here’s what you need to know about Philly Pride 2018.
The Philly Pride Parade and Festival will take place over the course of the weekend June 8-10th.
The opening night is a Friday, and it marks the Pride Kick-Off Party, which will take place from 6pm-10pm at 12th and Locust streets. The shindig will feature food from local vendors, live entertainment, and refreshments, as well as discounted wristbands for the weekend’s festival.
Saturday will have some to-be-determined activities put on by festival organizers, as well as buffer day for travelers to explore the city of Philadelphia, and find independent events taking place around town in honor of Pride.
On Sunday, the main event takes place, where thousands will take to the streets of Philadelphia’s world-famous GayborHood to celebrate the LGBTQ community, and continue the fight for equal rights in this country and around the world. The first event of this kind in Philadelphia happened in 1988, and it was a spontaneous parade sponsored by the historic Lesbian and Gay Task Force in Love Park. Now 30 years later, it’s one of the most widely attended, and influential marches in the world.
Though it used to start at Rittenhouse Square, this year’s LGBT Pride Parade and Festival will start at 13th and Locust streets, and proceed along a 1.5 mile route through Center City and the Historic District. The parade will end at the city’s world-famous Great Plaza of Penn’s Landing, and that’s also where the subsequent festival will take place.
Those of you looking to make a vacation out of your trip to Philly Pride can book here to stay near the fun at The Independent Hotel in Philadelphia. For information on the parade route, how to deal with the crowds, admission, start times, and the day’s festivities, check out the Philly Pride Parade and Festival page here.
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