June is National Gay Pride Month, and every year Philadelphia celebrates in style with the LGBT Pride Day Parade and Festival. The parade and festival brings more than 25,000 participators to Philadelphia to strut their stuff down Broad Street and take part in the Pride Day festivities at Penn’s Landing.
This year’s LGBT Pride Day Parade marks the 50th anniversary of the Annual Reminders picketing of Independence Hall. These protests, which happened every year on the 4th of July from 1965-1969 in Philadelphia, were some of the first LGBT rights demonstrations in the United States. The LBGT Pride Day Parade has been held every year since 1988, and the celebration has grown from its origins as a spontaneous rights march to a yearly festival with tens of thousands of participants and spectators and over 80 community sponsors.
After the parade, stop by Penn’s Landing for the LGBT Pride Day Festival, held from noon until 6 p.m. The festival features a number of notable performers, including this year’s headliner Fran Drescher as well as Alex Newell, who plays the character Unique on the long-running Fox hit Glee. 16 food vendors will be on site as well as drinks sponsored by Malibu Rum, Absolut Vodka, Miller and Barefoot Wine. There is a $15 cover charge for admission to the festival at Penn’s Landing.
This year’s LGBT Pride Day Parade begins in the Gayborhood at 13th and Locust Streets at 11:30 a.m., with the judging stand located at Independence Mall at 6th and Market streets. Winners will be announced at the festival in categories like Best Float, Best Female Impersonator, Best Public Statement, Spectators Favorite and Gayest in the Parade.
For more information check out the parade and festival’s website here.
What: LGBT Pride Parade and Festival
When: June 14, 2015. The parade starts at 11:30 a.m. and the festival gates open at noon.
Where: Beginning at 13th and Locust and ending at Penn’s Landing