For the first time in Philly Pride’s history, the parade will be televised. 6ABC will be filming our parade on June 9. It will be broadcast on Sunday, June 30, 1:00 p.m., following a 30 minute special on the anniversary of Stonewall.
We are currently updating our webpage to reflect our next event, PrideDay 2019, Sunday, June 9, 2019, and featuring a series of historical posts on our Facebook page. If you are interesting in becoming a yearly sponsor, please call our office at 215-875-9288 or email us at [email protected] This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and it is likely to be our biggest PrideDay ever.
Philly Pride congratulates all our parade winners.
Phila. Gay Men’s Chorus — Grand Prize “Fruit Bowl”
Flaggots — Gayest in Parade
Urban Outfitters — Best Float
Attic Youth — Best Non-Profit Group
PECO — Best Business
Walnut Street Theatre — Best Vehicle
U-Bar — Best Bar
Wonder Woman — Best Female Impersonator
LGBT Support Group Truman High School — Best Small Group
Metropolitan Community Church — Best Theme
Phila. Gay Men’s Chorus — Best Performance
Phila. Refuse Fascism — Best Statement
Phila. Freedom Band — Best Marching Group with Music
CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Phila.) — Best Marching Group without Music
Penn Jersey Roller Derby — Best Visiting Non-Profit Group
Woodbury Heights Fire Department — Best Visiting Bar/Business
Discover Financial — Best Visiting Float
Morning volunteers have to check in at the Walnut Street and Columbus Blvd entrance to Penn’s Landing (water level). If you come over Market Street or Chestnut Street (you are at street level) you will not be able to use the ramps to get down to water level as the “scissor ramps” have been removed. The only way down are the steps/ramps at the end of Market Street which were installed last year.
We now have more groups in the Parade than ever before. We now have more groups at the Festival than ever before. Any groups wanting to participate on PrideDay will have to call our office. No more mail applications will be accepted. We thank everyone for making our 30th birthday so successful.
As this is our 30th birthday, we are honoring 4 performers from our community as Miss Philly LGBT pride that have been very loyal to us But never held a title as Miss Philly gay pride. In no particular order, they are Les Harrison, Sandy Beech, Finesse A. Ross, Marcello Brening Barrera.
The board has approved the logo for the 2018 PrideDay Parade and Festival. It features a rainbow skyline of Philadelphia with the OutFest Logo, Independence Hall, and the passing parade superimposed.
We have begun to make plans for the PrideDay LGBT Pride Parade and Festival. This year will be our 30th anniversary/birthday. This year we are returning to our normal second Sunday in June, which is June 10, 2018, as events last year in Washington D.C. made us delay our scheduling for a week. Believe it or not, we have already had some meetings about OutFest 2018 even though it is 10 months away. Because so many elements and organizations of our community depend on our events to showcase themselves, it is important that we stay active and always planning for the future. If you are interested in becoming more active with us, please feel free to attend our meetings.
Volunteers please note: Because of the preexisting use of the ballroom at the William Way Community Center, Philly Pride has rescheduled its on-site meeting for Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 6:30 p.m. We look forward to meeting with our coordinators, staff, and volunteers on that date to finalize plans for OutFest 2017.
After meeting with city officials on 8/22/2017, Philly Pride is happy to announce that OutFest 2017, Philadelphia’s unique celebration of National Coming Out Day and the largest NCOD event in the world, will be held on Sunday, October 8. There was some concern that Old City Fest and a home Philadelphia Eagles game were scheduled on the same day, but the details have been worked out. So enter the date on your calendars.