The most parade contingents ever! The most vendors at Penn’s Landing ever! The most attendees ever! Our 29th PrideDay celebration was an overwhelming success. We especially thank the parade winners:
Best Float–Urban Outfitters
Best Non Profit Group — Attic Youth
Best Business (non Bar) — PECO
Best Vehicle — Wells Fargo
Best Bar — Tabu
Best Female Impersonator — Miss New Hope Cyannie Lopez
Best Twosome or Small Group — Wipe Your Junk
Best Individual — Eric/Fins
Best Theme — Refuse Fascism Philadelphia
Best Performance — Phila. Gay Men’s Chorus
Best Public Statement — Metropolitan Community Church
Best Marching Group w/Sound/Music — Phila. Freedom Band
Best Marching Group w/o Sound/Music — ACLU
Best Visiting Business Group — Greater Atlantic City LGBT Alliance
Best Visiting Non Profit Group — Southern N.J. LGBT Pride
The Gayest in the Parade — Flaggots
GRAND PRIZE “FRUIT BOWL” AWARD — PHILA. GAY MENS CHORUS
There is always a crush to buy wristbands as the parade starts to arrive at the Great Plaza festival location. Adding to the complications this year is the apparent closure of the staircase which led from the Market Street over pass to the parking lot below and then to the North gate along the river. Things will get sufficiently more complicated as all parade goers descent on the main gates to Penn’s Landing. Helpful hints are to use the south entrance by the Seaport Museum or purchase your wristbands from the coordinators and volunteers that sell them at parade formation and at 2nd and Market Streets. You can also purchase your wristbands at a reduced $10 rate at the block party on Friday, June 16.
Nancy and Beth, otherwise known as Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt, will be our headliners on June 18. Everyone will remember Megan Mullally as the infamous Karen Walker from “Will and Grace.” We are excited to have her and she has tweeted that she is excited to be coming to Philadelphia.
We are this close to signing our headliner for June 18. Keep tuned.
The 3rd Annual Keystone LGBT Pride Conference will held in Harrisburg, Saturday, March 25. Information on the event can be found Keystone Pride Events. Our first two conferences were so successful that we outgrew both locations. State Representative Brian Sims has secured us another space in Harrisburg so we have activated our page and the registration form for any pride group wishing to attend.
There is no fee to attend this conference. We have deliberately kept it free to encourage all pride groups to attend. Most groups work on hopes and prayers and volunteers so a registration fee sometime places an insurmountable obstacle to the very groups needing the most help and assistance. Our conference was intended for Pennsylvania groups, but any pride group wishing to attend should do so.
Please note that this is Saturday, March 25, 2017. Our previous conferences were on Sundays, but logistics in an almost vacant Harrisburg capital complex made logistics almost impossible. We hope the change of the conference day will not be a hardship for those wishing to attend.
hilly Gay Pride has heard about the proposed LGBT March on Washington scheduled for Sunday, June 11, which conflicts with our Gay Pride Parade and Festival. We are working studiously to avoid the impact this would have on our local events. We have our Kick-Off Block Party on Friday, June 9, and the Dyke March and William Way Homecoming on Saturday, June 10, so it is a busy local weekend. A loss in 15% to 25% of our attendance is likely catastrophic, putting both our June PrideDay and October OutFest in jeopardy. Not only does this threaten the viability of Philadelphia’s gay pride organization, it will have a profound negative effect on the myriad of community non-profits that depend on our events.
This event was proposed by a single individual without consultation with local Pride organizations, many of which have their events that weekend. Capital Pride (Washington D.C.) quickly moved to support this event because it would greatly increase the attendance at their festival. Logistically, it is difficult-to-impossible to move our event to another date given our Great Plaza location, entertainment, chair/table/tent rental, obtaining floats for the parade, etc., let alone disrupting neighboring Pride events by our moving to their dates.
PhillyPride made a comment about this event being scheduled the same day as the Puerto Rican Day parade in New York. We have withdrawn that statement because it appeared insensitive, and that was certainly not our intention. We apologize.
Make no mistake about it, this event was spontaneously scheduled without any due consideration of those of us who work so hard to keep our local voices heard. It will be a one-and-done Washington D.C. event, and we will be left to deal with the devastating consequences in the future.
We are working on this very difficult matter and we will inform the community of any changes. In the interim, we ask you to write https://www.facebook.com/NationalPrideMarch/to ask the organizers to reschedule their event. We ask you to write Capital Pride at http://www.capitalpride.org/contact-us/and ask them to withdraw their support.
Although it started out raining on your coordinators as we set up OutFest 2016, the day grew nicer and nicer and our unique celebration of National Coming Out Day was a phenomenal success. We thank our coordinators, our volunteers, the 160+ organizations and vendors who partnered with us, our entertainers, and, of course, all those who came. We continue to put the Philadelphia LGBT community on the map with the largest National Coming Out Day event in the world and we couldn’t have done it without you!
We have updated our website to include this year’s main stage entertainment.
Given recent events, ICandy will have no outside presence during OutFest 2016. Philly Pride will not promote ICandy any further as a major sponsor. Unfortunately all printed matter has already been prepared. Philly will take any ICandy promotions off of our website
Philly Pride announces our 2016 OutProud Winners:
Bebashi — OutProud Award
Leon King II — Gilbert Baker National OutProud Award
Sharon L. Cooks — Jaci Adams OutProud Transgender Award
Robert Brisbon — Outstanding Youth
We salute all our deserving winners. Thank you for your service to our community.