Friday, June 16, 2017
Start the weekend festivities with our Pride kick-off party, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., 12th and Locust Streets. Refreshments, food, amusements, and wristbands for the Festival discounted to $10. This is the only time you can purchase wristbands at the discounted rate. At the Festival and along the route the wristbands are $15.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
William Way Homecoming
Sunday, June 18, 2017
The first gay pride parade took place in New York City, June 28, 1970, to commemorate the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots (June 28, 1969), considered to be the beginning of the LGBT civil rights movement. By 1972, many cities, including Philadelphia, were staging gay pride parades and festivals. From 1977 to 1987, there were no parades in Philadelphia. In 1988, there was a spontaneous parade from the gayborhood to a rally sponsored by the Lesbian and Gay Task Force in Love Park. This parade was so successful that community leaders got together to establish an organization that would coordinate a gay pride parade and festival in Philadelphia every June. That organization is Philly Pride Presents, and we are celebrating our 29th PrideDay. We grow every year. PrideDay, the LGBT Pride Parade and Festival, begins in the heart of the Gayborhood at 13th and Locust (11:30) proceeds through Center City and Philadelphia’s historic district. The judging stand is at Independence Mall, 6th and Market Street. The parade terminates at the Festival location at the Great Plaza of Penn’s Landing, the best pride festival location in the country. Although the parade turns down Front Street and crosses I-95 via Chestnut Street, there are several ways into Penn’s Landing via the Market Street and Walnut Street overpasses.
- The parade starts at 11:30 a.m at 13th and Locust Streets.
- The festival gates open at Noon at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
- The Parade reaches the Festival location at approx. 1:00pm
Dealing with the crowds to enter the Great Plaza
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.
There is a $15 cover charge to help fund the event, pay entertainers, cover site rental, and provide seed money for Outfest in October. Where can you get 6 hours of entertainment and 150 vendors and community groups for such a low price? Remember you can purchase the wristbands at the discounted price of $10 at our Friday pre-party. You will be able to purchase wristbands along the parade route for the same $15 price as at the festival gates. Avoid the lines at the Festival site by getting your wristbands early.
Penn’s Landing security will once again be checking backpacks, and this caused an uncomfortable situation at the front gate in 2013. In the intervening years, we have ironed out some of the crowd control problems. Keep an eye out for our volunteers selling wristbands on the street as that will cut out the crowd scene at the Festival. We should be selling wristbands at 2nd and Market Streets, where the parade veers to the right and many festival goes proceed to the left over the Market Street bridge. Read our helpful hints link above. Avoid backpacks. Those with bags will be checked, and it will cause you some delay. If you enter from either the north or south parking lots, your wait should be less as well. If you buy your wristbands in advance, don’t wait in the ticket lines! Those crossing I-95 via the Market Street overpass will be urged to descent the steps into the parking lot and the north entrance.
Check-in Instructions (for both Parade and Festival)
Groups participating in the parade and festival can get their checking in instructions here
View a list of all the organizations and businesses participating in this year’s parade and festival. Also, learn how your organization or business can participate!