LGBT PRIDE WEEK EVENTS
Philly Pride Kick-Off Block Party. Friday. June 16. 6-11 p.m.
12th and Locust Street. Start the weekend of festivities off with our block party at 12th and Locust. Wristbands for Sunday’s Festival discounted to $10. If you get your wristband in advance, you can save yourself some grief dealing with the lines into Penn’s Landing Great Plaza
William Way Homecoming. Saturday. June 17. 11am-2pm
William Way LGBT Center. Information is available here: William Way
29th Annual Pride Day Parade and Festival
Parade starts at 11:30 a.m at 13th and Locust. Festival gates open at Noon at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd and Chestnut Street The Parade reaches the festival at approximately 1:30pm
(1) There will be significantly fewer parking spaces again this year due to the opening of the Great Plaza’s roller-rink. The best option would be to take public transportation. The Market-Frankford (Blue) Line stops at 2nd & Market, which is just a short 3 block walk over the Market Street/I-95 overpass to the Festival.
(2) There will be volunteers and coordinators selling wristbands at the June 16th block party (discounted to $10). Volunteers and coordinators will be selling wristbands at parade kickoff in the gayborhood, at Independence Hall, and at Front and Market (the foot of the I-95 overpass) for the regular admission price of $15. It is best to buy your wristbands there and avoid the lines at the Great Plaza. If you get your wristbands ahead of time, you do not have to stand in line again at the ticket booths! Additionally, it appears that the staircase leading from the Market Street overpass down to the parking lot and North Gate will be closed. To avoid the grief of standing in line, get your wristband ahead of time or use theSouth Gate at the Seaport Museum.
(3) Do yourself a favor and avoid backpacks. They will be searched and items like alcohol confiscated.
(4) Check out all our vendors. Come hungry and thirsty. There will be plenty to eat and drink as you enjoy the festivities.