COVID-19 has put a lot of events on hold, and this included Philly Pride 2020. We were all saddened that we couldn’t get together to celebrate our pride with the annual Pride Parade and Festival brought to us by Philly Pride Presents. But of course, the safety of our community always comes first.
On April 16, 2021, Philly Pride Presents, the host of the annual Philly Pride Parade and Festival posted the following:
The local gayborhood restaurants have street permits that run until December so that they can have outdoor dining during COVID, so Philly Pride Presents was not able to get permits for a street festival or a parade.
They contacted Penn’s Landing to get a date for the festival, and Saturday, September 4th was the only day that the space was available.
The new Pride lite will be in lieu of June Pride and October OUTFest.
A revamped LGBTQ Pride Festival is moving to September at Penn’s Landing, organizers told PGN. “We’re going to do a pride event because we know people will be itching to get out, but it won’t be like the traditional pride events we’re used to doing because of the city guidelines,” said Fran Price of Philly Pride Presents. “We’re calling it ‘Pride Lite,’ and that should explain a lot.” - Posted 4/29 on the PGN