Philly Pride Announced!

Executive Director of PhillyGayCalendar

Get Ready for Philadelphia Pride 2023: Love, Light, and Liberation!

June 2 - 4, 2023

Philadelphia’s official Pride celebration is back this year with a bang, and we can’t wait to share all the exciting details with you! Presented by Galaei, Philly’s leading QTBIPOC social justice organization, Pride is taking over the city with a weekend of events from June 2nd to June 4th, 2023, culminating in the spectacular annual Pride march and festival on June 4th.

The Love, Light, and Liberation Pride March kicks off at 10:30 AM on June 4th at the north end of Independence Mall, right in front of the Constitution Center at 5th and Arch Streets. Open to everyone, the march promises to be a vibrant, inclusive celebration of our authentic selves. With the absence of floats, banners, and vehicles, the focus remains on community and joy.

Following the Liberation March, the Festival will take place in the heart of the Gayborhood (see map below) from 12 PM to 7 PM. The festival promises something for everyone, from the Youth and Family Zone, in collaboration with the William Way Center, Philly Family Pride, Big Brothers Big Sister, Independence, and Galaei’s SPLAT program to the Sober Vibes area, providing a welcoming space for adults who prefer non-alcoholic beverages.

For those needing a break from the excitement, the Decompression Zone offers seating, water stations, and shade coverings, ensuring a comfortable experience for community elders and those living with disabilities. In collaboration with Disability Pride PA, this space will also provide relaxing acoustic music, adult changing stations, wheelchair charging docks, and cooling stations with free water and snacks.

Food lovers will rejoice with the Food Truck Market, offering an array of delicious options from local vendors, while the Vice section focuses on resources and safe sex items, honoring our dearly departed sibling Maso.

The festival also boasts an incredible lineup of music and performances across multiple stages. The Muses Stage, curated by SWAY Philly and BOS, highlights local producers and promoters, while the Stonewall Stage pays tribute to the pioneers of our community and the music that fueled the queer revolution.

Dance enthusiasts will adore the Bailar y Amor section, a celebration of Afro-Latinx culture and dance, honoring the roots of Galaei and the vibrant queer Latinx community. Meanwhile, the Pop Wellness area provides a one-stop-shop for STI testing, healthcare resources, and vital community support.

Corporate Alley keeps the festival’s focus on community by limiting the presence of vetted corporate sponsors to a designated area, ensuring that the heart of the celebration remains centered on our LGBTQ+ family.

Community Service Tents offer on-site medical assistance, mental health support, and security, while Kiki Alley brings back the fabulous Philadelphia ballroom scene.

Join us for this incredible celebration of love, light, and liberation at Philly’s official Pride festival, and let’s make this year’s event the most memorable one yet!

As always, stay tuned to PhillyGayCalendar for all the news about Pride. Plus, closer to the time we will have our PRIDE PAGE with all the events for Philly Pride Weekend as well as events all Pride Month Long

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