The march and the festival, the dance parties and more
This is a pivotal year for Pride in Philadelphia for three main reasons:
1. This is our first normal pride since Covid shut things down in 2020.
2. This may be the most BIPOC-friendly Philly Pride in decades, if ever. The Walk and Anchor Festival is led by a new Organizing Committee, PHL Pride Collective, whose mission is to create a Philly Pride experience centered on the black and brown queer and trans communities. You can read the founding principles of the organization (or points of unity) here.
3. 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Philadelphia’s first-ever Gay Pride Day in 1972.
Here’s what that event looked like:
Plus, with rights seemingly being taken away from the citizens of our country every day, there’s no better time to come out, with your voices raised, to celebrate, lift up and come together for the causes you believe in.
There are plenty of ways to do it throughout the month in Philadelphia — from boat parties and gay-focused art exhibits to community brunches and concerts. You’ll find all that and more in our guide to Philly Pride 2022 below.
PHL Pride March 🏳️🌈
PHL Pride Collective and Philly Dyke march team up for this year PHL Pride March, which replaces Philadelphia’s traditional parade of floats and marching bands with a rally for action. It begins with a rally at the Constitution Center at 5th and Arch Streets in 11 a.m. June 5where you will find loudspeakers and live music before the procession leaves.
Everyone is welcome to participate in the walk itself, which winds its way through the city (the actual route will be posted on the day of the walk) before ending in the Gayborhood. Along the way, the walk will stop at three stops to shine a light on diverse and often overlooked LGBTQ+ voices – Leni Lenape people, people of color and trans people, and LGBTQ+ seniors and youth – with speakers and live performances.
PHL Pride Festival 🏳️🌈
A joyful, welcoming and diverse festival concludes the pride parade on June 5 at noon throughout the Gayborhood (map below). Attendees should find a typical Gayborhood block party experience, complete with live DJs, outdoor food trucks and bars, games, vending tables and more. New this year include a dedicated low-key space and non-alcoholic dry bar, plus a relaxation zone with low acoustic music, accessible bathrooms, and comfortable seating for a low-sensory Philly Pride experience.
Here’s a map of the festival so you know where to go:
More big Philly Pride events in June 🏳️🌈
The bulk of June’s LGBTQ Pride events in Philadelphia take place during Pride Weekend, June 3 to 5. Here are some important tasks to watch out for:
The Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs kicks off Pride Month in Philadelphia by hoist the rainbow flag at the town hall, where it will fly all month alongside state and city flags. Speakers and live music accompany the ceremony. Friday, June 3, noon. Northeast apron of City Hall, 1400 JFK Boulevard, free.
The Big PRIDE Boat Party on the Moshulu Boat — a Pride weekend staple — features three decks with dance floors, two DJs, food stations, and gorgeous views of the Delaware River. Friday, June 3, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., 401 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., $30.
The W Philadelphia hosts a all weekend of Pride programming – of June 3 to 5 – including a round table on the impact of queer pioneers, art exhibitions, pool parties and a curated vendors market with local and queer treats. See the full summary here. 1439 Chestnut Street.
Philadelphia drag legend Brittany Lynn hosts a not so good drag tea at Sofitel every Saturday in June, from June 4 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. inside the hotel’s Brasserie Chez Colette. Proceeds from the events will benefit the William Way LGBT Community Center. June 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 120 S. 17th Street, $75 to $85.
The 2022 Outdoor Mega Party Pride Edition Sweatshirt brings Pride rager vibes to the waterfront with an afternoon DJ, giveaways — and good old TWERKfest. Saturday, June 4, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cavanaugh River Bridge, 417 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard, $20-$25.
The basement Dance Bar Competition — the one with the ball pool and the ice bar — the hosts Cyberpunk 2069: The future is the Gay Pride queer Partya future-themed rave for the circuit party with live DJs and artists. Saturday, June 4, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Back entrance to Concourse Dance Bar, 1635 Market Street, $30.
The Pride Fun Gay Tea Dance Brunch at Cockatoo hosts DJ Chris Urban and drags in performances from some of Philadelphia’s most legendary queens, including Ms. Lisa Lisa (of Bob & Barbara fame) and Icon Ebony-Fierce. Sunday, June 5, from noon to 8 p.m. 208 S. 13th Street, $80 to $260.
Looking for something to do after the Pride Festival? Head toward 1225Gross for the AF PROUD: The Philly Pride After-Party for live pop-up performances, banging music, twerking and vogueing contests and more. Sunday, June 5, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. 1225 Sansom Street, $15 to $25.
BEYOND PRIDE WEEKEND
Philly Pride doesn’t end with the Sunday march and festival. Here are more ways to celebrate the LGBTQ cause throughout the month of June:
The Comedy Club Punch Line Philly hosts An old gay timea comedy show featuring LGBTQ+ comics. Thursday, June 2, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. 33 E. Laurel Street, $15 (and a minimum of two drinks per guest).
Drag queen Brittany Lynn chairs Pride Drag Trivia at Bok Bar in South Philly with a focus on the 1980s. Come up with a clever nickname for your team: Miss Brittany always hands out a prize for best team name. Wednesday, June 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 800 Mifflin Street, $20 to $60.
In his nationally touring theatrical presentation Stun AttackJone birch, a sculptor-turned-drag queen with a 1950s housewife vibe, tackles heavy topics, such as bullying, bigotry and body dysmorphia, with campy, hilarious aplomb. Its South Street stop at YOU’RE HERE is a must for those who love a side of performance art with their drag. Wednesday, June 8, 8 p.m. TLA, 334 South Street, $27 to $47.
South Philly Waterhole devil’s lair hosts two of its popular Drag me to the den drag shows during Pride month – both of which benefit an LGBTQ nonprofit True solid colors. Thursday June 9, 8 p.m. and Sunday June 26, 2 p.m. 1148 S. 11th Street, $10 to $60.
Hyatt Centric Downtown Philadelphia makes its debut its first-ever pride month maker market which “highlights a mix of small businesses and talented gay-owned artists in the city”. Merchandise to be won in the hotel’s Alexander Ballroom includes everything from jewelry and swimwear to bath bombs, soaps and ceramics. Saturday June 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1620 Chancellor Street, pay as you go.
Want to celebrate LGBTQ+ pride with the kids? Follow Brittany Lynn on Facebook to know when it will be next Drag Queen Storytime has passed. She has a group lined up for Pride Month at free libraries all over town. Various dates and times. Various locations, aalways free.
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK FOR LGBTQ CAUSES
Local bars and restaurants are launching food and drink specials during Pride Month that benefit local and national LGBTQ organizations. Here are a few things to add to your list of things to try this month.
Throughout the month of June, five percent of all sales of The jolt of love — a strawberry shake with rainbow sprinkles and a rainbow straw — at HipCityVeg will be donated to local organizations directly supporting LGBTQ+ communities.
The Cocktail Mattachine 76 — a violet-hued riff on the French 76 — at Charlie was a sinner. honors the Mattachine Society, one of the nation’s premier gay rights organizations. $1 from every sale will be donated to William Way.
Try the limited edition #loveislove strawberry blonde beer at Evil Genius Beer Company in June. Profits will benefit The Trevor Projecta national non-profit organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth.
Header photo by J. Miczek / Visit Philadelphia