Raise a flag, a rainbow flag that is, for Pride Month, a monthlong celebration of the LGBTQ community commemorating the anniversary of the New York City Stonewall riots in 1969.
Philadelphia celebrated Pride for the first time 50 years ago. Now, Pride has been reimagined to honor the many activists and community members who have fought and continue to fight to make this city an equitable place for the LGBTQ community. This month, there is a full slate of Pride events with a new festival and march taking the place of Philadelphia’s annual parade.
Here’s how to celebrate Pride Month in Philadelphia.
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Haddon Township Pride
June 9-11 | festival
Haddon Township Pride is marked with three days of community celebrations, a parade, and a festival. The festivities kick off on Friday with the parade on Haddon Avenue and after-party at Haddon Square. The party continues with lip sync battles, quizzo, performances, and more all weekend. (June 9-11, various times and locations, htpride.com)
Philly Pride Run
June 11 | fitness
The Philly Pride Run is back for the sixth time, and this year, there is a new route. The 5K is a chip timed event with three top categories: female, non-binary, and male divisions (inclusive of people in wheelchairs). But if you prefer a shorter run, there will also be a non-timed one-mile run, with prizes for the top three most festive participants. This year, the Philly Pride Run is asking runners to make a direct donation to William Way Community Center, a nonprofit that provids food and supplies to LGBTQ seniors. ($25-$55, June 11, 8 a.m., 4231 Avenue of the Republic., runtheday.com)
Out of the Closet and into the Crypt
June 12 | tour
Due to the constrictions of their time, many LGBTQ people couldn’t have their sexual orientation or gender identity registered in cemetery records or in their obituaries. That’s why Laurel Hill Cemetery is organizing a tour, guided by Pat Rose, to help tell the stories of its queer residents, including gay activists, lesbian artists, and more. This two-hour tour begins at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 1 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance. ($7.50-$15, June 12, 3822 Ridge Ave.,thelaurelhillcemetery.org)
Pride Bar Crawl
June 18 | drinks
Maximize your party options with this fun-filled Pride bar crawl. Your wristband gets you free entry to more than five bars (Woody’s, Concourse, Howl at the Moon, and more), up to half off beer and cocktails, and up to 20% off food. ($15-$30, June 18, 2-9 p.m., various locations in Center City, barcrawllive.com)
Science After Hours: Summer Ball
June 24 | party
Science and dance come together at this Pride Month celebration at The Franklin Institute. Spend the night dancing to music by DJ Honey in the planetarium, catch drag performances, lessons on ballroom culture, and more. Your ticket includes access to core exhibits and galleries, a cash bar with food and drink, access to the roof deck and a special lapel pin. ($35-$45, June 24, 7:30-11:30 p.m., 222 N. 20th St., fi.edu)
Bucks-Mont Pride Festival
June 24 | festival
This free outdoor festival is packed with art, music, community resources, and more for the whole family. Spend the day taking in performances and special activities while enjoying food from food trucks like Jules Thin Crust and refreshing (nonalcoholic) drinks from Pina Colada Perumex. (June 24, noon-5 p.m., 515 Meetinghouse Rd., Jenkintown, bucksmontpride.com)
Inquirer music critic Dan DeLuca contributed to this article.