Nearly 50 years ago, the first gay pride parade was held in New York City to commemorate the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots, demonstrations sparked by a police raid on a gay club that served as the first major protest on behalf of LGBT equal rights.
Philadelphia held its first pride parade in 1972, a celebration that lapsed in subsequent years until 1988, when a parade from the gayborhood to LOVE Park led to a commitment to hold a gay pride parade and festival every June.
That tradition — PrideDay — celebrated its 30th year Sunday with a 1.5-mile parade from 13th and Locust Streets, past a judging stand at Independence Mall and down to Penn's Landing, where a festival of food, drink, music and dancing kicked off around 1:30 p.m. at the Great Plaza.
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Similar celebrations filled streets and parks in cities across the country and world.
Next up by Philly Pride Presents: OutFest on Oct. 9.
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