First time at pride?

Where did Pride start?

The first Gay Pride Parade in Philadelphia took place in 1972, running from Rittenhouse Square to Independence Park. Three years after Stonewall, Philadelphia had its own pride day celebration, and the event continued in that format through 1976. Since its inception that same year, PGN has reported on the various pride parades and rallies in Philadelphia. Here is a year-by-year look back at the beginnings of our city’s pride celebrations as reported in the paper.

How is Pride celebrated today?

All around the world celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia, resource festivals and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS.

How can a first-timer prepare for a Pride parade?

With the sheer amount of attendees it attracts, a Pride parade is undoubtedly fun and empowering but also overwhelming to a first-timer. A little planning definitely helps make the experience more enjoyable.

1. Go with friends.

Whether you’re an LGBTQ+ individual or an ally, it helps to have familiar faces with you for safety and enjoyment. Even better, have a Pride parade buddy who will look out for you and vice versa during the festivities

2. Research the location of the Pride parade you choose to attend.

Find out how accessible it is to either public or private transportation and where are the nearby parking spaces are. Check out our website for where are accessible public restrooms, and security policy. Look up the program schedule and details of the parade and any emergency hotlines provided by the organizers.

3. Prepare your Pride March pack.

Here are the essentials you need to bring:

  • A fully charged phone and a portable charger for both communication and picture- and video-taking purposes
  • Your wallet with ID and cash for emergency purchases
  • A refillable water bottle to keep you hydrated
  • Snacks you can eat while walking, such as granola or energy bars
  • An extra shirt you can change into.

4. Questions

For any additional questions please visit our website for answers to all your frequently asked questions