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May 05, 2011 11:15 ET

Philly Pride Presents PrideDay 2011

"Pride Around The World," the 23rd Annual LGBT Pride Parade & Festival for the Greater Philadelphia & Tri-State Area

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2011) -

WHEN:Sunday, June 12, 2011
12:00 Noon-6:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Parade begins at 13th & Locust Streets and proceeds east on Market Street, passing the Judges Reviewing Stand at Independence Hall. The parade continues east to Front Street and over the Chestnut Street walkway entrance for the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing.

The Festival is at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing Columbus Boulevard, from Market St. to Walnut St.

WHAT: PrideDay Festival includes 5 hours of main stage entertainment, with a major headliner and the best of the best in local female impersonation, a Dance Area, Family Zone, Pet Zone, Health Area and Sports Area. There is a variety of food and beverages.

Presented by Philly Pride Presents, there is a $10 admission.

There will be over 90 different organizations networking and doing outreach (largest annual networking event in for the LGBT Community) and over 40 different merchants selling rainbow novelties, craft and other merchandise.

HISTORY & WHO WE ARE: Philly Pride Presents, Inc. (PPP) is a group of volunteer coordinators under the leadership of an Executive Director and Senior Advisor which organizes "PrideDay" in June, and "OutFest" in October. These are the largest events for the Philadelphia Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community to join together and celebrate as a whole.

The first official Pride Parade was organized in an impromptu fashion at the end of the 1980s and was intended to coincide with a rally planned by the Lesbian and Gay Task Force at Love Park. It was so successful that community members met and started an organization (Lesbian & Gay Pride of the Delaware Valley, Inc.) whose goal was to produce a parade and festival at Penn's Landing each year to continue the community outreach and visibility that was achieved at the original rally.

That organization evolved into what we know today as Philly Pride Presents and that first rally grew into the largest celebration and networking of LGBT pride in the region, now attracting over 9,000 people each year.

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