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Philadelphia. The City of Brotherly Love and an epicenter for freedom of expression. We’re proud that our city is a great destination for gay and lesbian travelers and even more so that Loews Philadelphia Hotel is located in the heart of the Gayborhood — in the Washington West area of the city.

On 18 April 2007, the city of Philadelphia officially recognized the Gayborhood area by adding 36 gay pride rainbow flag symbols to street signs. An additional 32 signs were added in June 2010.

This month, Philadelphia will host the Philly LGBT Pride Parade and Festival on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Preceding the big day are several related events, including the Philly Dyke March on Saturday, June 11, and a kick-off Pride Block Party on the Friday before the big weekend.

Pride Parade

This year is the city’s 27th Pride Day, hosted by Philly Pride Presents. (The same organization also produces OutFest, the world’s largest National Coming Out Day event, held early in October.) The LGBT Pride Parade and Festival begins in the heart of the Gayborhood at 13th and Locust at 11:30 AM (half an hour earlier this year) and proceeds through Center City and Philadelphia’s historic district. The judging stand is at Independence Mall, 6th and Market Street and the parade terminates at the Great Plaza of Penn’s Landing, the best pride festival location in the country.

Although the parade turns down Front Street and crosses I-95 via Chestnut Street, there are several ways into Penn’s Landing via the Market Street and Walnut Street overpasses.

Penn's Landing

Along the route, there will be plenty of entertainers performing. Then, at the Plaza, performers and some 160 vendors gather to present the Annual Philadelphia Gay Pride Festival, typically held from noon until 6 PM. Philly gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants and shops also hold special events and parties throughout Pride Week. Check local gay resources, such as Philly Gay CalendarPhiladelphia Gay News and Greater Philadelphia Tourism’s gay and lesbian site for more details.

Happy Pride!

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