Pride Parade & Fair May 18th. PrideFest runs from May 11th – 20th.
It’s a very exciting year for the worldwide LGBTQ+ community and we are excited to be one of the first Pride of the season. New Hope Celebrates will kick off the Annual PrideFest on Saturday, May 11th. This year’s theme is “Come as you are” and we will also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City in Greenwich Village and WorldPride in NYC, which takes place during the month of June.
We kick off the PrideFest at noon on Saturday, May 11th with the unfurling of NHC’s 25 foot, eight color Equality Flag. This takes place atop the Delaware House building, which currently houses the Starbucks on Bridge St, New Hope, PA, signaling the opening of our annual PrideFest Celebration.
Our local and national partners will host satellite events townwide. Back by popular demand is our famous BEST Cocktail Contest sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Templeton Rye. Local bars and restaurants will feature specialty drinks and locals and visitors can sample these creative libations and vote for their favorite. A complete list of participating establishments can be found online so Get OUT and VOTE and cast your vote via any mobile device at newhopecelebrates.com/cocktail. Contest Dates: Saturday, May 4th – Sunday, May 19th.
The highlight of the Festival is the annual Parade and Pride Fair on Saturday, May 18th. The parade will begin in Lambertville, NJ at 11:30 AM, crossing over the bridge into New Hope, PA. There will be floats and marching bands including the Big Apple Corps and the DC Drummers. This is the only nationally recognized Pride Parade that crosses state lines to include both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
After the parade, join us at “PRIDE PARK” for Pridefest LIVE which will be held on New Street in a portion of the American Legion Parking lot, featuring many exciting vendors offering pride items, services, and food. We have also made this area a Smoke Free Zone with support from our sponsor Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.
Pridefest LIVE will offer outdoor entertainment on our covered stage. A portion of the proceeds benefits the New Hope Eagle Fire Dept. Special thanks to the American Legion and the Borough of New Hope for their continued support. All are welcome to attend! The Fair gates open at noon with a suggested donation of $5. The fair lot is a designated smoke-free area.
There will be a host of local Queens: newly crowned Sapphira Cristal (Miss NHC 2019), Ginger Alley (Miss NHC 2018), Cyannie Lopez (Miss NHC 2017), Miss Victoria Lace, Miss Pumpkin, Carl Max, Miss Martini Madness, Mimi Monroe, Drag King Bryc and many many more!
Clarion Inn & Suites will host NHC’s Saturday Night Pride dance & Sunday Funday T-Dance & Pool Party. Havana will once again host the annual Ladies 2000 Pride Party on Sunday, May 19th.
A schedule of events will be available the week before the event. For more information on becoming a parade participant, vendor, or sponsor, visit New Hope Celebrates online at www.newhopecelebrates.com.
New Hope Celebrates (NHC) is a nonprofit organization focused on highlighting the history and cultural nuances of New Hope, PA while stimulating the retail, hospitality, and professional community. NHC is comprised of a Board that drives activities and events that serve the diverse LGBT populace through the creation and promotion of marketing opportunities, educational activities, and cultural events. One such event is the annual, week-long PRIDE celebration held in May. Since 2003, NHC has organized events that recognize the strong LGBT presence in New Hope and celebrated the history and culture of our scenic river town. Funding generated through New Hope Celebrates events is channeled back into our community to support our neighbors in collaborative business and cultural initiatives that make New Hope a great place for residents and visitors alike.