One of America's most politically progressive and gay-friendly cities, Philadelphia hosts Philly LGBT Pride Parade and Festival takes place in mid-June - the date is Sunday, June 9, 2013. The same organization also produces OutFest each October, the world's largest National Coming Out Day event, held early in October.
Here's a look at last year's event - details on 2013 Philly Pride will be posted here as they become available. In case you're having any trouble finding your way, note that the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, over the Delaware River, will be strung in rainbow lights throughout Pride Weekend:
On Sunday, the Philadelphia Gay Pride Parade commences at noon, departing from the intersection of 13th and Locust Sts., right in the city's celebrated "gayborhood", and zigzagging its way in an easterly direction to the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. There are several different locations along the route where there will be entertainers performing. Then, at the Plaza, performers and vendors gather present the Annual Philadelphia Gay Pride Festival, held from noon until 6 pm, and featuring dozens of notable performers. Highlights this year include headlining talk show host extraordinaire Wendy Williams, and many others, including the band Betty, musician Sabrina Johnston, singer Jonathan Hernandez, Diva's in a Man's World, and more. Here's a full look at this year's events.
Additionally, numerous gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Week. Check local gay papers, such as Philadelphia Gay News, as well as Greater Philadelphia Tourism's gay and lesbian site for details.