New Hope Celebrates PrideFest theme is “Come as you are”
It’s an exciting year for the worlds LGBT community. And New Hope Celebrates starts early. It is one of the first Prides of the season. They kickoff the Annual PrideFest on Saturday, May 11, 2019. This year’s theme is “Come as you are” and will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall events in New York City in Greenwich Village and WorldPride in NYC, which takes place during the entire month of June.
The Pride Parade and Fair is May 18, but PrideFest runs from May 11-20, 2019
PrideFest will begin at noon on Saturday, May 11, 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, in New Hope, PA. It signals the opening of the annual PrideFest Celebration.
This year, do not miss the 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 is online. You may cast your vote via any mobile device at newhopecelebrates.com/cocktail. Contest dates are May 4-19, 2019.
The highlight of the Festival is the annual Parade and Pride Fair on Saturday, May 18. The parade begins in Lambertville, NJ at 11:30am. It will then cross 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. The highlight of the Parade is the eight color 100 foot long Rainbow Equality Parade Flag, sponsored by Landmark Hospitality — Logan Inn.
Pride Fair highlights
After the parade, join the Pride Fair which will be held on New Street in a portion of American Legion Parking lot. There will be vendors offering pride items, services and food. This area is a Smoke Free Zone with support from sponsor Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. There is live outdoor entertainment on the Pride Stage. A portion of the proceeds benefit the New Hope Eagle Fire Dept. Organizers thank the American Legion and the Borough of New Hope for their support. The Pride Fair gates open at noon with a suggested donation of $5.
Live entertainment will feature the Stephanie Chin Band, Josh Zuckerman, Christine Havrilla, School of Rock, Ruby Ru, NYC3 Band and Brother Eye. There will be a host of local Queens including 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 more.
The hub of the festival will be at The Raven, in New Hope, PA, with dance parties including special DJs and piano sing-a-longs. Don’t miss the Raven Pool Party on Sunday, May 19. Havana will host the annual Ladies 2000 Pride Party on Sunday, May 19. A full 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 newhopecelebrates.com.
Find out more about New Hope Celebrates in past years.