New Hope and Lambertville to celebrate 15th Anniversary of local Gay Pride

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New Hope Celebrates Parade in 2014
New Hope Celebrates Parade in 2014
New Hope Celebrates (NHC) has kicked-off the 15th Annual Pride Week and PrideFest

This week started with the inaugural Pride 5K Run and 1 Mile Health Walk, hosted by NHC and the Delaware River Towns Chamber and Visitors Bureau.

A diverse lineup of entertainment and events is scheduled for the entire week. At the Raven resort bar there are dance parties with special DJs, and piano sing-a-longs. Sunday brunch on May 20, and the Annual Pool Party closing event is a big day at the Raven. Meanwhile, downtown at Havana they will sponsor the Ladies 2018 Pride Party with DJ Steven Singer on Sunday, May 20. In addition, there will be a Service for Justice at St. Philips Church and a gay-themed trivia event at Triumph Brewery.

Lambertville and Hew Hope Gay Pride parade details
Matt Hanson, Vice President, and Dan Brooks, Founder went to pick up the new Rainbow Equality Flag for 2017
New Hope Celebrates members: Armando Martinez, Board Member Matt Hanson, Vice President, and Dan Brooks, Founder went to pick up the new Rainbow Equality Flag for 2017

The annual Gay Pride Parade and Pride Fair is Saturday, May 19. The parade begins in Lambertville, NJ at 11:30 am, stepping off at City Hall. The parade turns down Bridge Street and then crosses the bridge into New Hope, PA where it turns left on Main Street.

Landmark Hospitality’s, Logan Inn, will present New Hope’s one-hundred foot long Rainbow Equality Parade Flag. It is always the highlight of the Parade. NHC spokeswoman, Jennifer Wohl, said the parade crowd has grown from about 1,000 people the first year, to almost 15,000 in 2017. With the number of parade participants now at almost 500.

Join the party along the streets of town. The parade includes motorcycles, scooters, floats, decorated vehicles, marching bands and New York’s Big Apple Corps, Philadelphia Freedom Band and DC Drummers. Local businesses, several church groups, local nonprofit organizations and many more marchers fill the streets with LGBT Pride. This is the only Pride Parade that crosses state lines to include both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Pride Fair will be held in the Logan Inn parking area
New Hope Celebrates Parade crosses the bridge from Lambertville NJ on May 17 2014
New Hope Celebrates Parade crosses the bridge from Lambertville NJ on May 17 2014

After the parade Pride Fair will be held in the Logan Inn parking lot. It features vendors offering arts and crafts, Pride goods and many local services. The Logan Inn will offer food and adult beverages. There is a smoke free zone courtesy of our Partner, The Bradbury – Sullivan Center.

All are welcome. The Pride Fair opens at noon with a suggested donation of $5. Kids under 16 are free. There will be dancing in the stage area with live entertainment all afternoon.

Entertainers include Chris Weaver as “Nedra Belle” as seen on The Voice.  This was the first time a drag performer was on mainstream TV! Also, appearing: Christine Martucci, Josh Zuckerman, Leonardo Martinez and Stephanie’s Child. Plus there are a host of local Diva Queens that will keep things moving, including: Paige Turner, Ginger Alley (Miss NHC 2018), Cyannie Lopez (Miss NHC 2017), Miss Victoria Lace, Miss Pumpkin, Carl Max, and Miss Martini Madness.

New Hope Celebrates banner adThe 4th annual Best Cocktail Contest sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Templeton Rye will take place. Local bars and restaurants will feature specialty drinks through May 20, 2018. You may sample these creative libations and vote for your favorite. A complete list of participating establishments can be found online at bestcocktailcontest.com. You can vote via any mobile device.

For more information visit newhopecelebrates.com.