"Freedom to Be" was the theme for the eighth annual New Hope Celebrates Pride parade, which ambled, tooted and trotted down Ferry and So. Main Streets in the borough this past Saturday. The parade was filled with music from The Philadelphia Freedom Band and The Gay and Lesbian Big Apple Corps Marching Band, floats, flag-twirlers, Mummers, colorful entertainers, families and many friends of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered as well as allied community. It even included recognizing former Congressman Patrick Murphy for his efforts in repealing "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell". After the parade everyone went to Mechanic Street where the party went into full swing with local performers and some surprises. EDGE was there to capture all the festivities!
iCandy celebrated their 4th year with the unveiling of their remodeled dance floor, dubbed The Arena. Raja, winner of RuPaul's Drag Race season 3, and drag superstar Rhea Litre, both hosted and performed. There was also a Marco Marco fashion walk-off.
The NOH8 campaign, is a group used to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest. With over 500 people in attendance, including numerous families, friends, partners and organizations.
The Dinah descended on Palm Springs, marking its 25th anniversary. The annual festival is one of the biggest lesbian events in the world. Performers included Meghan Trainor, Christine Perri, Bebe Rexha, Holychild, Crystal Waters and Rose Royce.