Black Gay Pride Festival
When: April 21-28
Where: Various locations in Philadelphia
More info: www.phillyblackpride.org
From parties and poetry slams to networking and dating events and more, Philadelphia’s Black Gay Pride Festival, now in its 14th year, is set to take place from Sunday, April 21 to Sunday, April 28.
The weeklong festival begins with the Mr. and Miss Philadelphia Black Gay Pride Pageant on April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Philadelphia Ethical Society. Watch some of Philadelphia’s finest strut their stuff down the runway in hopes of being crowned Mr. or Miss Philadelphia all while enjoying drinks and snacks from vendors. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
A handful of festival events encourage youth engagement, as well. On Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m., young people ages 13 to 29 are invited to learn, hang out and even get tested (those who are tested are entered to win a brand new tablet) at the Youth Round-Up event.
Fans of reality personality NeNe Leakes should take note, too. The star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta,Glee, The New Normal and The Apprentice is set to join in the fun with an appearance at Devotion nightclub (formerly Shampoo) on Saturday, April 27 at 10 p.m.
The full schedule of events is available here.
Bonus: Discounted hotel rooms are available for festival guests at the Double Tree Hotel.