Philadelphia Black Pride has its 20th Anniversary this year. Get ready for the time of your life.
I love traveling, especially for gay pride events. I’ve traveled to DC and other cities for gay pride. One of my enjoyable experiences has Philadelphia Black Pride. The food, the parties, and social events makes it one of the best social experiences I’ve had.
Philadelphia Black Pride Guide
- Food and Restaurants
- Parties and Entertainment
- Community Events
- Stay Safe
- Where to Stay
Why Should You Attend Philadelphia Black Pride?
Philly Black Pride (PBP) is the ultimate celebration for the gay African Amercan community. PBP attracts thousands of gay black men and their allies from all over the East Coast and continues to draw more people every year.
One aspect of Philly Black Pride is the ability to meet many other gay men. In many settings especially rural areas homosexuality is still frowned up. That makes it hard for gay men to be open with their sexuality and possibly meet other gay men. Even here in a big city like New York sometimes it can be a challenge meeting other gay men. New York City has a lot of cliques and social circles so it may be hard for an outsider to meet other gay men. At Philly Black Pride people for the most part are friendly and sociable. I’ve even met two friends who I stay in daily contact with.
Another great aspect of Philly Black Pride is the selection of gay men you will find. During Philly Black Pride you will find all types of men sprawled throughout the city; black, white, spanish, slim, thick, nerdy, and sophisticated. There is no need for Grindr or Jack’d that weekend. You will find what you want in sight.
The best part of Philly Black Pride is that it promotes self awareness. Growing up black and gay was a struggle for me. Sometimes, I felt being black was problematic due to the stereotypes I used to face coming from a poor neighborhood. Furthermore, I felt comfortable of expressing my sexuality due to fear of rejection from family and friends. A pride festival like PGB makes me proud of who I am. During one weekend at PGB I met other gay black men from other cities who had similar experiences growing up. Philly Black Pride has helped me to become more comfortable in sexuality and prideful of who I am.
What to Expect at Philly Black Pride
Besides the networking aspect Philly Black Pride proves good entertainment. Dozens of parties take place during the day and night at different venues in different parts of the city. Even though it’s a big pride festival the clubs and venues won’t charge inflated prices which is common during NY Pride and DC Pride. At many of these parties you will a slew of celebrities. Last year, I got a chance to meet Porsha from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”. There are also educational aspects of Philly Black Pride. This year author and speaker, Darnell Moore, will be making a presentation of the University of The Arts. He has sparked numerous candid, conversations in the black gay community around different topics including feminism, faith and sexuality within the African American community, and youth identity. At the event he will talk about issues affecting gay communities of color.
Food and Restaurants
I’m a foodie so I’m always on the hunt for a restaurant. I enjoy all types of ethnic cuisines but I especially love soul food. Here are my recommendations of affordable places to grab delicious food.
You want a taste of some good soul food? Go to Ms. Tootsies. Ms. Tootsies has a Sunday brunch that will satisfy your taste buds. Nothing beats chicken and waffles on a Sunday morning. The spot serves a variety of dishes but is best know for its soul food. Food and drinks are inexpensive(compared to alot of other brunch spots) so you won’t break your pocket. The atmosphere is warm and cozy so you’ll be relaxed there.
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If you’re not trying to break your pocket at a fancy restaurant go to Wawa. The store resembles 711. And the food is actually good. I’m not a fan of breakfast but I ate here and was pleased. There are plenty of foods available and there’s a machine that gives you full control of creating your own sandwich. The location is in downtown which is close to where many of the events are taking place during Philadelphia Black Pride.
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If you go to Philly you have to eat a philly cheesesteak. Don’t go to a fancy restaurant. Go to a local spot. The place is about a 15-20 minute drive from downtown. My friend recommended me to Max’s Steaks and I fell in love. The restaurant sells the best cheesesteaks I’ve ever had! The spot is a little far from downtown but the trip is worth it. The cheesesteaks are served in two different sizes but either size would fill you up. And the prices are decent I would literally travel to Philly just for Max’s philly cheesesteaks.
Parties and Entertainment
Below are some of the hottest events taking place during Philadelphia Black Pride. There are a variety of events geared towards the black gay community including a R&B happy hour, a nude paint and sip, day parties, and night parties Most of these parties have an admission price of about $20. At these parties you’ll hear a variety of music catered to the LGBT urban community including house, r&b, pop, dancehall, and rap. I’ve been to Philadelphia Black Pride a couple of times and enjoyed every single event I attended. Everyones like to have fun and are friendly.
Issa Vibe Weekend- R&B Happy Hours
Do you enjoy R&B? This Philadelphia Black Pride is definitely for you. You have the opportunity to listen and dance to smooth sensual music all night long. This event is organized by one of Philadephia’s top event producer, JayLatay. He knows how to throw a good event so you should definitely check this one out.
This is the reception party for Philadelphia Black Pride. Adult entertainer, TS Madison, will be hosting this event. This should be a great turnout given the popularity to TS Madison. The event will take place at the fancy Aloft Hotel.
Clymaxxx Boys & Bottles
As I mentioned earlier you will find all types of gay men during Philadelphia Black Pride. This event is definitely for the big boys. It will be a legendary Boxers, a gay sports. There’s no cover but the lines will be long so get there early.
Mikey Sharp’s Men Only Nude Sip n’ Paint
Have you ever been to a Sip N’ Paint? If you have or haven’t this is the event you should go to. This is one activity to network and party outside the club scene. The cost of the event is about $50 but it will be worth it. The nude model, Mikey Sharp, There are two time slots for the event and the location would only be disclosed after purchase of a ticket.
Spring and Fling: The Block Party
Every year Social Life Entertainment hosts their annual block party(the actual event is at a mansion. The event draws more than a thousand of people from different states. Probably one of the best black gay parties during Philly Pride. Expect good music and a drama free crowd. The best part of the event is that it’s open bar. And it’s free!!!!!!! What other pride festival has a free open bar event?
This is another event by Social Life Entertainment. Every year the “2000 Sexy Men Party” is hosted by a trending celebrity. What I love about their parties is that SLE heavily supports gay celebrities. Last year gay music artist, Bobby Lytes, performed at the SLE’s event. I also enjoy SLE parties because they are organized at quality venues. Last year the event took place at casino and thousands of attendees were present. Their music selection at their parties consists of rap, pop, and r&b. What’s distinguishable about their parties is that the crowd is very fashionable and trendy. General admission is about $20.
This is another fun event that I’ve attended in the past. The Phirm organizes a Saturday night party every year. This year their event will be a nightclub with four different djs. I went to the party last year and had a great time. Thousands of men travel from all over to attend the Phirm party. Admission is about $20 which is definitely worth the price. There’s also the option of an open bar which is about $40. If you love masculine men this is definitely a party you need to attend.
Yes, Social Life Entertainment does have one of the biggest stamps in the gay black community social scene. During Philadelphia Black Pride they end with a Sunday day party. As I mentioned earlier I enjoy their parties since they attract my type of crowd: fashionable and trendy. The venue is spacious and pretty nice looking.
Social Influencers Day Party
As the name suggests this day party is hosted by popular figures in the black gay community. One of the hosts, Antoine Anderson, is considered “The Diddy of DC” and so expect a large turnout at this event. The party will take place at UBar which has a bar and kitchen. Get ready to get your eat and drink on!
I absolutely love going to brunch so you know I had to include a brunch party. This brunch day party is being organized by two social influencers. This is my first time hearing about an event like this at Philly Pride so I’m eager to go. The cost of the brunch party is $40 which includes food and unlimited mimosas. This event is exclusive in that you need a password to purchase a ticket on Eventbrite.
For those who dislike the party scene you can still enjoy yourself at Philly Pride. There are educational sessions and workshops you can go to to enlighten you on important matters in the black gay community.
LGBTQIA+ Health Expo
This is a free event that all attendees should come to. This is an informational workshop so don’t expect a turn up. There will be numerous health services organizations at this event. This is the first health expo by event producer, Social Life Entertainment. Of all populations the gay black community has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS. The expo will shed light on this and educate people about safer sex and better ways to take care of ourselves. For more information check out Philly Pleasure Weekend.
This is a panel discussion you would enjoy. Social worker Darnell Moore, will be presenting at the event. Darnell is originally from NJ and currently resides in NYC. In his lifetime he has spoke on different subjects affecting the black gay community including same sex marriage, religion, and dating. The discussion will be moderated by influencer social worker, Joseph Williams. I’ve met Joseph before and can tell you he’s an amazing speaker. He knows to engage his crowds and is not afraid to talk about taboo subjects like racial division in the gay community and the HIV/Aids epidemic within the black gay community. The event is free so you don’t have to worry about spending money at this event.
How to Stay Safe
Philly Black Pride is a celebratory time for the lgbtq community. Downtown Philadelphia is safe but still dangerous situations can happen like anywhere else. If you attend Philly Pride you must take safety precautions to prevent other persons from trying to harm, hurt, or rob you, Here are a few tips to be mindful of.
- Drink to a minimum- It’s ok to have a few drinks but once you feel you are going pass your limit. Just stop. Excessive drinking impairs judgment and makes it more likely for you to make bad decisions.
- Stay hydrated. There will be alot of attendees at the pride events so places will be packed and hot. Drink lots of water throughout the day and night.
- Download Uber or Lyft. The city gets crowded during this time of year so your best bet is to travel by car or Uber. I drove to Philly for the last 2 pride events and parking was a hassle. To add to that I had to be mindful of my drinking because I was driving.
- Practice safe sex. The black gay community has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDs. Bring condoms and lube with you and wrap it up. Even if you are not sexually active take Prep before going out on a trip like this.
- Don’t travel alone. Even if you’re planning to meet with a friend at an event it’s best to travel with a companion in case you get lost and need help getting home.
- Avoid random hookups. A potential hookup could lead to a deadly situation. Be careful who you’re going home with. Yes, that guy might look cute at the club but you don’t know who he is.
- Be aware of your surroundings. You’ll meet lot of friendly people at the gay events. But you still can’t trust everybody. Don’t leave your drink unattended.
Where to stay
This guide Philadelphia Black Pride 2019 will ensure that you have a safe and fun time. If you’ve never been to Philly Black Pride or any black pride festivals Philly Black Pride will exceed your expectations. There are plenty of events to attend and places to eat. Thousands of gay men and their allies from different states to attend. I’ve built so many connections through the gay community through PBP. It’s a celebration to not be missed.