Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is proud to host 2021 Lehigh Valley Pride, presented by Gilead Sciences, Inc., which will be held in person, outdoors. Lehigh Valley Pride is a celebration of art, culture, and community! This year's theme is "You Are Included."
WHEN: Sunday, August 15 (noon to 6 p.m.)
WHERE: Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley (702 N. 22nd St., Allentown, PA 18104) with entry on Washington Street between 22nd and 23rd streets.
COST: $10 (all tickets sold at the door), free for youth up to age 13. Individuals ages 14 to 21 can get a free ticket in advance through our youth program Project Silk Lehigh Valley.
ENTERTAINMENT: A full day of drag and music on stage featuring drag superstars Kylie Sonique Love and Ariel Versace and singer-songwriters Carsie Blanton, Crys Matthews and Regina Sayles. Plus, don't miss the festival kickoff with the Philadelphia Freedom Marching Band! The stage will be be hosted by local drag artists Carol Ann Carol Ann and Sharon Ann Husbands! This year's local drag entertainers are: Apollo King, Georgia Versace Couture, Jade DeVere, Kendryaliz D'quest, Rogue Star Givenchy. Sabastian Taylor, Sakura Bee Love, Sapphire D'Dior (please note: Erin McKeown was scheduled to perform but needed to cancel her performance. She is replaced on stage by Carsie Blanton)
|Tito's Handmade Vodka Stage||Diakon Kids Space||Project Silk Teen Space|
|12:00 PM||Crafts with Kristen||Meet the Project Silk Staff|
|12:30 PM||Opening Ceremony||Crafts with Kristen|
|1:00 PM||Philadelphia Freedom Marching Band||Drag Queen Story Time (until 1:30 PM)||Mural Painting (until 6 PM)|
|2:00 PM||Regina Sayles||Keith Haring Art Project with Allentown Art Museum|
|3:00 PM||Crys Matthews||Learn to Tie-Dye|
|4:00 PM||Carsie Blanton||Silent Disco|
|4:30 PM||Crafts with Kristen||Silent Disco|
|5:00 PM||Kylie Sonique Love and Ariel Versace||Crafts with Kristen|
ARTIST PROMENADE: Celebrate LGBTQ+ artists and crafters by visiting our artist promenade. New this year: a festival mural by Rae Senarighi. Limited edition signed/numbered prints of the festival mural will also be for sale at Pride Central!
VENDORS: More than 125 artists, non-profits, and retailers including LGBTQ+ affirming churches and synagogues, civil rights and social justice organizations, LGBTQ+ supportive social service agencies, and more!
YOUTH PROGRAMS: Lehigh Valley Pride also includes a full day of programs for youth! Diakon Kids Space will feature craft making and Drag Queen Story Time for youth up to age 13. Project Silk Teen Space will include mural making, silent disco, and more for youth ages 14 to 21.
GRAND MARSHALS: This year's grand marshals are
- U.S. Congresswoman Susan Wild, Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District
- Justan Parker Fields, founder of Black Lives Matter Lehigh Valley
FOOD AND DRINKS: The Pride Pub features local beer from Fegley's Brew Works, local mead and cider from The Colony Meadery, hard seltzer from Truly, and a vodka drink from Tito's Handmade Vodka. Alkaline water from Essentia is also available from the Pride Pub! The Allentown Farmer's Market food court features a diverse variety of food options for all to enjoy! Cash and credit cards are accepted at the Pride Pub. Most food vendors accept both cash and credit cards. ATMs will be available on site.
HEALTH SERVICES AT PRIDE: Free health services at Lehigh Valley Pride include COVID-19 vaccinations offered by Latino Connection, HIV testing offered by Lehigh Valley Health Network, syphilis testing offered by Allentown Health Bureau, as well as general health screenings offered by Aetna.
ACCESSIBILITY: Live ASL interpretation at the pre-pride faith service and on the festival stage all day; reserved seating at the stage for older adults and people with disabilities; ADA restrooms; large-print programs. Lehigh Valley Pride also includes the MARS Sober Social Space, an area with games and activities for attendees of all ages, where alcohol will not be present.
PARKING: Limited reserved ADA-accessible parking is available on Washington Street between 22nd and 23rd streets on a first-come, first-served basis. General parking is available for free on the streets surrounding the venue.
COVID-19 SAFETY: The entire event is outdoors. All attendees will receive a free pocket-sized bottle of hand sanitizer upon entry. Additional hand sanitizing stations will be present at high-touch areas. Masks will be required for the indoor pre-pride interfaith service. While masks will not be required for the outdoor festival we are strongly encouraging attendees to care for each other by wearing a mask. Masks will be provided free of charge upon entry for those requesting one. Masks will be worn by event staff at the entrance and pride pub. We are in frequent communication with the Allentown Health Bureau and are closely monitoring the pandemic (last updated August 10).
Lehigh Valley Pride is a smoke-free event.
Support Pride by donating today!
Text PRIDE21 to 44-321
A portion of drink proceeds will benefit Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. An $8 cover is required for entry.
The day will start with an interfaith service at 10:30 a.m. at the JCC, hosted by Bethlehem Interfaith Group and featuring a guest sermon from Rev. Brandan Robertson, author of eight theology books on LGBTQ inclusion. The service will include ASL interpretation. A book signing of Rev. Robertson's latest book, The Gospel of Inclusion, will follow the service. Masks will be required for this indoor event, adhering to guidance from the Allentown Health Bureau. Masks will be provided free of charge for those who do not have one.
The day will end with the official 2021 Lehigh Valley Pride After Party, starting at 6 p.m. at Blended by Brü Daddy's. Join us at the Allentown Arts Walk Pocket Park from 7 to 9 p.m. for a drag show, featuring Ariel Versace of RuPaul's Drag Race. Part of the drink proceeds will benefit Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.
Renaissance Allentown is offering a special Pride Overnight Package that includes a discounted room rate ($209/night), two tickets to Pride, and a $20 non-alcohol voucher to The Hamilton Kitchen & Bar. The hotel is across the street from Blended by Brü Daddy's in downtown Allentown!
BOOK NOW: bit.ly/overnightLVP
Thank you to our 2021 Lehigh Valley Pride Sponsors:
To learn about sponsor opportunities, click here or email Matt Easterwood, Director of Development, at [email protected]