Celebrate Pride and Community Spirit at QUEERAPALOOZA 2024


PHILADELPHIA, PA — Get ready to paint the town rainbow! Philly AIDS Thrift has announced the return of QUEERAPALOOZA, the much-anticipated street festival that celebrates the rich legacy of Giovanni’s Room. Mark your calendars for an all-day extravaganza on Saturday, June 8, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm on the vibrant 1100 block of Pine Street, right in the pulsing heart of Center City Philadelphia.

QUEERAPALOOZA promises a day filled with joy, music, and unity, featuring an electric lineup of local queer bands, musicians, DJs, and drag performers. Prepare to be dazzled by the talents of icons like Emcee Robert Drake, Marcus G., Tony and The Kiki, and many more. Dance in the streets, revel in the performances, and immerse yourself in the positive vibes of this inclusive celebration.

But that’s not all—attendees will also have the opportunity to explore stalls from a diverse array of queer and supportive vendors showcasing artwork, crafts, vintage treasures, and mouth-watering eats and drinks from local businesses. Plus, don’t miss the curated selection of books and merchandise from Giovanni’s Room, promising finds that celebrate LGBTQ+ culture and history. This all-ages event is open to the public with no cost to attend, making it the perfect opportunity for everyone to join in the fun.

Giovanni’s Room has been a beacon of hope and acceptance since 1973, offering a safe haven for LGBTQ+ individuals and their loved ones. In recent years, it has redoubled its commitment to welcoming trans youth, standing as a strong ally amidst challenges. Today, as Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room, it continues to thrive thanks to community support, housing an amazing assortment of books and collectibles at 345 S 12th Street, and online at QueerBooks.com.

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Christina Kallas-Saritsoglou, Executive Director of Philly AIDS Thrift, shared her excitement, “We are overjoyed to host QUEERAPALOOZA for the second year, celebrating the enduring spirit of Giovanni’s Room and our vibrant LGBTQ+ community. It’s more than just a festival; it’s a declaration of love, support, and pride. We invite everyone to join us for what promises to be an unforgettable day!”

Come out and show your support, enjoy the festivities, and make lasting memories. QUEERAPALOOZA is not just an event; it’s a testament to the power of community and the enduring spirit of love and acceptance. See you there, where the fourth promises fun, unity, and an unforgettable celebration of LGBTQ+ pride and history.

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