PHILADELPHIA, PA — Philadelphia, the city of historic firsts, is all set to create history once again. Pride 365 by Galaei has announced America’s first-ever National Coming Out Parade, aptly named OURfest. The city will come alive with colors and celebration on the weekend of October 7, 2023.
OURfest, inspired by National Coming Out Day, aims to make history as the only parade in the country dedicated to this important day. The grand spectacle will feature a 200-foot rainbow flag, the largest in Pennsylvania, along with vibrant floats and displays, live entertainment, marching bands, cheerleaders, and participation from community organizations and business leaders.
The inaugural Grand Marshals for this historic parade include Giselle Fetterman, Robert Drake, Celena Morrison, Rue Landau, Jose Demarco, and Legendary. Their presence will add an extra layer of prestige to this landmark event.
The celebrations will kick off on Friday, October 6th, with the OURfest Welcome Party and Parade Preview at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, October 7th, the OURfest National Coming Out Parade will debut from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., commencing in Historic Philadelphia at 5th and Market and concluding at Broad and Arch.
The excitement continues on Sunday, October 8th, from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., as the OURfest National Coming Out Festival and Resource Fair take over the Gayborhood and Midtown Village. The festival will showcase hundreds of vendors, entertainers, artists, restaurants, food trucks, and community organizations.
“Gay Pride and National Coming Out are crucial opportunities for our communities to join together in celebration and reflection, to find family and togetherness, to have access to resources, and to share the love, art and joy that are hallmarks of our community,” said Galaei Executive Director and Community Organizer Tyrell Brown.
Individuals, groups, and businesses interested in joining the parade line-up or participating in the festival and resource fair can visit the event’s official website for more information.
After making history in June with the largest Gay Pride march and festival in Philadelphia history and the largest Gay Pride Flag in Pennsylvania history, Galaei is ready to do it all over again. So, mark your calendars and join us in Philadelphia this October to be a part of this historic event and celebrate the resilience of our community.
Individuals, groups and businesses still interested in joining the parade line-up – or for the festival and resource fair – can visit http://nationalcomingout.org/.