Lehigh Valley Pride
In its 28th year, Lehigh Valley Pride, put on by the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, takes place from noon to 6 p.m. on August 15 on the grounds of the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley. The event features live entertainment as well as an interfaith service. Pride is an exciting event that highlights LGBTQ arts & culture, connects the community to local resources, and provides programming for the community to celebrate diversity.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door and will be limited to contain crowd size.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “You Are Included" #YouAreIncluded, which is what the festival has always been about — inclusion, equity, and celebrating culture with community and allies.
The interfaith service, hosted by the Bethlehem Interfaith Group, begins at 10:30 a.m., before the actual festivities kick off. It’ll feature a guest sermon from the Rev. Brandan Robertson, author of eight theology books on LGBTQ+ inclusion.
The entertainment for this year’s Pride will be on one stage, instead of the usual two. Headlining Pride this year are drag stars from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” — Kylie Sonique Love from Season 2 of the competition show and Ariel Versace from Season 11. Also headlining the festival:
- Erin McKeown, multi-genre singer-songwriter
- Crys Matthews, folk singer-songwriter
- Regina Sayles, singer-songwriter from East Stroudsburg, Pa.
The festival will have accessibility features including ASL interpretation on stage, ADA restrooms, and reserved seating for older adults and people with disabilities.
History of the Pride Festival
Lehigh Valley's Pride Festival acknowledges the achievements and progress made in and by the local queer community and beyond. It has been a vibrant community event since 1993. In 2017, Pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley merged with Bradbury-Sullivan LGBTQ Community Center.
The exciting community event provides a spotlight on LGBT arts and culture, connects thousands of community members to local resources, provides full-day programming for LGBT youth and teens, and celebrates the diversity in our community. Lehigh Valley Pride has grown to include over 5,000 attendees. Allentown is located 50 miles north of Philadelphia and 70 miles east of New York City. The Lehigh Valley is home to a population of approximately of 800,000 people.
The event includes vendors, merchants, artisans, business services and community groups, games and live entertainment.