The bustling, artsy Bucks County town of New Hope (along with its cross-the-Delaware-River neighbor, Lambertville, New Jersey) celebrate Gay Pride Week and Parade each year in mid-May - the upcoming dates are May 15 through May 22 in 2016. More than 15,000 locals and visitors from throughout the Philadelphia - New York City corridor are expected to visit during this fun-filled weekend packed with parties, a parade, and other gay goings-on.
Note that it's just a little less than an hour's drive to New Hope from downtown Philadelphia, and from Manhattan, you can make it to New Hope by car in about 90 minutes. Here are a few details related to New Hope Gay Pride in 2016:
New Hope Gay Pride comprises a number of fun events, including an Opening Day Rainbow Flag Unfurling, Pride Big Wig Bingo, an interfaith service at St. Philip's Church, New Hope Pride River Cruise on Friday (May 20), Kevin Meaney and Julie Scott performing at the Bucks County Playhouse (also on Friday), and more. Check out the full schedule of events throughout Pride Week in Bucks County, and keep in mind that some of the inviting bars and restaurants a short drive or walk across the river in New Jersey also have a big LGBT following, especially during Pride Week.
There is always a ton going on at the iconic Raven gay resort throughout the week - this year Joe Posa performs as Joan Rivers on Friday night, followed by a TGIF Dance Party and Drag Show as well as festivities across the street in the Cub Room at the Raven's sister property, the retro-charming (and affordable New Hope Lodge. Then on Saturday night, pop diva Ce Ce Peniston performs at the Raven during a special Pride Dance Party, and on Sunday there's a Pride T-Dance at the Raven.
On the big weekend of Pride, other major happenings include the New Hope Pride Parade on Saturday morning, taking place at 11:30 and passing from Lambertville across the Delaware River into New Hope and along Main Street through the center of town, and the Annual New Hope Pride Fair, held at historic Bucks County Playhouse after the parade on Saturday, from noon until around 5:30 pm. Featured are numerous vendors, LGBT organizations, artisans, and others, as well as several performers.
In addition to the Pride T-Dance held Sunday from 4 until 10 pm at the Raven, there's also the Ladies 2000 Official Women's Party on Sunday, from 3 until 9 pm, held at the always welcoming restaurant and bar, Havana.
New Hope Gay Resources
Note that the area's several bars as well as scene-y restaurants, hotels, and other businesses have special events and parties throughout Pride Week. Check local gay papers, such as The Philadelphia Gay News, for more on the local LGBT scene. Also check out the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, which has its own GLBT Travel landing page, for more information on the area.
If you're headed to Philly as part of your New Hope adventures, be sure to check out our Philadelphia Gay Guide, which lists all sorts of things to see and do in this dynamic LGBT-friendly destination.