Philly Pride photos: 31 moments of proud celebration from the 2019 rainbow parade

Even Gritty showed up to twirl a colorful flag.

Proud celebrations were on display at the 31st annual Philly Pride Parade

Proud celebrations were on display at the 31st annual Philly Pride Parade

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Updated Jun. 13

A rainbow of proud performers and partiers flooded the streets of Philadelphia on Sunday as the largest-ever Philly Pride Parade and Festival made its way from the Gayborhood to Penn’s Landing.

Now in its 31st year, the celebration was themed “Stonewall 50,” in remembrance of the groundbreaking 1969 Stonewall Riots that spurred changes in LGBTQ acceptance. A special on the 50th anniversary will air June 30 on 6ABC, followed by a recap of Philly’s 2019 parade, marking the first time the event has been televised.

A half-century ago, Philadelphia was at the forefront of the gay rights movement — organizers began hosting “Annual Reminders” outside Independence Mall four years before Stonewall — and the city remains on the front lines today.

Sunday’s parade brought out officials from around the region, including Pa. Governor Tom Wolf, Philly Mayor Jim Kenney and Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon, plus state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (the first openly gay person of color elected to the Pa. Legislature) and former Gov. Ed Rendell, who were both grand marshals this year.

In contrast to the negative role it played at Stonewall 50 years ago, law enforcement had a large, supportive presence on Sunday. Philly Police spent weeks decorating a special “LGBTQ1” rainbow cop car, and there was a special memorial contingent for Sheriff Deputy Dante Austin, the department’s LGBTQ liason who died of apparent suicide just two days prior.

Also in attendance on Sunday was everyone’s favorite mascot: the one and only Gritty.

Actor Jason Segel, who’s in town filming an AMC anthology series, showed his pride while making sports fans happy by bringing a Sixers cap to the festivities.

There were multiple wedding proposals throughout the event. As the parade passed Independence Mall, there was an engagement that got an additional surprise: An offer from the mayor to perform the marriage ceremony.

Scroll down for more colorful photos of the love, support, dancing and fun at Philly’s 2019 celebration of pride.

The Avalon String Band showed up in rainbow finery

The Avalon String Band showed up in rainbow finery

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A bus carried supporters from SugarHouse Casino

A bus carried supporters from SugarHouse Casino

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View of a Pride float

View of a Pride float

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Jamie Goldman tosses a flag with the Flaggots color guard

Jamie Goldman tosses a flag with the Flaggots color guard

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Lili St. Queer, who says the world 'has become more accepting'

Lili St. Queer, who says the world 'has become more accepting'

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It was the tenth Pride Parade for Lili St. Queer. Over the past decade, Lili started doing drag, saying, “I’m more comfortable with who I am and putting that out there, and the world has become more accepting.”

Quarn Quap, 4, celebrates Philly Pride

Quarn Quap, 4, celebrates Philly Pride

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Pride partiers at the parade start at 13th and Locust

Pride partiers at the parade start at 13th and Locust

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The parade took ove Market Street in Old City

The parade took ove Market Street in Old City

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Skye Rose played guitar to help drown out an anti-gay protest at Penn's Landing

Skye Rose played guitar to help drown out an anti-gay protest at Penn's Landing

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The Locust Street crowd was full of cheers

The Locust Street crowd was full of cheers

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High kicks are even higher when you're on a float

High kicks are even higher when you're on a float

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Rainbow Harleys were definitely a thing

Rainbow Harleys were definitely a thing

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Robin Lung, with Free Mom Hugs, offered friendly embraces

Robin Lung, with Free Mom Hugs, offered friendly embraces

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Lorraine Costello and Laura Aceto, a couple of 29 years, had their spectator game on point

Lorraine Costello and Laura Aceto, a couple of 29 years, had their spectator game on point

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The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus danced in the parade

The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus danced in the parade

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Maria Gooch and Jeremiah Rosado, high schoolers, enjoyed the feeling of acceptance at the parade

Maria Gooch and Jeremiah Rosado, high schoolers, enjoyed the feeling of acceptance at the parade

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Maria Gooch, who is bi, came to the parade with her boyfriend Jeremiah Rosado. She said being queer in her high school in Bethlehem, Pa., can be difficult and that being Latinx presents cultural challenges. PrideDay gave her an opportunity to experience something different, she said: “I feel accepted. I feel like I belong somewhere.”

PPD's official LGBTQ1 vehicle made a splash at Pride

PPD's official LGBTQ1 vehicle made a splash at Pride

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Kenzy Mayze, of Middletown, De., covered herself with a flag — and not much else

Kenzy M., of Middletown, De., covered herself with a flag — and not much else

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Spectator Orlando Perez cheering as the parade goes by

Spectator Orlando Perez cheering as the parade goes by

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Brian Downey, president of the Gay Offices Action League New York and Officer Jo Mason

Brian Downey, president of the Gay Offices Action League New York and Officer Jo Mason

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Brian Downey, president of the Gay Offices Action League New York, came to Philadelphia in solidarity following the death of Dante Austin, the Philly Sheriff Department’s LGBTQ liason. “Dante was a giant, and well known,” Downey said. “There will never be another Dante.”

Rowhomes along the parade route offered great viewing angles

Rowhomes along the parade route offered great viewing angles

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Spectators lined the streets

Spectators lined the streets

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Henri David, master of ceremonies for the Festival at Penn's Landing

Henri David, master of ceremonies for the Festival at Penn's Landing

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The Royal Mix performed on stage

The Royal Mix performed on stage

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Gov. Tom Wolf spoke at Penn's Landing

Gov. Tom Wolf spoke at Penn's Landing

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Mayor Jim Kenney, waiting his turn on stage at Penn's Landing

Mayor Jim Kenney, waiting his turn on stage at Penn's Landing

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Former Evva Chambers handed a flower to former Gov. Ed Rendell, who was a Grand Marshall of parade

Evva Chambers handed a flower to former Gov. Ed Rendell, who was a Grand Marshall of parade

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Randy Wicker, the first organizer of a gay rights event in the US, between pioneers John James and Paul Kutzler

Randy Wicker, the first organizer of a gay rights event in the US, between pioneers John James and Paul Kutzler

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Vincint performed at the Penn's Landing festival

VinChelle was one of the star performers at the Penn's Landing festival

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