NEW HOPE PRIDE
The artsy village of New Hope buzzes with creative energy, independent spirit and a sophisticated vibe.
Every year, this LGBT-friendly town throws a week-long party in May called New Hope Celebrates Pride that draws more than 13,000 visitors and features live musical performances, dance parties, comedians, picnics, art exhibits and a grand parade down historic Main Street.
The event is sponsored by New Hope Celebrates, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting New Hope and celebrating diversity.
The annual parade from Lambertville to New Hope is the largest and longest of its type in the county and most certainly the most diverse and colorful. More than 500 people participate, including a wide range of local organizations, both straight and gay, as well as local dignitaries, churches, police, firefighters, colorful bands, floats and specialty troupes.
The signature event also includes a traditional Rainbow Flagdrop, the keystone of the week, with a mile-long flag, on loan from sister-city Key West. Some stores fly their own mini-versions to show support.
Then, the New Hope Celebrates culminates with a block party at the Bucks County Playhouse along the Delaware River highlighting vendors and musicians. The event helps encourages visitors to enjoy a weekend getaway in New Hope by offering shopping, entertainment, outdoor fun, restaurants and great places to stay.
New Hope's history is deeply rooted in the LGBT community after becoming a popular hangout for performers, musicians and actors in the 1940's. The vibrant town is a melting pot of diverse artists, quirky shops and a robust theater scene.
Home to many LGBT-friendly businesses like The Raven, the community is also perfect for groups. The Raven offers a popular nightlife spot with fine food, drinks and entertainment, as well as an outdoor pool and cabana in the summer and overnight rooms on site and at its sister property, the New Hope Lodge.
New Hope Celebrates focuses on celebrating the town’s rich history, diversity and progress by bringing people together.