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Hear us roar: Parade shines with pride in New Hope-Lambertville

Along the parade route, thousands waved rainbow flags and cheered as confetti filled the air.

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NEW HOPE, Pa. – The riverfront communities of Lambertville and New Hope rejoiced with pride Saturday as New Hope Celebrates pulled out all the stops for this year's Pride Parade.

Along the parade route, which began in New Jersey and ended in Pennsylvania, thousands of parade watchers and parade participants waved rainbow flags and cheered as confetti filled the air.

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The energy and enthusiasm was unmatched as young people carried a giant 100-by-100-foot rainbow equality flag through the streets of Lambertville and over the bridge into New Hope, filling the streets with a variety of colors.

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New York's Queer Big Apple Corps Marching Band. (Photo by Jeff Werner)

(Photos by Jeff Werner)

Cheerleaders formed human pyramids on Bridge Street, drawing applause from hundreds of spectators on the sidewalks. And a giant duck “waddled” across the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge, causing quite a scene.

Local politicians joined the march, including State Senator Steve Santarsiero, State Representative Tim Brennan, State Representative Brian Munroe and Bucks County Commissioner Bob Harvie, as well as members of the New Hope Borough Council, Lambertville City Council and Solebury Township.

New York's Queer Big Apple Corps Marching Band and D.C.'s Different Drummers from the nation's capital had everyone dancing and waving their flags in the streets.

Hair Couture at 52 North Union in Lambertville encouraged everyone to “Follow Your Yellow Brick Road.” Another car simply said, “Be you.”

Balloons with Flair filled the streets with balloon creations, while other floats and marching groups represented the ACME Screening Room in Lambertville, Atelier Shop in Lambertville, Cub Room, Lilly, Merck, Capital Health, Lambertville Human Rights Commission and others.

The parade was part of this year's PrideFest, whose theme “Hear Us Roar” emphasizes the need to amplify LGBTQ+ voices and highlight queer art. The event saw the official introduction of the new Miss NHC, Queen Diva Divine Monroe, and Mr. NHC, Sir Harold Angels.

Also taking part in the parade were New Hope Arts, PFLAG Bucks County, Music Mountain Theater, the Free Library of New Hope-Solebury, Bucks County Democrats, Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church, Unitarian Unversalist Church of Washington Crossing, United Christian Church of Levittown and Impact include Signs, WPST, the Human Rights Campaign, St. Paul's Episcopal Church and many other groups, organizations and companies.

The Cub Room float. (Photos by Jeff Werner)

Cheers Philadelphia.

The Lambertville Human Rights Commission.

(Photos by Jeff Werner)

Kevin Edwards, New Hope Borough's new police chief, consults with a member of the fire department and a member of the MIRT team before the parade begins. (Photo by Jeff Werner)

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