Numerous performers from the worlds of music and comedy were announced this week as the 2019 Philly Pride festival headliners.
The theme for this year’s festival is the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Philly Pride Executive Director, Franny Price, said that she wanted to put together an extra special lineup of talent to mark the anniversary.
“Instead of having one major headliner, I figured we would have headliners,” she said. “Because it’s Stonewall 50, we’re giving people more — no one will wait for one major headliner to come on. This time the crowd will have seven headliners.”
Comedians Fortune Feimster and Ian Harvie will bring humor to the Pride stage. Feimster is an out comedian and actress known for her regular appearance of “Chelsea Lately” and “The Mindy Project.”Harvie is a trans actor and comedian seen on the TV series “Transparent.”
“We’ve never hosted a trans man performer before,” Price said about this year’s line-up. “But every year I go out of my way to make sure the entertainment is diverse and inclusive.”
Musical performers this year include out singer and Broadway star Frenchie Davis, former En Vogue singer Dawn Robinson, Donna Summer tribute artist Rainere Martin, Cher impersonator Steven Andrade, “The Four” finalist Vincint, “America’s Got Talent” finalist Brian Justin Crum and “American Idol” finalist David Hernadez.
Kemar Jewel & Xcel Dance Crew are also slated to perform and The Royal Mix will be on hand to sing “I Am What I Am.” Henri David will once again be Master of Ceremonies and DJ June Rodriguez will DJ this year’s event. Karen Vonsay was named Miss Philly Pride 2019 and Hannibal Lickher was named Mr. Philly Pride 2019.
The Philly Pride Parade and Festival takes place June 9. For more information, visit www.phillygaypride.org.