The Making of The NHC Rainbow Equality Flag

Celebrating history in the making – The Making of The NHC Rainbow Equality Flag – a stich in time!

“Follow the Rainbow Equality Flag to the River towns of New Hope &
Lambertville”

For the past decade, New Hope has had the pleasure of hosting a section of the world
famous Key West Rainbow Flag.  Designed
by Gilbert Baker, sponsored by ABSOLUT and commissioned by the The Florida Keys
& Key West Bureau of Tourism, the flag was a tribute to the creation of the
first pride flag on its 25th anniversary. Named Rainbow 25’s sea to
sea flag, it stretched 1.25 miles along Duval Street from the Atlantic Ocean to
the Gulf of Mexico.

The flag first came to New Hope in 2004 and has been
featured at the corner of Bridge and Main Streets to signify New Hope
Celebrates Pride Week.  The larger 100-foot
section of the flag joined the New Hope Celebrates Pride parade in 2005. Each
year the Flag has graced our festival offering a beacon of hope and delivering
a message of love, diversity and acceptance.

We would like to thank The Key West Business Guild and The
Key West Bureau of Tourism for the use of their historic flag over the past 10
years. It has been a great partnership and we thank you from the bottom of our
hearts.

Although the flag is unavailable for our use this year, fear
not as the winds of change have brought us a spectacular opportunity for us to carry
on this important tradition in a new way. We are truly excited to announce that
we have commissioned Humphry’s Flag Company (www.humphreysflag.com), in Philadelphia
to create our very own eight color, 15’ by 25’ Rainbow Flag. The new flag will
be unveiled from the top of the Starbucks building at our Rainbow Flag Day on at
noon Sunday May 15th and will be on display throughout our pride festival week.

In addition to this year’s new Rainbow Flag, we will be
purchasing an additional 100-foot parade flag that will arrive late 2016 – and
will be the featured star of our 2017 Pride Festival. The Flag will reside here
in New Hope and we are working on several touring opportunities throughout the
year both locally and nationally. The flag will be our ambassador of Love,
diversity and equality – calling out for basic human rights for all.

“New Hope Celebrates very own “Rainbow Equality Flag” is a
gift to the community of New Hope and represents all of its residents – past,
present and future.  We hope that this
flag which has been a symbol to the entire LGBT community world wide will serve
as a reminder of New Hope’s remarkable history of acceptance and inclusiveness.”
Said Gordon Pulaski, NHC’s Creative
& Marketing Director.

Recently featured as one of the four LGBT events
to enjoy this spring on HuffPost Queer Voices and Fagabond.com, the highlight
of the week is the Pride Parade and Fair on Sat. May 21. The parade will begin
in Lambertville, NJ at 11:30AM; crossing over the bridge into New Hope, Pa.
There will be floats and marching bands including the Big Apple Corps and the
DC Drummers. This is the only nationally recognized Pride Parade that crosses a
state line.  There will also be a Pride
Fair Saturday afternoon, offering goods, services and food.  On the outside stage will be performances by
the Josh Zuckerman Band, The Doylestown School of Rock, Christine Havrilla
& the Gypsy Fuzz, Christine Martucci and The Band of Love.

There will be a great
line-up of entertainment during the entire week. The Raven, New Hope, Pa., will
have dance parties with special DJs, piano sing-a-longs, an art exhibit
featuring The Queens of New Hope and a performance by CeCe Peniston in the
Rrazz Room. They will also host Sunday brunch on May 22 followed by the
poolside T-dance. Havana will sponsor the annual “Official Pride Women’s Party”
on Sunday, May 22.

For
more information about the NHC Pride Festival please visit New Hope Celebrates
at www.newhopecelebrates.com.

Rainbow Flag History:

The first design of the Rainbow Flag – By Gilbert Baker (www.gilbertbaker.com) , included eight
stripes, each a different color with its own symbolism. Pink represented sex,
red represented life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for
nature, blue for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for the human spirit. Pink
had to be dropped because at that time, it was not a commercially available
color. Indigo would later be removed so that the flag would have an even six
stripes.

The Rainbow Flag has become the international symbol of the
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movement and is arguably one of the most
recognizable symbols in the world. While Baker is proud of his creation, he is
humbled by its status as the flag of a worldwide movement.

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