THE RESULTS ARE IN: 88% of Philadelphians Say Philly Pride Needs a Makeover

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Earlier this week, we shared community feedback on our recent Philly Pride coverage, including a response from Pride organizer Franny Price.  We also surveyed our readers about their opinion of Philly Pride, asking if they think it needs an update. We had 413 people answer the poll, and, well, the results pretty much speak for themselves:

  • 88% said Pride definitely needs an adrenaline boost.
  • 4% said Pride is fine as is.
  • 8% don’t care.

We also received many interesting responses from readers about Franny Price’s feedback, which, as you’ll see here, took more of a defensive, finger-pointing approach than one that was eager to listen to what the community is saying. Below, some of the most on-point comments from readers

“Wow…[the] reply by Franny Price is one of the most arrogant, ignorant comments I’ve ever seen. If you’re putting on an event, the attendees are your CUSTOMERS, and that is an absolutely DISGRACEFUL way to reply to your CUSTOMERS. Maybe there needs to be a boycott, not just ‘I won’t go [to Pride]’ but an active campaign of Philly Pride and Outfest and anything else they’re involved with.”—Joe

“The response from Franny Price should simply be “We are looking into the comments to see how we can make Philly Pride 2015 even better!” No one is attacking the hard work done by the committee; people just want to see something equal to, or better than, what other smaller cities have. Why is it I can’t even look up the attendance to Philly pride? Perhaps I’m not looking in the right places. I would think it’d be right on the Philly Pride Website. […] Where is the openness, and transparency showing that other options have been sought out?“—K Philly

“Gee, the organizer does not endear herself at all to those with a view opposite to hers. Whenever you service the public it’s important to at least acknowledge those who object to your way of doing things. The article I read on G Philly was nowhere near a slam of Philly’s pride event. If you begin to hear murmuring of people wanting change, it’s time to brainstorm on what you can do differently – not shut those people down.”—Jarrod King

“I knew Franny personally from 20 years ago, but havent spoken to her in years. She’s smart, capable and passionate. However, her response shows the issue loud and clear -folks involved think the end result of their labor represents what a big city celebration should look like when it doesn’t. A glance at the amature quality of the pride site (its lack of social media aspects in specific) speaks volumes as well. I happened to be in Nashville this past weekend for their Pride. Mary Lambert from Macklemoore fame was one of their headliners. Their festival and stage show was awesome and stood far above ours. I’ll always attend Philly Pride to take part in the community, but I can’t pretend its not dry and boring as is.”—Antony

“What everyone is saying is true. And the problem is obvious. What we have here is a hyper-sensitive bully who degrades the opposition, intimidates potential volunteers, ignores advice and lines her own pockets with the attendees’ money. And her writing skills! Is she serious? What talent manager would respond to her emails? Possibly Fantasia’s. What’s the point in skirting the issue? She needs to be gone before any progress can be made.”—Adam

“I’ve spoken to a couple of people who have tried to volunteer for Philly Pride Presents. Franny is more than happy to have help, as long as they do things EXACTLY as Franny wants them done. There is no other option if you want to volunteer. It’s Franny’s way or the highway. Thanks for all you have done in the past for the community Franny: now release your stranglehold on our city’s pride event, step aside, and let some some new blood bring new vision, new energy, fresh ideas, and a different perspective to our celebration. Our community deserves that much.”—Mike

We tried hard to find more responses from individuals who supported Philly Pride as it currently stands, and, to be frank, there weren’t any at the time of this publication.  All in all, the feedback we’ve received offers a sobering look at the fact that our community wants to see Pride up its game. So are you listening, Franny Price? The ball’s in your court.

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  • Zach

    Question. Does Franny Price HAVE to be the one who organizes Pride? Why can’t someone pull the rug out from under her? I imagine that it’s “generic” enough (in terms of possible copyright infringement, for example I can’t throw a party in Philadelphia and call it Alegria because that’s not generic) that someone who would do a better job (e.g. Josh Schonewolf, Bruce Yelk, et al.) can organize the festival, secure the volunteers, venues and talent, and blow any production Franny Price can put together out of the water.

    • njrugger45

      We already have the “I don’t want to deal with Pride” pride event – it’s called Equality Forum. And, to borrow a line from Eddie Izzard, they’re slowly collapsing like a flan in a cupboard.

      Plus Outfest, which everyone loves, and which is also a Philly Pride Presents event.

      I’ve been pleased to the the parade grow over the last number of years I’ve been in Philly, and I’ve worked directly with Franny for the last two, but I do find Outfest to be a much stronger event overall.

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  • JJL

    Correct me if im wrong, but i was told she gets 35 grand a year for organizing these events! Thats a problem!

  • Dan

    I volunteered with Phiily Pride about 20 years ago. It was fun and we put on a good “show”. After that it became more difficult to volunteer and I found Franny Price to be very off-putting. I do not question her interest and drive and commitment, but I became very disillusioned when she pushed to create a paid position for herself because her work for Pride was just too important and time consuming she needed to be compensated. Pride had been pretty much the same every year. Shouldn’t it grow over time? Shouldn’t more people want to contribute? WHY don’t more people want to contribute? I haven’t been to a Pride in years. Outfest has always seemed more relatable, but even that is becoming stale.

  • William

    Having lived in the South, then Southern Ohio, & Indiana I find it rather sad that the “birthplace of Pride” has such a sick, sad event. Hell, if Pittsburgh can have the turn out they do with the real talent for headliners, what’s Philadelphia’s problem? It can only be the steering committee & Franny.

  • HRH Mortimer

    Although I did enjoy Philly Pride this year (it’s been a long time since I could make that statement), I do find the events at Penn’s Landing are getting rather stale. Yes, the Village People are a work-horse of an act but they were enjoyable and everyone seemed to have a great time when they performed. But I’m not sure why the Philly Pride committee (read: Franny Price) can”t (or won’t) attract more contemporary acts or big name DJ’s to perform at the event. After attending White Party Palm Springs in April and Asbury Park Pride the week before, I’m surprised such a large city as Philadelphia has such a minor Pride presence and such a small-town parade. (And come to think of it, where were the mummers, for that matter?) The entry fee is getting steep, the space around the amphitheatre is ill-used, the lines to the various vendors were insufferable, and it’s the same old, same old every year you go. Consistency is one thing but there’s a lot to be said for innovation as well. Everyone seemed to mill about and then find a place to sit since there wasn’t much more to do beyond signing up, yet again, for .
    Something’s gotta give because I can’t see attending the same exact thing next year.
    And the year after that.
    And the year after that.