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The Philadelphia Flower Show Turns Up the Glam at G Philly’s LGBT Party


This year’s Philadelphia Flower Show goes Hollywood with its “Celebrate the Movies” theme, so G Philly’s fifth-annual LGBT Party follows suit with a night full of glitz and glamour. The event kicks off Sunday, March 1 at 4 p.m. with a special introduction by Drew Becher, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society president.

Don’t miss your chance to meet actor Pam Grier. Grier is a spokesperson for Dining Out for Life International, which raises money for AIDS service organizations. She also reached the New York Times best-seller list with her book, Foxy: My Life in Three Acts. Show up to the party dressed as your favorite hero or villain from the silver screen, and you could win copies of Grier’s book and dinner for two.

Star chef Jaime Laurita will be in attendance. Spend some time mixing and mingling with Laurita, and you might just hear about his storied career as a chef and designer for celebrity events. Laurita studied with master chefs around the world; worked and toured with rock ’n’ roll legends such as Sting, the Rolling Stones, and Aerosmith; and made multiple television appearances, including on the Food Network and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” At the party, Laurita will present his new sparkling wine, Bello Boy Rose Petals Moscato. The pink bubbly drink is infused with the essence of roses.

As you socialize, enjoy cocktails and light bites from Indeblue (an Indian cuisine hotspot), Valanni (specialists in Mediterranean-Latin fusion), Garces Trading Company (European bistro fare), and Catering by Design. Sip wine and cocktails provided by Skinny Girl Wines, Ketel One Vodka, SVEDKA Vodka, and Stoli Vodka. And enjoy one (or more) of the five signature LGBT Party drinks.

No LGBT Party would be complete without stellar live entertainment, including The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus. The group has been sharing music with the Philadelphia community since 1981. Keep an eye out for some extra-special guests. Rumor has it that “Charlie Chaplin,” “Bette Midler,” “Judy Garland,” and “James Bond” and his (drag) girls might drop by. Have your smartphone ready to snap that selfie!

G Philly’s LGBT Party is part of the nine-day PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, which runs from February 28 to March 8. The Party will take place outside of the Ballroom in the Grand Hall of the Pennsylvania Convention Center from 4 p.m to 6 p.m. Event tickets are $50 and include admission to the Flower Show. To get more party details and purchase tickets, visit phsonline.org/events/lgbt-party.