October 26, 2020
"Out & About in MNYK" 2020
Posted by: Mark Jerde
Another "EX-DRAG-VAGANZA" this year at the second annual "Out & About in MNYK". Celebrating the wonderful diversity in our beloved Manayunk. October is holds "National COMING OUT DAY" and is "National LGBTQ+ History Month" , a perfect time to highlight who Manayunk is as a community with an exciting event as "Out & About".
The month-long celebration was kicked off with the unveiling of a beautiful "Under the Rainbow" art installment sponsored by the MDC, Manayunk Development Corporation on October 1st for the final summertime series in Manayunk called "Stroll the Street", which is held every Thursday night on Main Street in the Summer. It is a wonderful way to get your weekend started with Live Music & Entertainment, and specials at the local shops and restaurants.
The temporary interactive art piece consists of nearly one hundred multicolored opened umbrellas suspended thirty feet above the only "GAY STREET" in the city of Philadelphia. The street is currently open to only pedestrian traffic to allow the visitors to immerse themselves in the colorful experience of being on Gay Street in Manayunk to take selfies to be shared on Instagram, FaceBook and Twitter. The Installation has been quite a hit with our visitors and will be there for just a few more weeks. Be sure to make the time to enjoy the temporary art experience on Gay Street between Main and Cresson Streets in Manayunk.
"Out & About in MNYK" was held the first weekend in October and was sponsored by Manayunk Chambers Guest House. It featured many area non profit LGBTQ+ organizations along with Gay vendors who offered various items to promote the celebration of diversity and pride in our area. We were honored to showcase Philly's own Brittany Lynn of The Drag Mafia who conducted our first roving drag show along Main Street stopping to entertain the patrons of the many quaint shops and interesting restaurants along Main Street.
Highlighted by a "Double Finale" to help promote room for comfortable social distancing, the Queens finished their set naturally, on Gay Street, literally "Under the Rainbow". They were met by a very enthusiastic crowd of neighbors and supporters of Manayunk and the LGBTQ+ community.
This event is so very important to both me and my husband Neal. We are ecstatic that we were able to help make this a reality this year and look forward to it taking place annually for many years to come.