Philadelphia Celebrates Pride Month With Record for “Largest Attendance at Drag Queen Story Time”

Philadelphia, the birthplace of America, today took home another GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the “Largest Attendance at a Drag Queen Time Story Reading.” To kick off Pride Month, Philadelphia Gay News hosted the event, sponsored by Visit Philadelphia®, which brought together famous Philadelphia drag performers to read children’s stories to a record audience of 263 people. This performance takes place at the National Constitution Center, the nation’s premier venue for constitutional education and debate, and furthers Philadelphia’s reputation as a welcoming destination for all.


Brittany Lynn, drag performer, LGBTQIA+ activist, literacy advocate and head of the award-winning Philly Drag Mafia, served as emcee for the event, which featured the following books and artists:

  • Hello, Philadelphia!, written and illustrated by Martha Day Zschock and read by Brittany Lynn

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

  • ‘It Was the Night Before Pride, written by Joanna McClintick, illustrated by Juana Medina and read by Aurora

Publisher: Candlewick

  • Elmer, written and illustrated by David Mckee and read by Icon Ebony Fierce

Publisher: HarperCollins

  • The Family Book, written and illustrated by Todd Parr and read by Athena Chanteuse

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

  • Kevin the Unicorn: It’s Not All Rainbows, written and illustrated by Jessika von Innerebner and read by Morgan Wells

Publisher: DialBooks


“Philadelphia is where our country was founded, where the Declaration of Independence was debated and signed, and where some of the most important LGBTQIA+ moments in American history occurred,” said Mark Segal, publisher of Philadelphia Gay News. “Creating historic moments like we did today, hosted on land synonymous with our country’s fight for fundamental rights and freedom, serves as a powerful reminder of the resilience, talent and culture that make up the fabric of our great American city. ”


“To kick off Pride Month with the world’s largest drag story time in Philadelphia is extremely fitting for the birthplace of freedom and modern democracy,” said Neil Frauenglass, chief marketing officer at Visit Philadelphia. “Last summer, Visit Philadelphia hosted a small drag story in front of Independence Hall that we filmed and used as part of a national TV spot, so it was only fitting that we support a bigger, bolder, record-breaking version this year. . The event was a perfect fit for our In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union series, which highlights Philadelphia as an inclusive and welcoming place for all – and that is exactly what Philadelphia Gay News showed the world today.”

For more information on how visitors can celebrate Pride Month in Philadelphia all month long, visit here.