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Upcoming Events

Philly PridePrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival – Friday June 8 – June 10, 2018

Philly Pride will be celebrating their 30th anniversary on PrideDay. Philadelphia’s annual walk of Gay Pride will be held on June 10, 2018. The kickoff party that leads up to the parade, will start at 6 p.m. on Friday June 8 at 12th and Locust streets. The parade route on Sunday June 10 will start at 13th & Locust Streets in the Gayborhood section of Philadelphia and will conclude at the main event spot at Penn’s Landing.

For more parade and festival information, click here.

Kimmel CenterPhiladelphia International Festival of the Arts – May 31- June 10, 2018

The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will return for another year starting May 31. This is a citywide celebration of international arts curated by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The festival continues for over a week, ending on June 10. Events include dance, theater, and visual arts performances. Most of the events are free and open to the public. Some events will require tickets.

For calendar and ticket information, click here.

Roots PicnicRoots Picnic, Saturday – June 2, 2018

Philly’s own critically acclaimed band The Roots will be holding their 11th annual Roots Picnic on Saturday June 2, 2018 at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. The festival consists of numerous genres and artists. This year’s event will be hosted by Dave Chappelle.

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The Great Chefs Event PhiladelphiaThe Great Chefs Event Philadelphia, Saturday June 9, 2018

Some of the country’s best chefs are coming together at The Great Chefs Event Philadelphia to prepare exquisite cuisine benefitting the fight against childhood cancer. This even will be located at the Navy Yard. Guests are encouraged to bring their kids to experience the fun and cuisine.

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Legislative Update

Sports betting is legal in Pennsylvania

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law which prohibited states from authorizing sports betting. My colleagues and I had already prepared for this outcome and included language in Act 42 of 2017 that would provide regulations for casinos to engage in sports betting. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) is working hard to get sports betting up and running, which will result in significant revenue for the commonwealth.

Redistricting Bill Clears First Hurdle

Senate Bill 22, sponsored by Senators Lisa Boscola and Mario Scavello, unanimously passed the Senate State Government Committee this week. After many weeks of negotiations with stakeholders, an amendment was adopted to address concerns of all parties. Because this is a constitutional amendment, it would need to pass both chambers of the legislature twice before being brought before voters as a referendum. My colleagues and I will continue to work together to enact redistricting reform before the 2020 census.

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Offices of State Senator Larry Farnese | Contact Me
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Philadelphia, PA 19145
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