Philly’s dragon boat legacy; Pride guide; Biden back in Philly

More than 100 teams from around Philadelphia and across the country will be on the Schuylkill River Saturday for the largest single-day regatta in the U.S. 

The 17th annual Independence Dragon Boat Regatta is a celebration of the competition and camaraderie the sport has generated in Philly which is home to the oldest and most decorated dragon boat club in the country. BP’s Nick Kariuki went for a ride (check out the video) on the river to learn how this sport found a home here. Continue reading… 

A typical dragon boat holds 20 paddlers seated in two rows, each paddling on one side. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

This weekend kicks off Pride Month in Philadelphia. It’s full of queer events, from Pride story time at the library to a protest in the streets — and of course, the biggest one: the Philadelphia Pride March and Festival.

WHYY’s Sophia Schmidt has a round up of what to expect throughout the month, including what organizers hope will be the largest Pride flag Pennsylvania has ever seen. The 400-foot-long flag — double the length of last year’s flag — will take dozens of community members and volunteers to hold it up. Continue reading… 

The world-record-holding 200-ft. pride flag at the OURfest National Coming Out Parade. (Daisie Cardona for Billy Penn)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• President Biden and VP Harris launched a Black voter outreach effort during their visit to Philly amid signs of diminished support. [WHYY/AP] 

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