Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and Festival is an extraordinary all-day event that features a loud and colorful parade followed by an enormous festival with more than 100 booths, exciting celebrities, musical performances, refreshments, food and a family-friendly play area.
Now in its third year, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown into the largest, single-day event of the entire year in Miami Beach. The hugely successful event in 2010 attracted more than 35,000 people from all walks of life, all parts of the country, and all age groups. This year, organizers are expecting even larger crowds for the popular parade and festival.
In addition to this year’s Grand Marshal, Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen, the parade will feature numerous celebrities and VIPs riding in more than 60 floats or marching alongside in solidarity. Continuing her long-standing support of the LGBT community, DJ Tracy Young will be a special guest in the parade fresh off her recent guest appearance on “The Real Housewives of Miami.” Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower and several of the city’s commissioners and staff will ride atop a specially designed float and many of the entries in the parade will echo this year’s “Super Hero” theme of empowerment.
Another highlight of Pride will be a salute to “Legacy Couples” – committed LGBT partners who have been together for 20 or more years who will march and ride together in recognition of their commitment and in affirmation of marriage equality.
Following the parade, the Pride Festival will feature refreshments, booths and two entertainment stages. Performers will include Dominican singer/songwriter Sohanny, performing her urban merengue dance hit “No Es Normal,” and multi-talented hit-maker JayQuan whose R&B/Pop/Latin vocals are a standout in the group Nas-T-Boyz. Also performing at the Festival will be Erika Jayne, Miss Richfield 1981, Stephanie Carcache, Marlon Alarm and the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus.
The pulse-racing line-up of DJs for the Festival includes Jody McDonald, DJ MIIK, DJ Seijo and Bill Kelly. Festival-goers can also expect some fabulous surprises and guest performances throughout the afternoon.
For a complete and ever-growing list of events surrounding Miami Beach Gay Pride – including an arts conference for young LBT women, an Interfaith Service, club events and events especially for women, visit: www.miamibeachgaypride.com.
The mission of Miami Beach Gay Pride is to bring together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, allies, and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBT community by producing free, safe, quality, mass-appeal events that are open to all.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and Festival
Saturday, April 16
Noon – 8 p.m.
Parade: Ocean Drive, from 5th to 13th Streets, Miami Beach
Festival: LummusPark, Ocean Drive, between 10th and 13th Streets, Miami Beach