Curacao, the Dutch Caribbean island south of Cuba, north of Venezuela, will celebrate its gay pride week in the capital city of Willemstad.
"Curaçao has long been one of the most welcoming islands for LGBT travelers, and we're excited that this year will mark our fourth annual Curaçao Pride," said Andre Rojer, North American Marketing Manager for the Curaçao Tourist Board.
"In addition to taking advantage of the island's 'live and let live' mentality, we invite Pride visitors to enjoy our 35 beautiful beaches, diverse cultural offerings, amazing architecture, and dive sites."
Host city Willemstad is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its Handelskade, the waterfront area, similar to the canals of Amsterdam but highlighted by candy-colored restaurants shops and museums and traditional architecture. And the week-long festival opens with a pride walk and free kick off party in Willemstad’s Wilhelmina park, 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26.
At the Hotel
Guys can enjoy a boys-only Steam Room Tuesday at the Floris Hotel pool and spa starting at 6 p.m. and ladies are invited to enjoy a ‘Licious Ladies Happy Hour at a special mid-week Rainbow Lounge with DJ La Blanche and DJ Liz from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Both parties are 18 and up, admission is free.
Film buffs can check out the International Queer and Migrant Film Festival at the Floris pool on Tuesday the 27 and Wednesday the 28 beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday features men-only films for the Steam Room crowd. “One Kingdom, One Love,” a movie about gay acceptance in the Dutch kingdom, will be screened on Wednesday. All screenings are free.
Come nightfall, the regular Friday night Rainbow Lounge is back at with DJ Eli and AxL & Friends starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
The Floris will close out Pride Week with a White Party at Pride Village, Saturday night from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. with DJ La Blanche, DJ RO1 and Dreams. The dress code is of course white, and the best dressed will have a chance to win $300. Entry is $20 and includes limited free drinks between 8 and 9 p.m.
For the foodies, Wednesday will also feature a city walk and cultural food tour from 8 to 11 p.m. beginning in Fort Amsterdam. Visitors can learn more about the Dutch and European influences and history of the city. For $37.50 you can sample the fresh fruit smoothies or ‘batidos’, meat pastry, ‘pastechi’ or ‘kala,’ a black-eyed pea fritter. The tour ends at the local market, Plasa Bieu for a tasting of five Curacao-Creole dishes and a fresh lime juice, ‘awa di lamunchi’.
Ride, swim and snorkel along Curacao’s western coastline during the West Side Jeep Safari from Thursday Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The beach tour begins and ends at the Floris hotel. Limited spaces are available for $65.
Thrill-seekers can go “Rappelling with Queen Juliana” or rappelling from the Queen Juliana bridge Friday Sep. 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Be guided by a certified rappel master and climbing instructor who will take you inside the Queen Julianna bridge. On your way down you’ll overlook the St. Anna Bay, the entrance to the Curacao harbor and Willemstad. No experience is necessary; all first timers all welcome. Sport clothing and rubber soled shoes are required. The fee is $35.
Space is limited for each tour. Reservations can be booked through PinkCuracao.com/Curacao-Pride-Tours.
Miami Beach’s first-ever Miss Gay Pride, Tiffany Fantasia, has performed at Curacao Pride before and will be back again.
"I will be MC'ing and performing at several events. This will be even better than before, more parties, more venues and more drag!”
Come see Tiffany Wednesday night at Moomba and Thursday night at 27 Bar & Restaurant.
The Pride Beach Party will take place at Moomba Beach Club, Wednesday Sept. 28 from 2 to 7 p.m. “Boyakasha” has been described as Switzerland’s “hip-hop twinkfest” by TimeOut.com, and it’s coming to Curacao with DJ Q, Nicky Dynamite and Zoer Gollin. Along with Tiffany, entertainers include Ebonee Excell, Sherry Vine.
Take in dinner and a show at rock ‘n’ roll bar, 27 Bar & Restaurant. Wednesday is Cabaret night, the show starts at 7 p.m. and will feature Tiffany and Ebonee, along with Necole luv Dupree, Gigi Labelle and Niesha Dupree. $55 covers the show and a three course dinner, drinks not included.
Board the Insulinde, during the Navigaytion Sea Parade on Saturday Oct 1. Sail along Curacao’s coastline and take in the views as pride week winds down. Juni Juliet will provide the entertainment. Boarding time is 12 p.m. at the Handelskade and tickets can be purchased for $65 at the Floris Suite hotel.
The closing pool party is happening at Saint Tropez Ocean Club, Sunday starting at 2 p.m. DJ Michel will perform at 6 p.m., entry is free.
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