Miami's illustrious seven-time Grammy Award winning international superstar Gloria Estefan will be honored as Grand Marshal of the sixth annual 2014 Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and Festival.
Estefan will be presented with this honor alongside legendary choreographer, film and TV director and producer Kenny Ortega, waving to an anticipated 80,000 supporters from the view of a classic Rolls Royce Convertible.
Pride week Miami is set to kick off Tues., April 8 at the Shore Club Hotel with a spotlight mixer and ends Sun., April 13 with the annual parade and after party along Ocean Drive between 5th and 15th Street.
Chairman of the Pride Board Joel Stedman, said “It is an absolute thrill to see Gloria and Kenny riding as Grand Marshals in our parade down Ocean Drive. It is something many of us had hoped for a very long time. Gloria Estefan has done so much for this community, she is genuinely loved and admired by all. This Miami Beach Gay Pride will truly be one to remember…can’t wait!"
Miami Beach's Pride Festival and Parade began as a grassroots’ event with an estimated 15,000 guests at its first parade in 2009. This year’s free event is expected to attract over 80,000 spectators. Besides Estefan “Australian Idol” star contestant (and current contender in this season of “RuPaul's Drag Race”) Courtney Act, will also be performing on the main festival stage.
The parade will feature over 1,200 participants and the festival will have 125 LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses. This year's event will expand the ‘family fun’ area to include bounce houses, arcade games, face painters and a fully hockey rink just for kids on Ocean Drive. A newly created Art Pavilion will give local artists the opportunity to show and sell their work.
The week kicks off Tues., April 8 with a mega-mixer poolside party at the Shore Club Hotel.
The event's VIP cocktail reception will honor original Pride organizer Cindy Brown along with Estefan. Organizers suggest booking early as tickets will be extremely limited.
The party continues Wednesday at the all new Score Night Club with Tiffany Fantasia, who was named last year Miss Miami Beach Gay Pride 2013. She’ll be passing down her crown to the next reigning queen at a pageant.
On Thursday there will be a VIP kick off celebration at 7 p.m. at the W Hotel on Collins Avenue.
Friday night the street will be closed as MOVA lounge, on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Lincoln Road, hosts its fifth annual block party. Performances will feature internationally acclaimed DJs LA Trice and Tracy Young at this free event.
Women's Pride will be holding its Entourage party at Score Night Club featuring hip hop and top 40 hits.
One of the major highlights of the weekend includes Saturday's fun in the free annual Beach Party. The event which had 5,000 attendees last year will be held at Lummus Park from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. with cocktails and beats on the beach. Following the beach party the Miami Pride Saturday night dance party "SuperURGE" will reunite world renowned DJ Abel and Brazilian master DJ Paulo Pacheco. Visit www.UrgeMiami.com for advance tickets.
Ladies will take the dance floor Saturday Night for Woman's Pride Party, Ménage à Troi, to beheld at the The Vagabond. The party will feature three rooms, three unique vibes and three DJs spinning Spanish and Latin rock, retro, nu disco and soul.
Sunday's annual parade begins at 11 a.m. with divas and drag queens geared in stilettos for a High Heel's Race. Miami’s DJ Alex Infiniti will be spinning on the festival stage directly following the parade. Headliner Courtney Act will perform live with emcee Elaine Lancaster and DJ Lady Bunny, located on the TD Bank Stage at 11th street.
Hop on over to the Latin stage at 13th Street for the finest Latin DJs and performers. The 12th street stage, a precursor for the closing party, will open with DJs Sushiman followed by master-beat artist DJ Maryalice. Pride's fireworks will rain over the ocean beginning at 9 p.m. following Gay Champions — the official closing party with music until 5 a.m.
“Pride produced events on the beach are all free and open to the public. Our all-volunteer board and dedicated staff work hard throughout the year to raise enough money to cover the costs of this amazing event,” said chairman Joel Stedman. "If everyone reading this went to the MiamiBeachGayPride.com website and donated just $20 or more, it would really help us continue our efforts providing this free event that gives hope, and helps provide acceptance on a grand scale for a new generation. Pride can change lives, I know — it changed mine."
For more information please visit: MiamiBeachGayPride.com