The festival committee for Miami Beach Gay Pride announced its grand marshal at a soiree style fundraiser Saturday evening.
Elvis Duran, a national radio personality, was selected grand marshal of the parade and festival scheduled for April 8-10, 2016.
“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 LGBTQ community and Elvis Duran will help us accomplish this in a leading role,” said Dave Cook, Executive Director of Miami Beach Gay Pride.
Duran hosts a daily morning radio show out of New York -- “Elvis Duran and The Morning Show” -- which reaches eight million people weekly and airs locally on Y-100.
He came out as a gay man in 2010 and often incorporates his dating life into the show.
“I was in a relationship that crashed and burned,” Duran said in an interview with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. “And when I was out in the dating world, I thought there was some interesting stories I needed to share and that’s when I decided to talk about being a gay guy. I was never really in the closet, I just never addressed it.”
Duran did not attend Saturday night’s soiree at the Miami Beach Women’s Club, but the event did receive a financial boost from television design star David Bromstad who donated $10,000 to the pride organization. It was also announced that proceeds from the 2016 festival would go to the Point Foundation, a national LGBT scholarship fund.