Pride in Florida, 2011

Please visit PrideFestKeyWestFl.com for more information.

Miami: The Magic City encourages you to save the date of Sat., April 16, so you can celebrate your pride, and the diversity of Miami on South Beach. It’s always “An Extraordinary Day Out” when one visits Miami! The parade begins at noon, on ocean Drive, promising colorful floats and performers with Miami flair. “In two short years, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown into the largest, single-day event of the year in Miami Beach thanks to the overwhelming support of our city, sponsors and people who come out to watch the parade and participate in the festival,” said Chad Richter, Miami Beach Gay Pride President proud events have expanded to a week.

Please visit MiamiBeachGayPride.com for more information.

Broward County PrideFest: This is the second year the event has been held at Jaco Pastorious Park in Oakland park, located conveniently next to Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors. This year Chely Wright, a recently out gay country singer, will perform. President Jacqui Charvet looks forward to inviting and embracing the broad spectrum of the LGBT community to the event. Vice-President Marc Hansen hopes this year will draw more LGBT-youth to the event so they can see that “it gets better.”

Please visit PrideSouthFlorida.org for more information.

Pride of the Palm Beaches: Mayor of Lake Worth Rene Varela will raise the gay pride flag on March 26 with Compass’ CEO Tony Plakas at Lake Worth’s City Hall. The flag is raised annually in anticipation of PrideFest of the Palm Beaches, being held on March 26 and 27 at Bryant Park in Lake Worth. The event’s theme this year calls out for Pride with Glee, an homage to the popular TV show. Florida House Representative and lead vocalist for Datura Street Band, Jeff Clemens will once again open up the stage on Saturday. Local LGBT advocates and drag queens Ricki Rollick & Melissa St. John are also scheduled to appear. On Sunday, Velvet Lenore and company will once again rock the park with burlesque themed numbers. Saturday’s featured entertainment includes a variety of folk rock and indie musicians as well as a special performance by Drag It Out.  “This year we want to celebrate pride with glee! Glee for being true to yourself and others and making Palm Beach County one of the best places in Florida for all people to live,” said Tony Plakas, CEO of Compass. Sunday’s Grand Parade will begin at 11:30am at South L Street and Lucerne Avenue, then proceed down Lake Avenue to Bryant Park.
Compass strongly advises attendees to buy tickets in advance.

Please visit CompassGLCC.com for more information.

St Petersburg: St. Pete Pride is the primary event of its kind for the area and largest in the state. Main highlight, the Promenade and Street Festival, takes place Sat., June 25. On Thursday evening, June 23 the Stonewall Commemorative Reception takes place at the Museum of Fine Arts in St Petersburg. On June 24 there is Pride and Fashion at Macy’s at the Tyrone Square Mall, followed by a pre-Pride Party at Georgie’s Alibi. Saturday night’s party takes place at the Postcard Inn on St Pete Beach, hosted by AlandChuck.travel and Watermark. On Sunday there will be a Pride Beach Party and a tea dance at the Flamingo Resort. If you make your home on Florida’s East Coast, this might be the best time to “head west.”

Please visit StPetePride.com for more information.

 


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