Miami Beach Gay Pride to End in Unique LGBT Cruise

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There’s only one city offering a gay pride cruise that leaves port the day after its week-long LGBT pride festival, parade and mud run end: Miami Beach.

It starts at 6 p.m. on April 8, with a rainbow flag raising ceremony at Miami Beach City Hall, followed by a free reception honoring the founders of Miami Beach Gay Pride.

Then, at the same time the next night, the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is hosting a similar spotlight reception at the Shore Club, which is $5 for members and $15 for non-members.

Miami Beach mayor Matti Bower was announced to be the grand marshall on April 1. Other headliners (and head turners) include Adam Lambert, Crystal Waters and Lady Bunny.

The city’s evening events continue April 10 with a family-friendly outdoor screening of the Rob Reiner-directed romantic comedy, The Princess Bride, which starts at the New World Symphony at 8 p.m.

These events are new to the city’s pride celebrations, according to Miami Beach Gay Pride Executive Director Ivan Camo.

“We added nighttime events for our partygoers during the festival itself,” Camo said. And he’s right, there is plenty for partygoers this year.

The next three nights include Grammy award-winners, DJs, and other performers in clubs mostly, but there is also the first-ever LGBT community mud run at Oleta River State Park Saturday April 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a post-race event that will include more DJs, beer, cocktails and a contest. It’s $85 to join the Out-Fit Challenge. Visit to register.

And for anyone who can’t wait until Sunday, April 14, to lead thousands in parading down Ocean Drive, Miami Beach is offering the first installment of two free outdoor dance events from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lummus Park on Saturday with more beach, beer, and DJ Theresa.

It all culminates with the city’s fifth annual pride parade, which starts Sunday at Noon, near the Art Deco district of Ocean Drive. “We do Miami Beach Pride to unite the community,” Ivan Camo said.

Calling the community united would be an understatement; there are more than 60,000 people and 125 LGBT-vendors attending the parade this year. After it ends, prepare to wish bon voyage to anyone setting sail on the Norwegian Sky Gay Pride Cruise from April 15 to April 19.

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