After a highly successful event in 2009, the City of Miami Beach is gearing up for another historic Gay Pride Parade Festival and Expo set for Saturday, April 17 on Ocean Drive. With award-winning actress Sharon Gless and army activist/Iraq veteran Lt. Dan Choi serving as Grand Marshals, crowds are expected to exceed 25,000; an amazing accomplishment according to Pride organizers for an event in its second year. View a Schedule of Events. Pride Parade Highlights The Pride Parade begins at noon at 5th Street on Ocean Drive, with a diverse range of festive floats and more than 1,000 people participating in the parade. One of the most popular highlights of the parade is the Legacy Couples – 28 LGBT couples who have been in committed relationships for 20 years or more; George Volpe and Peter Santangelo have been together the longest, for 66 years.
Another highlight of the Parade is the Key West Rainbow Flag, a 100-foot piece of the flag created by the Key West GLBT Community Center. Originally 8,000 feet long (1.25 miles), the flag contained 25 miles of seams before being broken up and donated to several LGBT organizations across the nation. It was created at the request the late Harvey Milk and was designed by Gilbert Baker, designer of Milk's eight-color flag 32 years ago. The Key West flag includes more than 18,000 yards of nylon fabric, 25 miles of seams and weighs more than three tons.
Many of the parade entrants will ride in classic cars, with Sharon Gless and Dan Choi leading in a vintage Rolls Royce. South Beach performer Elaine Lancaster will ride in a classic Lindberg as part of the “Miami Beach 25/7” contingent, the same car that Madonna drove in the film Dick Tracy.
Pride Festival and Expo – Lummus Park, between 10th and 14th Streets
Immediately following the parade, the Expo will feature 150 booths, food kiosks, exhibits and a family-friendly play zone, creating a massive Gay Pride exhibition area for businesses, community organizations and entertainers to showcase their pride and support of LGBT equality.
Two entertainment stages will showcase local, national and international recording artists and music sets by international DJs (see schedule for details).
From Ocean Drive to the ocean, Miami Beach Gay Pride continues with the first-ever “Pride Celebration at Sea,” Monday, April 19 through Friday, April 23, a four-night/five-day voyage aboard the Norwegian Sky with stops in Grand Bahama, Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay. The cruise is produced by Source Events, with a portion of tickets sold to be donated to Miami Beach Gay Pride.
An Eco-Friendly Pride Event, featuring The Green Team
ECOMB, the Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches, in partnership with several local businesses, has developed a series of strategies to “Green” Miami Beach Gay Pride, including:
- A comprehensive Recycling program along Ocean Drive and Expo Area. Recycling bins courtesy by Waste Management
- Energy needs to be produced by Biodiesel Generators, provided by Sidram Power
- Transportation and recycling support by EZGO Street Legal Electric LSV Cars, courtesy of Advantage Golf Cars
- Green Team volunteers will ensure that the site remains clean and free of debris and/or recyclables. T-shirts made of organic cotton provided by Boucher Brothers Management.
- Organic food and smoothies to be provided by Pasha
- Serving utensils, napkins and drink cups made of recycled and recyclable plastic
Miami Beach Gay Pride brings 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 LGBT community by producing free, safe, quality mass-appeal events that are open to all, such as the Parade, Festival and adjunct Miami Beach Pride sanctioned events.
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For further information, please go to www.MiamiBeachGayPride.com.