Organizers declared the first ever Pride on The Block that took place Sunday in West Palm Beach a huge success.
“We superseded our expectations so much so we’re going to ask the city to give us a proclamation establishing the second Sunday as West Palm Beach Pride Day,” said Rolando Chang Barrero, one of the organizers.
Barrero estimates about 500 people attended the 6-hour event that took place on the 500 block of Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach.
Barrero said that particular block was chosen because it is home to Respectable Street, a local nightclub.
“Respectable Street has been home to all of the disenfranchised LGBTQ people for the last 20 years,” Barrero said. “It has always attracted an alternative crowd that has been open-minded and welcoming to others.”
The event featured a talent show, drag show, photo exhibitions, and games in the middle of the street.
Barrero said the event drove a lot of traffic into the local restaurants and businesses as well.
Barrero was hoping to use this first ever event as a kickoff party to the upcoming annual Palm Beach Pride later this month March 28-29 in Lake Worth Beach at Bryant Park.
Going forward Barrero is already looking to having the event next year. He’s also hoping to bring other LGBT focused events to other cities throughout the county in the lead up to the local Pride festival.
“We’d like to see every city throughout the county name one day during March as their LGBT Pride Day with some event,” he said.
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