Miami Beach Pride — a multi-day celebration of arts and culture, including a two-day festival and parade — is back again from Friday, April 1 to Sunday, April 10.

The annual LGBT celebration features special events, family-friendly community activations, social mixers and world-class entertainment. 

This will be Miami Beach Pride’s 13-year anniversary, as it originally launched in April 2009. The inaugural Miami Beach Pride celebration took place with more than 15,000 spectators, far surpassing organizers’ expectations. Today, it is the leading LGBT cultural arts organization in South Florida, regularly attracting more than 170,000 attendees annually. 

Miami Beach Pride is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and also supported by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners and the City of Miami Beach. 

“Did you know it costs $1.3 million to produce our fabulous Pride event alone? To help ensure Pride remains a free community event, we rely on the help and support of community members and pride-goers,” a spokesperson for Miami Beach Pride said on the Pride website. “[Our] key mission is to raise funds for our events and community outreach programs that support the LGBTQIA+ community of South Florida. Consider helping us and in turn the community by making a donation. No amount is too small.” 

The flag-raising at Miami Beach City Hall and the Pride “Light the Night” event at 1111 Lincoln Road marks the kickoff of Pride week festivities on Friday, April 1. It is followed by the official rooftop pool party, “Fun Dip,” by Sweet Spot from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at the Palomar Hotel, 1750 Alton Road. 

DJ Deanne, a Sweet Spot resident and a Miami favorite, will be pumping a joy-inducing blend of modern and classic house, vintage jams and nu-disco flavor before the iconic producer, remixer and international superstar, DJ Hex Hector, takes the decks and cranks the party into high gear.

The Grammy-winning special guest has been influential in house music and the LGBT and global club scene with official remixes and undisputed anthems for Madonna, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Deborah Cox, Whitney Houston, Kim English, Donna Summer and many more. Hector has held residencies at legendary New York hot spots like the Tunnel, Limelight, Palladium, Sound Factory Bar, Nell’s, ClubUSA and Danceteria. 

“Enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of Miami Beach on the stunning Palomar Hotel rooftop under the brilliant sun while you dip, dance and party with other sun-kissed beauties, an eclectic blend of house music lovers and bonafide party people,” a Pride spokesperson said. “With exciting performances, electrifying dancers, the Miami golden hour on full display and mood for days, this Miami Beach Pride Week kick-off event is certain to create a vibe that is too sweet to miss.” 

Next up on the Pride week agenda is the second edition of the Queer Art Showcase from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, April 4 at the Moxy South Beach, 915 Washington Ave. Presented to the general public for free in partnership with O, Miami, the art showcase features photography, paintings, poetry and spoken word created by 10 LGBT artists. 

“Celebrate the art of the South Florida queer community while getting in the groove with throwback classic vibes curated by Deejay SmeeJay,” a Pride spokesperson said. 

All proceeds of art sales go directly to the artist. Cash bar available. 

Miami Beach Pride presents its second Social Justice, Health & Wellness Evening with a focus on hot social justice topics related to the LGBT community from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 at Art Deco Museum, 1001 Ocean Dr.  

The event is held in partnership with The Program in Gender & Sexuality Studies and LGBTQ Student Center at the University of Miami and the Division of Academic & Student Affairs Pride Center at Florida International University. It is hosted by the Miami Design Preservation League at the Art Deco Museum. Complimentary light bites and beverages will be provided. 

Next, Miami Beach Pride presents the second annual Legends Ball competition from 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Thursday, April 7 at Exchange Miami Club, 1532 Washington Ave. Ballroom houses will compete for trophies and grand prizes as they take the stage competing in various categories to be crowned House Supreme. 

“Be immersed in the ballroom culture as we dedicate this epic night to the South Florida ball community and vogue aficionados,” a Pride spokesperson said. “Enjoy the pops, dips and spins from these talented Houses at the fully transformed Exchange Miami nightclub on Washington Avenue.” 

Preferred seating is available. All are welcome. 

The T-Mobile VIP Beach Affair concludes the week of Pride festivities Friday, April 8 from 7-11 p.m. at Lummus Park before the weekend’s festival and parade on Sunday, April 10. The VIP event includes complimentary drinks and cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, special guest entertainment, VIP giveaways and other surprises, only for VIP guests. DJ Alex Ferbeyre, who has headlined festivals all across the country, will serve beats all night long at the VIP Beach Affair. 

Performers for Saturday and Sunday include local talents such as LGBT artist Robbie Elias and drag entertainers like Marytrini from Azúcar. 

“Everyone welcome the great Marytrini to the Celebrity Cruises stage alongside DJ Otto on Saturday, April 9 for a one-of-a-kind performance,” a Pride spokesperson said. “Miami Beach Pride is excited to see this Latin legend take to the stage and wow the crowd.” 

Elias said to perform on the Celebrity Cruises stage at Miami Beach Pride both on Saturday and Sunday is a “dream come true.” 

“I will be performing on the big stage at Miami Beach Pride April 9 and 10,” Elias said. “Being born and raised in Miami, I have dreamt of this for so long. Get ready for not one but two electrifying shows. See you all there!” 

Lastly, this year’s Pride festival will have a Calming Pavilion and Beyond Limits Stage for LGBTQ+ constituents and their families/caretakers with children who experience the world through a diversity of cognitive, hearing, visual and mobility challenges. 

The Calming Pavilion and Beyond Limits Stage will feature separate rooms equipped with noise-canceling headsets, soft seats, art-therapy activities as well as a full schedule of programming in partnership with local LGBT disabled practitioners including artists, art teachers and disability instructors. 

“Miami Beach Pride is proud to represent inclusivity and equality. This brand new activation will address a need to provide a safe sensory space to promote and advocate the rights to live an open and happy life as an individual with a disability,” a Pride spokesperson said. 

To RSVP to the programs in this pavilion or purchase tickets for any of the Pride paid events, visit miamibeachpride.com or call 305-350-0771 for more information. 


Courtesy of Miami Gay News.

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