Florida’s newest Pride is back for a second year. My Hollywood Pride (MHP) is set for Jan. 29 from 1-6 p.m. immediately followed by a Tea Dance at Karma Lounge.
Both are in downtown Hollywood.
MHP is carving out a niche as being hyper-local. The vibe is very community-based and a celebration of the city’s deliberate and successful effort to embrace its LGBT citizens at all levels.
“We're located in the heart of Downtown Hollywood, which is known as a local gathering place for the Hollywood community so a hyper-local is a product by nature for us,” Jameer Baptiste, MHP’s Marketing and Publicity Coordinator, said.
Being hyper-local doesn’t mean being exclusive. After last year’s success, Baptiste said the rest of South Florida is taking notice.
“We’ve noticed that interest in the festival has spanned outwards to include festival goers from North Broward to down in Miami. It’s great to see such reach because people get to experience the awesomeness of Downtown Hollywood, which most likely they would have never done if it wasn’t for our Pride festival.”
Year two will see several tweaks and additions. The event has moved to Sunday, and the main stage is moving a block down to be accessible to a larger crowd. They will also feature the Banned Book Nook, where people can see and read books that are banned in Florida schools.
Baptiste said the biggest challenge for year two is deciding what to keep and what to add.
“Our committee has a wealth of ideas that are really fun and engaging but as a one-day Pride event going on only our second year, we just can’t include everything. So we have to stay true to our mission and select the activities that really speak to our core values, fun, educational, and engaging for both kids and adults whether part of the community or just learning about the community.”
There will be a Kids Zone, a Drag Queen Story Hour, Pride Cinema at Cinema Paradiso in conjunction with OUTshine Film Festival, and live entertainment on the main stage hosted by Velvet Lenore.
On Saturday, they will host the Pride 100 Brunch. The Trailblazer award will be presented to former Vice Mayor Sabrina Javellana, who grew up in Hollywood and Hallandale Beach.
Parking is limited, and visitors are encouraged to use rideshare or public transportation.
For more details, visit MyHollywoodPride.com.