The first ever Pride on the Block takes place Sunday in West Palm Beach on the 500 block of Clematis Street from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

“It’s going to be off the charts. It’s bigger than expected,” said Rolando Chang Barrero, one of the organizers. “I’m happy to see the City of West Palm Beach, the merchants, and the LGBT community coming together in celebration of Pride.” 


The one day event will be a fundraiser for Transpire Help, an organization that helps LGBT people struggling with drug addiction. It will feature an afternoon Tea Dance, live performances, an indoor art show, vendors, games and more. 

The event is being organized by Inspire Recovery, The Sub-Culture Group, and The Box Gallery, with the support of Compass and The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council.

“I think something like this was missing to unify the LGBT community in West Palm Beach,” Chang Barrero said. “We’ve been concentrating so much on county-wide but we have no events in the cities around the county like West Palm Beach.”

Chang Barrero said he hopes this will be an annual event used as a kick off party for Palm Beach Pride, which takes place March 28-29 at Bryant Park in Downtown Lake Worth.

“I am trying to make it an annual kick off party for the larger county pride,” said Chang Barrero.  

A $10 donation at the event will get you free beverages and 25% off Local Sub-Culture Restaurants on the 500 Block. 

In addition to the above event, Night Runners, the LGBT walking/running group in West Palm Beach, is hosting its first ever 5K in conjunction with Pride from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 27, also at Bryant Park. The cost of the run is $40.