Out and Proud in Miami Beach
It’s hard to believe that Miami Beach Gay Pride, which will draw thousands to glitzy Ocean Drive this weekend, is only three years old. After all, for more than two decades, South Beach has been both home and popular tourist destination for homo boys and girls alike. And, while Broward may boast two pride celebrations, Ocean Drive provides arguably one of the most stunning pride parade settings anywhere.
Any weekend in Miami Beach is sure to be exciting, but this weekend, the many bars, restaurants and nightclubs catering to the gay community are pulling out all the stops with a lineup of themed parties, guest performers and drink specials.
Here’s a look at some of the festivities in South Beach and across the causeway in Miami:
Thursday, April 14
Twist kicks off the Pride weekend with a special performance by the iconic performer Lady Bunny at 1 a.m. If you’ve never seen Lady Bunny live—admittedly, she is a multimedia star these days—don’t miss this rare opportunity to catch her in South Florida. There’s never a cover at Twist, 1057 Washington Ave.
Thursday marks the second week for Edison Farrow’s “The Simple Life” Thursdays at its new location, Lux, 1439 Washington Ave. As if that wasn’t reason enough to party, it’s also Edison’s birthday and he’s celebrating with music by Daisy D. and Lady Gaga performances by Daisy, Chyna, T.P. Lords and Sasha Lords.
Friday, April 15
There’s plenty of action tonight on trendy Lincoln Road Start the night off right with the official pride performance by Miss Richfield 1981 at the Colony Theater, before sliding over to the after party at MOVA Lounge, 1625 Michigan Ave. The street will be closed tonight for a fabulous block party featuring LA DJ Brett Henrichsen, along with MOVA resident DJs Zehno and J. Felix.
Meanwhile, Score, the longtime destination on Lincoln Rd. celebrates Filthy Gorgeous Fridays with a Jennifer Hudson album release. Don’t miss the show by Sasha Iman Phillips and take home one of the free albums that will be given away. Score is located at 727 Lincoln Road.
On the mainland, Sugar, 2301 NW 32nd Ave., features shows by T.P. Lords and Sasha Lords, as well as special guest Kiara Knight. DJ Jarell will be spinning house in the main room, while DJ Dave offers up hip hop and Latin in the Spice Lounge.
Saturday, April 16
There’s no better place to view the parade than the Palace, 1200 Ocean Drive SoBe’s only beach bar, The Palace is serving up a special brunch beginning at 10:30 a.m. Later, after the afternoon events, the Palace will host the Superhero Block Party with New York City DJ DeMarko spinning until 11 p.m. on 12th St. between Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue.
The party moves to the Ice Palace Studios West (formerly Karu & Y), 71 NW 14th St. for Urge starting at 10 p.m. Brought to you by Hilton Wolman and SCORE Productions, the event features DJs Abel and Paulo spinning on the main floor with J. Felix and Alex Infiniti on the patio.
Discotekka has plenty of reasons to celebrate tonight. The downtown late night dance club marks its fourth anniversary with the biggest party of the weekend. Discotekka is located at 950 NE 2nd Ave. in Miami.
Sunday, April 17
Wrap up your Pride weekend back at the Palace for the Pride Nation tea dance, featuring DJ Charlie Rojas beginning at 4 p.m. This is your last chance to make those memories of Pride 2011.