2nd Annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Grows in Second Year
On April 17, Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower and 30,000 of her closest friends will come together in celebration of the 2nd Annual Miami Beach Gay Pride. This year’s festivities will be led by actress Sharon Gless and activist/Iraq veteran Lt. Dan Choi, who will serve as Grand Marshals.
SFGN columnist Glenn Douglas Packard and drag diva extraordinaire Elaine Lancaster will serve as Masters of Ceremonies. Furthermore, Pride has recruited the remarkable talents of international superstars Crystal Waters, Danny Tenaglia and Estelle to entertain the fabulous crowd.
The 2nd Annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade will begin at noon at 5th Street and Ocean Drive. The parade route will continue north to 15th Street and will feature festive floats and the inspiring LEGACY couples—couples who have been in committed relationships for 20 years or more.
Couples include Robert Collier & Chuck Hunziker, Cheryl Lockwood & Cindy Binder and Bill Pease & Frank Fiorentino, each of which have been together for more than 25 years.
Following the parade, Pride continues at Lummus Park, between 10th and 14th Street, with exciting musical performances, an expo with LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, refreshments and a family-friendly play zone.
Stop by one of over 100 proud vendor booths including Equality Florida, Pridelines Youth Services, Wire Magazine and SunTrust Bank.
In addition to Miami Gay Pride itself, the LGBT community can participate in a plethora of ancillary events before and after Pride.
For further information, go to MiamiBeachGayPride.com
Miami Beach Gay Pride: Schedule of Events
Saturday, April 17, 2010
> Noon: Ocean Drive - 5th to 15th Street: 2nd Annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade
> Noon - 8 PM: Lummus Park, 10th to 14th Street: Pride Festival and Expo
> 1 PM - 7 PM: Pride Festival Main Stage Events. Great DJs, Renowned Entertainers and Special Guest Appearances
> 8 PM – Alliance for GLBTQ Youth Party. Miami Beach Community Church, Lincoln Road. Inviting our LGBTQ youth to celebrate Pride their way! Under 21 only.
Officially Sanctioned Pride Events
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
> Interfaith Pride Service, Unity on the Bay
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
> The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival celebrates Celluloid Pride. Poolside at the Raleigh Hotel, South Beach
Thursday, April 15, 2010
> Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce presents An Extraordinary Fundraiser benefiting Miami Beach Gay Pride 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
> Lincoln Road’s Pink Dollar Pride Night. Take your pride to South Beach’s famous all-pedestrian street and enjoy shopping, dining and great Pride discounts!
Saturday, April 17
> AIDS Walk Miami. Starting at Miami Beach Convention Center. Walk begins promptly at 9:00 AM. Post Walk Celebration begins at 10:00 AM
Saturday, April 17
> 8PM- ? Miami Beach Gay Pride After-Parties. Keep that great pride feeling going! Attend one of the officially sanctioned after-parties, with partial proceeds benefiting Miami Beach Gay Pride.
Monday, April 19
> Pride Cruise – A Celebration at Sea. Sailing Monday, April 19 – Friday, April 23. Take your pride from Ocean Drive, to the Ocean, aboard the Norwegian Sky