Characters Welcome: Palm Beach Pride Honors Local “Superheros”

Organizers of the 2010 PrideFest of the Palm Beaches plan to “supersize” the annual LGBT gathering in Lake Worth, March 27-28.

The popular festival, which begins with a parade through the streets of Lake Worth and ends at Bryant Park, regularly attracts thousands of LGBT residents from throughout Palm Beach County, as well as Florida’s Treasure Coast.

“PrideFest is about identity and positive representation,” explains Tony Plakas, executive director of Compass, Inc., the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of the Palm Beaches, the organization that presents the festival. “We want to honor the community heroes who have been true to themselves and others; making Palm Beach County one of the best places in Florida for all people to live.”


Comedian Christine O’leary, named one of the 50 funniest lesbians in America by Curve magazine and a recently-named honorary chairperson for the Gay American Heroes Foundation, will be headlining the program at the Bryant Park bandshell.

In addition to O’leary’s one-liners, organizers have put together a line-up of local and regional entertainers for the festival. On Saturday, the program will include a wide variety of folk rock, indie, Latin and soul music by Beetnick Castle, Tony Cruz, Shelina, Noa Tylo, and Bev McClellan of Swoop.

Sunday’s program, hosted by the “Queen of South Beach,” Adora, will feature Teri Catlin, along with local cover band Datura Street Band, Velvet Lenore and dancers, and Shelina with an English/Spanish salute to Celia Cruz, in addition to her current hits.

In addition to entertainment on the stage, festival-goers will be able to peruse more than 100 booths showcasing the food, jewelry, art and products of local and regional vendors and non-profit organizations.

PrideFest of the Palm Beaches, Lake Worth

Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28
Festival: Bryant Park, 12 noon – 6 p.m.
Admission $5 advance/$7 at the park

Parade: Sunday, March 28, 11:30 a.m.
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Note: Pets not allowed in Bryant Park