Becomes Sponsor of NY Pride Fest
The City of Miami Beach, still beaming with pride after a hugely successful Miami Beach Gay Pride event two weeks ago, is packing its rainbow flag and heading to the Big Apple as one of the sponsors of nYC Pride on June 27.
Sometimes considered Manhattan’s “sixth borough,” Miami Beach intends to show new Yorkers that visitors need an extra hour each day of the week to experience one of the most accepting and diverse cities in the world.That’s the message behind the city’s “Miami Beach Proud 25/7” nYC Pride theme.
“In addition to our white powder beaches, world-class shopping, non-stop nightclubs and five-star dining, Miami Beach has a long and strong history of acceptance and progressive attitudes toward the LGBT community,” said City Manager Jorge M. Gonzalez. “We’re proud of our reputation as a top destination for LGBT travelers, and we’re also proud of our nearly two-decade history of supporting LGBT residents and businesses—including our domestic partner- ship registry, a Gay Business Development Committee, and one of the strongest human- rights ordinances on record of any city.”
For the nYC Pride parade, Gonzalez said the city will participate by fielding a street team, led by legendary drag diva Miss elaine Lancaster, and complete with a large banner and body-painted marchers harnessed to giant “Miami Beach Proud 25/7” balloons. Members of the street team will also interact with spectators along the parade route and distribute “Proud 25/7” fans, temporary tattoos and sunscreen samples, all designed to remind the expected 1.5 million spectators that there’s so much shopping, dining, staying, playing and discovering in Miami Beach, they’ll need an extra hour each day when they visit.
One of those spectators will be Miami Beach resident James Keith Buehner, who won the “Proud 25/7” drawing at the Miami Beach Pride expo tent. In addition to round-trip airfare, Buehner and his guest will be treated to VIP status at nYC Pride’s “Dance on the Pier” immediately following the parade.
Finally, for those who want to share their favorite “Proud 25/7 moment”—whether from new York or Miami Beach—the city is hosting a Facebook photo contest where the winner will receive a two-night stay and spa treatments from the Shore Club.
To enter the photo contest, log onto Miamibeach25-7.com, click on the Facebook link at the bottom of the page, and upload a photo to the Miami Beach 25/7 fan page.
For more information on NYC Pride, visit nycpride.org.