By: Liz Cepeda | Jan 20, 2018
The LGBTQ community is always at home on Miami Beach. Between the heavenly beaches, the hot gay clubs, parties and even Miami Beaches very own Hotel Gaythering, there is no city more welcoming to be found. But it’s the yearly Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival that really brings everyone together in a colorful celebration and parade.
The Gay Pride Festival has grown from a local neighborhood parade into a full-fledged extraordinary almost week-long extravaganza – held this year April 2-8th, 2018. About 15,000 people turned out for the first Pride parade in 2009 but that has grown to an estimated 180,000 expected in 2018. In addition to Parade spectators, last April’s event included more than 70 parade contingencies, 35 floats and 3,000 participants.
Picture incredible floats with feathered carnival-style dancers, wild hats, glittered costumes, painted faces, rainbow flags, and more down the world famous Ocean Drive. Stages are set up on the beach and you can expect performances from A-list celebrities as they have had in the past from Elvis Duran, Iggy Azalea, Jordin Sparks, Gloria Estefan and Adam Lambert. Get out your costumes, your colorful gay pride t-shirts and shiniest garb and get ready for a good time. Celebrate your pride with strangers who will quickly become your friends.
This year there will also be the second Pride Lights the Night: Tribute to PULSE where buildings throughout Miami will be lit with rainbow colors and flags in honor of the PULSE victims, their family and friends, to show solidarity and support for the LGBTQ community. Flags can be purchased at www.miamibeachgaypride.com/flags.
Did we mention that the parade is a contest and the winner gets prestigious recognition? For the sixth time, Miami Beach Gay Pride will be awarding the best entry in the parade for encompassing the most creative approach in the spirit of Pride. There is nothing like a little competition in the name of community to bring out the creativity in us all.
More Than a Parade
Miami Beach Gay Pride is more than just the parade and party. Miami Beach Gay Pride’s goal is to bring together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and their friends and supporters along with the whole Miami community.
It’s an area-wide cooperative that includes musical performances, celebrity appearances and more in the spirit of unity and in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBTQ community. Miami Beach's many clubs are full of special events for the weekend and bring in the best talent to get the crowd partying until the wee hours of the morning. From beach parties and hotel soirees to outdoorsy challenges like a 5k race, there are plenty of events no matter what your tastes and interests.
Miami Beach Gay Pride 2017 was named one of the “Top 100 Events of the Year” for the fourth year in a row by BizBash Magazine.
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