Miami Beach Pride Parade

Miami Beach Pride Parade

Miami Beach Pride Parade

Miami Beach’s Pride Parade

Miami Beach’s Pride Parade

pride street sign

Pride Street Sign

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By: Ian Maloney

Miami Beach’s Pride Parade Rolls Out the Rainbow Carpet

The 2020 Miami Beach Pride Parade will take place on Sunday, April 5 with more than 4,000 participants and 100 entries. An estimated 150,000 viewers will be on hand to watch as the parade passes by on Miami Beach’s famed Ocean Drive. Things will step off on 5th street with crowds lining the entire length of Ocean Drive on both sides of the street.

For the past 12 years, the beginning of April has seen Miami Beach’s LGBTQ community come together to show their pride. Miami Beach Pride started as a neighborhood event and a relatively “small” crowd of 15,000 people has grown into an international event and a nine day celebration jam packed full of action, culminating in a two-day festival on the sands of Lummus Park and a parade up Ocean Drive.

Pride Parade
Pride Parade

New events and activations, including a vogueing ball featuring Jason Rodriguez from the hit FX series Pose and a queer art pop up, celebrate South Florida’s diverse and creative LGBTQ+ community while nodding to Miami Beach Pride’s 2020 theme: “Let’s Have a Ball.”

This year, the parade and festival will be under the leadership of Rich Walczak, who comes to Miami following an amazing tenure working with the LGBTQ community. His experience with other pride organizations will be put to good use as he takes the helm of festivities here in South Florida. “Miami Beach Pride breaks attendance records every year,” said Bruce Horwich, chairman of the board of directors for the organization. “As our community grows and becomes more diverse, it’s our duty to develop programming celebrating all facets of our LGBTQ+ community here in Miami Beach and beyond. Rich Walczak brings the LGBTQ+ and international event management experience we need to achieve our goals in providing more inclusive and educational programming.”

Pride Police
Pride Police

Walczak will lead the production of the nine-day Miami Beach Pride celebration. Responsibilities include managing sponsorships, organizing the Miami Beach Pride Parade, planning the festival layout and coordinating volunteers, Horwich said. Walczak will also develop year-round programming, launch educational initiatives and collaborate closely with the LGBTQ+ community to create safe spaces for people to express themselves.

“It’s an honor to join a team that has helped make Miami Beach Pride such a successful and visible event,” Walczak said. “I hope to build off this success and begin to include year-round programming for Pride with a focus on educating and helping our LGBTQ+ community, as well as teaching people on the outside looking in about the issues we deal with on a daily basis. We want to celebrate our diversity, our differences and the things that make each of us unique.”

Pride Parade Romans
Pride Parade Romans

One of the most amazing things about the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade is the fact that so many different people are able to come together to make such an amazing showing for the LGBTQ+ community. It is by far the most colorful, happy, and uplifting event to take place on Ocean Drive.

Following the parade, at approximately 2 p.m., the opening ceremonies with Grand Marshals, celebrity performers and VIPs, city leaders and special guests commence. Stick around following the Opening Ceremonies for the second day of the Miami Beach Pride Festival with more food, more cocktails and more energy from two stages of international DJs, global and local performers, drag queens, and more, all culminating with an A-list headline performer and fireworks!

No one does Pride quite like Miami Beach and everyone is invited to come out to show your support for the LGBTQ+ community. Wear your rainbow colors or your skimpiest beachwear, or just come as you are. You’ll have the time of your life.

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