When it comes to top gay destinations in the USA, Key West is a front-runner. Renowned for its strong LGBTQ community and 'One Human Family' philosophy, it only makes sense that Key West Gay Pride is always a popular, lively event! While we could say that every day in Key West is a pride day, the annual pride festivities take things to a whole new level. The One Human Family motto was coined by Art Director, JT Thompson in 2000, and it continues to be the philosophy that guides the attitude of locals in Key West, so how could we not expect Key West Gay Pride to be fabulous?
Yet long before this, Key West was a popular international and open destination, attracting the likes of authors such as Tennessee Williams and Ernest Hemingway in the 1930s and 40s. Additionally the LGBTQ flame of Key West has continued to burn bright, and was the first place in Northen America to elect an openly gay mayor in the 1980s. Today, Key West also has a gay police chief and many other gay or lesbian elected and appointed officials reinforcing the open and accepting spirit.
Key West Pride is a small but powerful event which usually takes place in June! Expect dance parties, drag shows, bike tours, water excursions, a street fair, pool parties and, of course, the main parade. The Miss Pride and Ms. Pride competitions are also a highlight! Everything normally lasts for a week, and features a host of different entertainment options that appeal to a range of demographics. So why not make this year the year you join the locals and celebrate pride on this tropical island in Florida?
Key West Pride 2020 dates are June 3 to 7, and as per usual you can expect a jam-packed schedule of queer-related events. After a week of festivities, everything culminates to what is arguably the highlight of Key West Gay Pride: the Pride Parade. The Key West Gay Pride Parade will transpire this year on Sunday, June 7 from 5pm. Things will kick off from Truman Waterfront, then travel down the iconic LGBTQ epicenter, Duval Street, before finishing up at South Street.
As well as the Pride Parade, there will be a series of events and special parties taking place over the course of Key West Pride. Another highlight of the week-long event is the Miss & Ms. Key West Pride 2020. This year, the event will be taking place on Thursday, June 4 at 801 Bourbon Bar, with doors opening at 7pm. The event is $10 entry, but trust us, it'll be worth it.
Wanting to start things a little earlier? On the same day, you can experience your pride in epic proportions at the Pride Pool Party, which will be kicking off at the Equator Resort from 1pm. Frolic with fellow pool-goers, and enjoy a cocktail or two in the Key West sun. Bear in mind, however, that this is a male-only event. Alternatively, those wanting to brush up on some comedy culture should pencil in the comedy show, 'Exposed', performed by Emmy Award winning actor & comedian Leslie Jordan.
Along with all this fantastic LGBTQ-related entertainment, most of the bars dotted along Duval Street will remain open, and will offer varied entertainment each night. This will give you a glimpse into local LGBTQ life in one of the most iconic LGBTQ streets of Key West. So are you convinced to enjoy a tropical island in the sun with pride? We thought so!