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?
For full details on Key West Gay Pride 2022, be sure to check out the official event program. Happy Pride!
Key West Pride 2021 dates are June 2 to 6, and as per usual you can expect a jam-packed schedule of queer-related events. While certain restrictions and safety measures will be enacted in line with the Covid-19 pandemic, you can still expect a host of pride-related fun this year at Key West Pride. The highlight of the event will be the Pride Street Fair, which will take place on Saturday June 5 from 10am to 7pm, so be sure to come to this event with ample energy and pride enthusiasm. All the action will be taking place at the 700–900 blocks Duval Street.
Along with the much anticipated Pride Street Fair, Key West will be delivered loads of other entertainment for Key West Pride 2021. Party enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice on Friday June 4, with two different clubbing events, including the Glow Party at 801 Bourbon and the male-only Fetish Ball at Saloon 1 1. Along with these events, soak up some local atmosphere at Pride Drag Brunch at Mangoes, which will be taking place on Sunday June 6 from 12pm to 5pm, along with the Famous Tea Dance, which will also run on the Sunday from 4pm to 6pm at Lateda.
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! Full details on the program for Key West Pride 2021 can be found on the event's official website.