Gay Miami has some of the best beaches in the world, so it makes sense that the city’s celebration of LGBTQ life would be held right there, in front of the sea. This incredible beach pride has been taking place every year since 2009, and by the sound of things we can look forward to a jam-packed program of fun in the sun. Miami has always been a stronghold in terms of LGBTQ culture, and this was reflected in the city's inaugural Pride Parade in 2009, which welcomed an impressive 15,000 people. Since then, Miami Pride has grown healthily into the largest event of the year for the city, attracting an estimated 170,000 party revelers and welcoming plenty of A-list celebrities including Iggy Azalea, Jordin Sparks, Gloria Estefan and Adam Lambert.
What started as a small neighborhood event, has now transformed into a week-long global celebration, welcoming a host of international stars and a jam-packed program of entertainment. The highlight is arguably the incredible Pride Parade and Festival, which usually takes place on the last weekend of Miami Beach Pride, and includes a colorful parade along Ocean Drive, followed by an amazing post-parade festival on the beach - could things get any better? The festival lasts for two-days, and usually welcomes big-name DJs and live performers. Food and beverage options are also available, making this THE Pride event to settle into for the weekend! Family booths, expo areas, and family-friendly play areas also make the Miami Beach Pride Festival fun for everyone!
Miami Beach Pride is an annual celebration which aims to bring members of the LGBTQ community together to experience their pride, embrace diversity, and honor how far LGBTQ rights have come since the Stonewall Uprising of 1969. In 2008, the former Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower established Miami Gay Pride, with the very first event and parade transpiring the following year. Between 2009 and 2013, the number of people attending Miami Gay Pride increased from 18,000 to 80,000. It then jumped to 100,000 the following year, and has continued to surpass this every year since.
The following is the event program of another pride edition. Stay tuned for the 2021 program.
Please note that due to the global Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, Miami Gay Pride is postponed until further notice.
For 2020, the theme of Miami Beach Pride will be 'Let's Have a Ball', which salutes the organization's 12-year culture, along with South Florida's ball culture and its diverse LGBTQ culture. Event decor will feature geometric shapes, strong colors, and rich textures, and include popular beach motifs such as beach balls, volleyballs, palm trees, and art-deco culture.
Miami Pride 2020 dates are March 28 to April 5, and the highlight is the Pride Parade and Festival. For 2020, the parade and festival will kick off on the final weekend of Pride, April 4 and 5. The colorful Pride Parade will take place on Sunday, April 5, and start at 12pm from Ocean Drive from 5th to 15th streets. The whole Art Deco district of Ocean Drive will be shut to traffic, allowing the floats to pass and the crowds to gather and celebrate! The parade concludes at Lummas Park. To avoid missing out on a decent viewing spot, it's recommended to arrive early.
On Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5, Miami Beach Gay Pride will feature its iconic Pride Festival at Lummas Park, which will feature two stages welcoming world-class DJs, speakers, and entertainers. As well as an impressive line-up of entertainment, the Miami Gay Beach Pride Festival will offer refreshments and over 120 community booths (and lots of guys making a splash in their Speedos!). The line-up is yet to the released, however, from previous appearances such as Jordan Sparks and Betty Who, we assume this year will be just as good so stay tuned for details.
However, Miami Beach Pride is more than just the parade and festival. For nine days, the beach city will host a range of LGBTQ-related events catered to different tastes and demographics. In recognition of the attrocities that took place at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando in 2016, the fourth annual Pride the Lights will transpire at the Herzog & de Meuron Parking Garage on March 30, with the space illuminated in beautiful colors to pay tribute to the victims, families, and friends of the tragic event. There will also be the 8th annual Miss Miami Beach Pride Pageant taking place on March 31, the Miami Beach Pride VIP Gala on April 3, and of course the Ultimate Miami Drag Queen on March 28, where South Florida's most competitive Queens will vye for the title of Ultimate Miami Drag Queen and the chance to win $5000. There will also be a Voguing Ball, featuring Jason Rodriguez from the hit series, Pose!
A combination of great activities and beautiful weather - April temperatures in Miami can hit up to 28C - means the LGBTQ community from around the world are flocking in ever-increasing numbers to Florida for Miami Pride. In 2019 alone, Miami Gay Beach Pride welcomed a total of 145,000 people from all walks of life, making it a truly momentous event in Miami for the year. So, will we be seeing you at Gay Pride Miami 2020? Fun will be a given!