The LGBT community has always felt welcome at Miami Beach. All year there are beaches popular with the gay crowd, nightclubs and venues, parties and more, but it’s the yearly Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival that brings everyone together in a colorful celebration and parade.
In sunny mid-April every year, the Gay Pride Parade is the largest single-day event of the year on Miami Beach. In 2011, there were more than 40,000 people spectators and by 2013 that number had grown to 80,000.
Imagine floats with feathered carnival style dancers, men in high heels in the High Heel Race along side the floats, wild hats, glittered costumes, painted faces, rainbow flags, vintage cars and more down the world famous Ocean Drive. Get out your costumes, your colorful attire, your gay pride t-shirts and silly sunglasses and get dressed up for a good time. Celebrate your pride with strangers who will quickly become your friends. Stages are set up on the beach and in the area and performances from top-notch artists get the crowd dancing. There are more than 125 vendors alongside the parade.
Did we mention that the parade is a contest and the winner gets prestigious recognition? Get your float together and register to strut your stuff for the chance to win! Participants are judged based on Spirit of Pride, originality, audience engagement and photo. Get loud and proud and put your competitive shoes on!
In 2013, the parade marked the 5th annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and had more than 15,000 participants. The 2013 Grand Marshal was American Idol winner Adam Lambert.