Friday, April 15, 2011
Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and Festival this weekend
Miami Beach Gay Pride and Festival, the largest single-day event of the year in Miami Beach, kicks off this weekend with an all-star line-up that includes Bravo's Andy Cohen as this year's Grand Marshal.
Numerous celebrities and VIPs will join more than 66 entrants and 1,200 participants marching in solidarity as the parade steps off at Noon.
The parade, which will travel Ocean Drive from 5th to 13th Streets, will be followed by an enormous festival with exciting celebrities and musical performances, 125 LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, refreshments and a family-friendly play area..
Continuing her long-standing support of the LGBT community, DJ Tracy Young will be a special guest in the parade fresh off her recent guest appearance on "The Real Housewives of Miami." Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower and several of the city's commissioners and staff will ride atop a specially designed float and many of the entries in the parade will echo this year's "Super Hero" theme of empowerment.
Another highlight of Pride will be a salute to "Legacy Couples" – committed LGBT partners who have been together for 20 or more years who will march and ride together in recognition of their commitment and in affirmation of marriage equality.
Last year the all-day festival attracted more than 35,000 people.