Gay Pride Miami Beach 2023: Events, Parades, and Dates to Celebrate
Miami Beach Pride is a legendary celebration of LGBTQ+ life, culture, and community - and The Sagamore is in the middle of it all. Our tropical paradise is known for having one of the most inclusive LGBTQ+ communities in the world! Here are the need-to-knows about the 15th annual Miami Beach Pride (March 31 - April 16, 2023), plus the hottest events to drop in on while you’re living it up.
“Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.” - Jason Collins, retired NBA player and first openly gay male athlete to play in U.S. professional sports.
Pride brings together members of the LGBTQ+ community and their friends, allies, and supporters in celebration of their unique spirit and culture. Show your Miami Beach Pride with fun rainbow gear as you partake in two weeks of special events, social mixers, family-friendly community activations, and an incredible two-day festival culminating in an epic parade along Ocean Drive. Miami Beach will be decked out in ‘rainbow’ too. Colorful flags and window displays pop up all over Miami to show support and solidarity for the LGBTQ community.
“It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.” - Laverne Cox, transgender woman, actress, and LGBTQ advocate
Pride is jam-packed with events, but we’ve rounded up the best of the best.
Miami Beach Pride Events:
Pride Flag Raising Ceremony
March 31, 6 p.m.
Kick it all off at the Pride flag-raising ceremony at Miami Beach City Hall alongside city officials including Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, the Pride committee, and the police department.
Pride Lights the Night
March 31, 7:30 p.m.
The annual Pride Lights the Night will again honor Pulse nightclub and Club Q victims, survivors, and their families. Rainbow colors light up the sky, as participating venues project LED light or digital projections on building exteriors. See special guest speakers, a string trio, and officials flip the giant light switch at Euclid Oval (600 - 700 Lincoln Rd.).
Miss Miami Beach Pride Pageant
April 4, 7 p.m.
Scintillating drag queens fight to be crowned at the 10th annual Miss Miami Beach Pride Pageant at Exchange Miami. The competition will be hosted by Miami Beach Pride's own legendary queen Tiffany Fantasia and RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Malaysia Babydoll Foxx. Past Miss Miami Beach Pride winners Athena Dion, TP Lords, Joanna James, Mhi'ya Iman Lepaige, and Estephania St. Lords will also be performing.
Pride Movie Night
April 6, 7 p.m.
Just steps from The Sagamore at the Rooftop Cinema Club on Lincoln Road, Pride will be hosting a special movie night featuring La Revanche des Crevettes Pailletées (The Shiny Shrimps Strike Back). The over-the-top comedy/adventure/musical French flick is about a water polo team who get stranded in Russia while flying to compete in the Gay Games in Tokyo.
VIP Beach Affair with Sanda Bernhard
April 14, 7 p.m.
Actress, singer, comedian, author and LGBTQ+ icon Sandra Bernhard will host this special VIP event. This is for those who want the ultimate early access to the festival. Also on the bill: Grammy winner and Emmy-recipient Albita, 2023 Grand Marshals Jonathan Bennett, Jaymes Vaughan, and Jazzmun, an open bar, VIP viewing platforms, and light bites by Executive Chef iChef.
Miami Beach Pride Festival
April 15 & 16, 8 a.m.
Visit the Pride Festival Village in Lummus Park for two full days of an all-out party featuring vendor booths, food and cocktails, surprise performances, and a stacked lineup of world-class DJs and celebrity entertainers. Featured personalities include Todrick Hall, Shangela, and more.
The AT&T Entertainment Stage and TD Bank Stage is where you’ll find most of the action, but don’t forget about up-and-coming local talent at the Capital One Café Community Stage, the Gilead Trans Pride Pavilion highlighting trans-centered exhibitors, performers, and DJs, and the all-women DJs pavilion at the Demesmin & Dover Garden of Eve (women only!).
Looking for a calm, safe space during festivities? The Lawn at the Calming Pavilion will be set up during the entire festival for those who need a quiet retreat.
Popular boozy favorites like Jack Daniels, La Crema Winery, Vizzy Hard Seltzer, and Molson Coors will have their own activations, and the whole festival culminates in the Grand Finale Drone Show. The visual spectacle features more than 100 drones that will light up the night to choreography and music.
Miami Beach Pride Parade
April 16, 12 p.m.
Get loud and be proud at the Pride Parade, the main event of Miami Beach Pride. More than 3,000 Pride-goers march along Ocean Drive, with nearly 140,000 spectators anticipated. Arrive early to stake out a spot to see the floats, cheerleaders, drag queen performers, and more standing together in solidarity.
These are just the major events - Miami Beach Pride offers a wealth of LGBTQ-centered shows, parties, celebrations, and more. View the entire schedule here.
“All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.” - Harvey Milk, American politician and first openly gay elected official in the history of California
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