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8 places to celebrate Pride in Florida

Susan Barnes

June is here – Happy Pride! Each year, Pride is celebrated throughout the month of June to to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. Events are taking place all across the country – and indeed around the world – this month “to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally,” according to the Library of Congress.

Let’s take a look at 8 places to celebrate Pride in Florida.

Key West Pride 2021 kicks off June 2. (photo credit: Gay Key West)

Key West

Five days of celebrations kick off June 2 when Key West Pride 2021 begins with lunch at Marriott Beachside and and party at Island House. Additional events held through June 6 include a wine tasting, bartender competition, sunset sail and drag brunch, not to mention parties that will last well into the night. 

Cruise the waters during FLoatarama on June 12.

Fort Lauderdale

To kick off Pride events in Fort Lauderdale, the FLoatarama is scheduled for June 12 – 13: On the 12th, a flotilla of LGBTQ+-theme decorated boats are set to cruise the New River starting at the Stranahan House and ending with a raft-up in Sunrise Bay. And on the 13th, the Sailor’s T-Dance party will be held at The Sanctuary Church.

The Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors 2021 Parade, a celebration of inclusiveness and he largest Pride parade in South Florida, is scheduled for June 19 in Wilton Manors, just north of Fort Lauderdale. Before the parade, check out the Festival Marketplace and enjoy the Pride Street Party.

Palm Beach

Due to the pandemic, the Annual Palm Beach Pride event has been shorted from two days to one; the Palm Beach Pride Market will be held June 5. The family-friendly and pet-friendly LGBTQ+ event at Bryant Park will feature favorite Pride vendors with food, fresh produce, handcrafts and more.

Dogs can get in the fun of Sarasota’s Pride events at the Pride Pet Parade on June 13. (photo courtesy of Project PRIDE SRQ)

Sarasota

In Sarasota, Project Pride has a month’s worth of events to celebrate the city’s LGBTQ+ people, businesses and organizations. Events include a Pride car parade (June 5), Taste of Pride (June 6-19), Marauders Pride Night (June 11), PULSE Vigil & Dedication (June 12) and Pride Pet Parade (June 13). The City of Sarasota joins in the celebration with Light Up the City (June 6-19) and decorating street light poles in celebration of Pride month.

St. Pete lights up for PrideFest. (photo courtesy of St. Pete Pride)

St. Pete

St. Pete PrideFest, Florida’s largest Pride celebration, began June 1 with the official Pride flag raising at City Hall, and the sold-out kickoff reception is June 3. From then, four themed weeks celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. The weekends include events like Pride Run St. Pete: 5k and Diva Dash (June 5); We Are Family, a gathering of LGBTQ+ families and allies on the downtown St. Pete waterfront (June 12); Arts + Qulture with music, art and dance around every corner (June 19) and a Pride Picnic complete with fireworks (June 26). For a complete listing of events and to buy tickets, check out the St. Pete PrideFest calendar.

Artists Jennifer Kuhns and Cherie Bosela created the “Diversity Mural” in memory of the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, and all who suffer from discrimination. (photo courtesy of Luna Mosaic Arts)

Orlando

The Beautiful City has long been considered a top LGBTQ+ inclusive community, and Pride celebrations will be happening all around Orlando throughout the month, and many are in remembrance of the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub five years ago.

Through June 12, One Orlando Alliance is encouraging everyone to give Acts of Love and Kindness in honor of the lives lost on June 12, 2016. The 5th Annual CommUNITY Rainbow Run (June 5) is a 4.9K that honors the 49 people killed in the Pulse nightclub tragedy, survivors and first responders, and benefits the National Pulse Memorial and Museum and onePULSE Foundation. “Community: Five Years After the Pulse Tragedy” is hosted at the Orange County Regional History Center, and admission is free June 15-13. United We Dance (June 10) is a  night of music and dance to honor the 49 lives lost, Pulse survivors and first responders, and the resilience of the community.

On June 12, several events will be held to remember the Pulse victims: a Pulse Five-Year Remembrance Ceremony Livestream; 49 Bells, wherein people from all over the world are invited to solemnly ring a bell or similar instrument 49 times in recognition of the 49 lives lost; and Orlando United Day — A Day of Love and Kindness.

The Orlando Pride and Orlando City Soccer Club will remember those lost in the Pulse tragedy and celebrate love in Orlando at their “Mission Rainbow” and “Pride in Our City” matches (respectively, June 20 and 22).

For more Pride events in Orlando, please click here.
Note: Gay Days Orlando and One Magical Weekend have been postponed until 2022.

10 films highlighting the diversity of LGBTQ stories and storytellers will be shown during The Many Sides of Pride Film Festival June 3-6.

Jacksonville

Save the dates of June 3 – 6 for The Many Sides of Pride Film Festival in Jacksonville. Presented by The LGBTQ Community Fund For Northeast Florida, 10 films highlighting the diversity of LGBTQ stories and storytellers will be shown. Additionally, presentations from filmmakers, panel discussions with members of Jacksonville’s LGBTQ community, and moderated post-film conversations will be held.

Tallahassee

The state capital kicks off its monthlong Pride celebrations with a Pride Month Proclamation Celebration with Mayor Dailey at City Hall on June 3. Thereafter, myriad events are planned throughout the month, like Queeries in YA (June 8), Queer the DogPark (June 13), a 90s House Party (June 19), Pride Trivia (June 24) and a Pride Pot Luck (June 26). For more information, visit Tallahassee PRIDEFEST’s Facebook page.

Happy Pride! 

Note: Gay Days Orlando and One Magical Weekend have been postponed until 2022.

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