Florida Pride 2023

Florida Pride 2023 — 12 great events to celebrate in June

Susan and Terry
Published: June 1, 2023

It’s June — Happy Florida Pride 2023! Get ready to celebrate at these 12 great places and events happening across Florida in June.

Each year, Pride Florida is celebrated throughout this month to to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. Events are taking place—and taking to the streets, too—all across the country and around the world this June “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.

With GayDayS back in Orlando and all manner of celebrations across the state, cities from Orlando to Key West are going all in on Florida Pride 2023. Read on and mark your calendar for 8 places to celebrate Florida Pride 2023. And get ready to rock your rainbow colors!

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 Pride Florida, throughout June

The City Beautiful has long been considered a top LGBTQ+ inclusive community, and Florida Pride 2023 celebrations will be happening all around Orlando throughout the month, including several are in remembrance of the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub seven 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 7th Annual CommUNITY Rainbow Run (June 3) 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.

The Seven-Year Pulse Remembrance Ceremony will bring together the the families of those whose lives were tragically taken, providing them a space to remember their loved ones in peace, and honoring all who survived, the brave first responders and the trauma teams who sacrificed so much to save so many.

GayDayS goes through June 5, with events at the theme parks and DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld as its home base. And One Magical Weekend, one of the largest LGBTQ+ pride and music festivals in the world, is back this year with five days (through June 5) of Florida Pride 2023 fun at and around Walt Disney World. Get ready to party at events like Riptide at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, RED Vol. VI: ROUNDUP at House of Blues, the WIG PARTY, three days of pool parties, three nights of CADABRA! featuring the sounds of the world’s best after hours DJs and much more. 

For more Pride events in Orlando, please click here.

The Grand Carnival and Silver Pride are premier events from Project Pride SRQ.

Project Pride SRQ, Sarasota, June 3 + 10

On Florida’s gorgeous Gulf Coast in Sarasota, Project Pride SRQ has two premier events to celebrate the city’s LGBTQ+ people, businesses and organizations. First up it’s the Grand Carnival on June 3 — an evening filled with live performances on the main stage by Ada Vox of “American Idol” and “Queen of the Universe,” and Zee Machine, nominated for Breakout Musical Artist at The Queerties Award. Then, on June 10, Silver Pride celebrates LGBTQ+ 50 years old and older with live music, food trucks, vendors and more.

Key West Pride 2023 gets the party started June 7. (photo credit: Gay Key West)

Key West Pride Florida 2022, June 7 – 11

Key West Pride’s five-day festival typically includes pool parties at guest houses and emporiums, drag shows by Key Wests’ top performers, a street fair on Duval Street, nighttime soirees at local clubs, a burlesque show and a lively “Rainbow Roast.” One special event this year is the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Sea-to-Sea Diversity Flag, which will be held June 7 at the Hard Rock Café on Duval Street.

Strut PRIDE arrives at The Tampa EDITION on June 9.

Strut PRIDE, Tampa, June 9

Strut PRIDE brings a glamorous evening of dancing and delights to The Tampa EDITION on June 9, headlined by RuPaul’s Drag Race’s fan favorite, Bosco. The five-star hotel in downtown Tampa celebrates Florida Pride 2023 all month long with Love is Love, a dedicated cocktail from which a a portion of the proceeds donated to The Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber Foundation to support their mission to advance growth and equality among the LGBTQ community and their allied networks.

Downtown Jacksonville is pouring on the pride in June. (Photo courtesy of Visit Jacksonville).

River City Pride, Jacksonville, June 9

Get out for great Florida seafood and camaraderie during the 5th annual Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Pride Night Event with River City Pride at the city’s ballpark. Jax holds its annual Pride parade in October to escape the summer heat, so check back in for more details as fall approaches.

Get out on the water to celebrate Florida Pride 2023 in Fort Lauderdale during FLoatarama on June 10.

Fort Lauderdale FLoatarama, June 10

Get out on the water to fly the rainbow flag during FLoatarama, a one-day official Stonewall Pride event that plays out on the waters surrounding Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, June 10. This is America’s biggest and best Pride on water!

Come for an all out celebration in true Florida style, complete with skimpy beach wear and a flotilla of LGBTQ+-themed boats as well as a waterfront Sailor’s Dance and Pool Party in the afternoon.

The floating fete starts on Fort Lauderdale’s centerpiece waterway, the New River, at Stranahan House and proceeds up the Intracoastal Waterway, with views of multi-million dollar mansions and downtown Fort Lauderdale along the way. If you don’t have a boat or a friend with one, hop aboard a charter vessel to enjoy the fun out on the water or grab a spot along the river to cheer everyone on.

Naples Pride, June 10

Naples celebrates diversity and unity, educates the community on LGBTQ issues to promote equal rights for all. The all-inclusive family-friendly Naples Pride event at Cambier Park is open to everyone and will feature entertainers, speakers, musicians, performers, vendors, exhibitors, activities for kids and food and drink.

Fernandina Beach Pride, June 10

The Fernandina Beach Pride Parade and Festival is back for another year. The two days (June 10 + 11) of Pride day kicks off with a parade before turning into a rainbow-filled party complete with live music, food trucks, arts and craft vendors and more. A Sunday Drag Bunch rounds out the weekend.

Stonewall Pride Parade & Street Festival, Wilton Manors, June 17

Somewhere around 50,000 people show up and show out for the Stonewall Pride Parade & Street festival in Wilton Manners a gay-friendly haven with a great neighborhood vibe just north of Fort Lauderdale. This year’s event on June 17 is a celebration of inclusiveness and the largest Pride parade in South Florida. Before the twilight parade that takes to the streets at 7 pm, check out the Festival Marketplace and enjoy the Pride Street Party that starts earlier in the day and runs until late.

The City of Sarasota joins in the celebration with Light Up the City, decorating street light poles and city storefronts in celebration of Pride month. Make a vacation if it, whatever you do, as the Saraosta area has some of Florida’s best beaches as well as some that are consistently ranked among the best in the world.

A Rainbow Run 5k kicks off Space Coast Pride’s celebrations.

Space Coast Pride, June 17 + September

Space Coast Pride begins its celebration on Florida’s east coast with the Rainbow Run 5k on Saturday, June 17, a family-friendly run that celebrates arts and culture with live entertainment, awards and swag. Wear your brightest rainbow colors and cross the finish line. Then, in September there’s Pridefest and Parade for a day filled with live music, food trucks and vendors, not to mention a colorful, fun-filled parade.

St. Pete lights up for PrideFest as part of Florida Pride 2023. (photo courtesy of St. Pete Pride)

St. Pete Pride Fest, throughout June

St. Pete Pride has grown from a small street parade to one of Florida’s biggest month-long celebrations of the LGBTQ+ community. Beginning with a kick-off party on June 2, the month’s festivities include karaoke parties, an exclusive museum reception, live music, comedy shows, LGBTQ+ Youth & Family Day and more. On the final weekend of the month, enjoy a special Friday concert, a colorful Saturday parade that draws tens of thousands to the streets and a Sunday street fair in St. Pete’s Grand Central District.

Florida Pride 2023 is celebrated throughout June at Lynwood Pride in Miami.

Wynwood Pride, throughout June

In its fifth year, the multi-day Wynwood Pride festival in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood features international headlining drag performers, DJs, state of the art production, a unique vendors market and a non-profit Community Village. More events will be added, so check the website for event details.

Happy, happy Florida Pride 2023 — from the Sunshine State to far beyond! 

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