Fly that rainbow flag!
Over the next three days and nights, Miami Beach is gonna be totally flooded with gay pride as bears, twinks, lovely les ladies, trans babes, and legacy couples -- not to mention grand marshal Chaz Bono, one of the Pussycat Dolls, and futuristic pansexual divas on stilts -- celebrate the fabulousness of the LGBT community.
Check the cut for Miami Beach Gay Pride 2012's nine best parties.
Block Party . Friday, April 13, 8 p.m., MOVA Lounge, 1625 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach. Hosted by Edison Farrow, MOVA's Block Party is the best way to kick off the weekend. There's no cover charge, and cocktails cost $10 and Miller
Lite is $6. The party will feature DJs Bryan Zero, Brett
Henrichsen, and LaTrice Perry.
Latin Event. Friday, April 13, 10 p.m., The Well, 444 41st St., Miami Beach. Admission costs $8 before midnight and $10 after. Let DJ Pat Pat bring out your inner Latina at The Well. A little salsa and a touch of reggaeton will have you dancing la noche away.
Splash at The Pool With Pride. Saturday, April 14, noon, Surfcomber Hotel Pool, 1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets start at $25. If you're looking for a way to spend your day in the sun, this is it. DJ Roland Belmares hosts the poolside party.
MEGA Dance Event. Saturday, April 14, 10 p.m., Score, 727 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Admission costs $12 before midnight and $15 after. Dance the night away and celebrate at MEGA Dance. If you want to prep
for Sunday's parade, go-go girls and Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta are definitely
the way to do it. The event will also feature DJ GiGi.
URGE: The Official Miami Beach Gay Pride Saturday Men's Event. Saturday, April 14, 10 p.m., at Ice Palace Studios West, 71 NW 14th St., Miami. Limited early-bird tickets cost $35, prices will increase. Peter Rauhofer will join URGE resident DJ Abel at one of the biggest parties this weekend. The gorgeous venue's VIP cabanas and
multimillion-dollar gardens don't hurt either.
Photo by Felix Becerra
Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and Festival. Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m., Ocean Drive between 5th and 15th Streets, Miami Beach. Free. It's been about six years since we last heard of the Pussycat Dolls and JoJo. But if you wanna jam to "Buttons" and "Too Little Too Late" while celebrating the colors of pride, you're in luck. The 2012 festival features Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta as well as JoJo, Frenchie Davis, and Wynter Gordon. The all-day event also includes drinks, food, celebrity appearances, and features Parade Grand Marshal Chaz Bono.
Palace Presents: The Latin Stage. Sunday, April 15, 2 p.m., Palace, Ocean Drive at 12th St., Miami Beach. There's no doubt that Palace will be the hottest spot to party this weekend. The first and only gay bar on Ocean Drive will bring you beats
from DJ Charlie Rojas, DJ Theresa of Matinee NYC, and DJ Just Oliver. Plus, you don't want to miss the Palace divas' performances.
Wet and Wild Tea Dance. With DJ Citizen Kane. Sunday, April 15, 3 p.m., Highbar at Dream Hotel South Beach, 1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Summer is getting closer, which means the temperature is spiking. But don't sweat it 'cause we found the perfect way for you to cool off this weekend ... A wet T-shirt contest. The lucky winner gets $200, including cash and prizes.
Close out Pride weekend with Alyson Calagna.
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Miami Beach Gay Pride Closing Party. Sunday, April 15, 11 p.m., Cameo, 1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $25 and up. End your weekend in style with the Miami Beach Gay Pride Closing Party, hosted by Michael Stanley. The party features DJ Alyson Calagna, Power Infinity, Kevin Aviance, and Kitty Meow. It's gonna be fierce.