Based in Lummus Park and the Art Deco Historic District in South Beach, Miami Beach Pride hosted its eleventh festival and parade this weekend, with two days of free concerts and activations including Sunday performances by Tito Puente Jr. and Icona Pop.
Karla Croqueta, and a Sunday sunset dance party on the Bayside docks at the Standard Hotel.
Sunday's main event, the parade, kicked off at noon and stretched the length of Ocean Drive between Fifth and 15th Streets. With the road closed to traffic, sidewalks on either side were jam-packed with people celebrating South Florida's LGBTQ communities.
The crowd was a sea of multicolored wigs, rainbow flags, and whistles blowing in unison with the loud dance music pulsing from parade floats. Some wore hot shorts or fishnets, while others came out in full costume, dressed up as flamboyant fairies or neon superheroes. There was also no shortage of families and children decked out in Pride swag and graphic tees proclaiming "Love Wins."
Various groups and cultural organizations also showed their support by walking through the parade holding up their country's flags decked out in rainbow stripes, and banners proudly proclaiming "My kid breaks gender stereotypes with style" and "Love is love." American Airlines' float with a lone DJ and branded airplane tail was among the least impressive floats on display.
(F)empower and NY drag queen Rify Royalty, many guests both local and out of town opted to skip the parade altogether. New Yorkers commented on the sheer scale of their city's World Pride spanning the entire month of June in comparison to Miami's fest, and others noted Miami Beach's parade could use more creativity in designing and executing its floats.
Nonetheless, Miami Beach Pride continues to grow year after year, so much so that this year, Wynwood is launching its own Pride festival from June 21 to 23 at the Wynwood Marketplace.