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Six Reasons We're Excited About Mario Lopez as Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade Grand Marshal

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A.C. Slater is about to earn his rainbow stripes.

Heartthrob, actor, and entertainer Mario Lopez has been named grand marshal of the upcoming Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade. An LGBTQ advocate, longtime supporter of GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), and a multifaceted performer extraordinaire, Lopez is a fitting choice to lead the annual bacchanal.

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6. This dance routine is perfect for the pride parade.

We need to see the entire parade doing the Slater -- an en masse song-and-dance number à la Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

5. So is this one.

Who else can pull off a leotard like this?! Really.

4. The man can parallel-park.

A must in Miami.

3. He's so Miami.

Those shorts! Those shades! Those moves!

2. He's the only man in history who could make a curly mullet and a Hawaiian shirt look good. Really, really good.

1. He cares, like, really cares about LGBTQ rights.

The dude has been working with GLAAD for many years, including participating in the group's "Amplify Your Voice" anti-gay bullying PSA campaign.

The Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade kicks off at noon Sunday, April 12, between Fifth and 15th streets on Ocean Drive. It will be followed by the Pride Festival, with live performances from four stages, community booths, and refreshments. Admission is free.

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