The People of Wynwood Pride 2019

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Karli Evans
Wynwood Pride's inaugural weekend took over the Wynwood Marketplace on NW Second Avenue, June 21 through 23, for a flamboyant weekend of Pride programming and events. The lineup featured a stacked three-day schedule of performances from local drag queens and performance artists, plus out-of-town headliners Pabllo Vittar, Ivy Queen, Poppy, and Dorian Electra. Miami legend Miss Toto returned to host a festival funhouse, which lit up between sets with rounds of Celebrity Death Match, pitting local queens as celebrities competing against one another in the ring.

Following some controversy surrounding how the Wynwood Pride festival has been organized and branded — largely that it calls itself a "Pride" event but functions more like a music festival — local queer performance artist Kunst staged a one-person protest in front of the festival's entrance for five hours on Saturday, June 22. They stood on the corner of NW 23rd Street and Second Avenue exclaiming, "Pride was a riot, not a capitalist spectacle!" next to a stitched staff of hand-printed signage and pamphlets explaining how "queer liberation is a class struggle." Photography by Karli Evans.