Every June, America’s LGBT community and its supporters come together for a month-long celebration of love, diversity, acceptance and unashamed self-pride. This month was chosen in commemoration of the Stonewall riots held by members of the LGBT community against a police raid in New York City on June 28, 1969; the “tipping point” for the gay liberation movement and impetus for the modern fight for gay rights. Across the country parades, demonstrations and events are held to honor and celebrate. Below are some of the best places and events to show your Pride this month.
Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade and Festival
Taking place on June 16, this event includes a parade, live music from local artists and DJs, and a street festival. With over 100 vendors and exhibitors, and food vendors and trucks, the Festival marketplace a fun way to spend the afternoon. Several of the area nonprofits and governmental agencies take part and provide a wide range of information and services to attendees. The Festival Marketplace opens at 4 p.m., with the parade beginning at 5 p.m. For more information: http://wiltonmanorsstonewall.com/
You can also join in on Wilton Manors’ Skate Night, occurring this month on June 20. Bring friends and family along for classic fun on quad skates in the Arena Roller Rink; $15 per person includes entrance, skate rental, festivities with $5 from each ticket going to benefit Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade & Street Festival. Each night will feature a Live DJ and Special Guest Appearances.
Palace, Miami Beach
Spend an evening at Palace on Miami Beach. Known for its drinks, music and food paired with world-renowned drag performances this popular spot on 11th Street and Ocean Drive is a staple for South Beach pride and a history of vocal support for gay rights. Every night has a different theme, and the bar hosts a variety of exceptional events throughout the year.
Join the Arsht Center June 10 at Thomson Plaza for a free evening of dance, drag, and live performances to celebrate Pride Month and sashay the night away. Featuring a special performance by Billboard chart-topping dance music queen Kristine W. the event will also include South Florida’s only LGBTQ-focused dance troupe, Pioneer Winter Collective, showing their piece “Reprise”, food and drink specials, and additional entertainment. View the event invite for additional event information and to RSVP for free.
Rosie’s Bar and Grill, Wilton Manors
This Wilton Manors institution is perfect for a drink, dinner and even a rowdy Sunday brunch—the kind that extends well into the evening. The culprit? Rosie’s wide assortment of cheekily named cocktails and colorful ambiance. Dance music is always playing, gay-culture knickknacks litter the walls, colorful lanterns light the outside patio, and a good-looking friendly staff serves your food and drinks with a wink.
Broken Shaker, Miami Beach
This hotel bar doesn’t subscribe to labels and is known for its eclectic crowd of locals and tourists. A fun place that’s casual enough for a weekday drink and quiet enough to allow for conversation, head to the Broken Shaker. Anything goes at this outdoor-indoor watering hole, offering a solid selection of cocktails and a beautiful garden that’s perfect for a date. At night the bar fills up, an easy place to meet before heading to other Miami hot spots or stay for the whole evening!