Proving that “Pride” is a feeling expressed year-round by the South Florida LGBTQ and allied community, Miami Beach Gay Pride will again present “Soirée,” the third annual VIP cocktail reception to raise funds to help produce the 2016 Pride parade and festival. The event will feature live jazz, premium open bar cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and will take place Saturday, November 14, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the newly renovated and reopened Miami Beach Women’s Club at 2401 Pinetree Drive.
In addition to mixing and mingling with Pride supporters to the sounds of a live jazz band, “Soirée” will feature live painting by local Miami artists with the artwork to be auctioned off by the end of the event. Soirée will also be the official “coming out” party for Pride’s new Executive Director Dave Cook as well as the debut announcement of Pride’s new “give back to the community initiative.”
“The essence of Miami Beach Gay Pride is that it’s a celebration of the LGBTQ community, for the LGBTQ community and our allies,” said Mark Fernandes, Pride’s Board Chair. “As the event’s popularity and participation have grown exponentially in seven short years, so have the expenses to produce it. We’re committed to keeping Pride a free event for the community and fundraisers throughout the year like ‘Soirée’ will help us continue to live up to that commitment.”
Celebrity hosts for Soiree include Lea Black, Roxanne Vargas, Craig Stevens, Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco, and Christine Klingspor. Community hosts are Edison Farrow, Cindy Brown, Billy Kemp, Luis Morera, Liebe and Seth Gadinsky, Scott Hauser, Tony Ferro, Tom Donall, Michael Gongora, Jim Tyrrell, Jason DiBiaso and Roger Thomson.
Tickets for the event are $100 with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Miami Beach Gay Pride. To purchase tickets, visit http://miamibeachgaypride.brownpapertickets.com.
Since its inception in 2009, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown from a neighborhood event to an event on the global stage with A-list celebrities such as Mario Lopez as Grand Marshal in 2015, Gloria Estefan as Grand Marshal in 2014 and Adam Lambert performing in 2013. Attendance has grown as well. An estimated 15,000 spectators turned out for the first Pride parade in 2009; an estimated 130,000 attended the event in 2015, which attracted not only South Floridians, but also visitors from throughout the world. In addition to Parade spectators, last April’s event included more than 65 parade contingencies, 35 floats and 2,700 participants. The Pride Festival which followed featured more than 100 LGBTQ-friendly vendors and businesses, plus refreshments, two stages of entertainment, a family-friendly play area and fireworks. Recently, Miami Beach Gay Pride was named one of the “Top 100 Events of the Year” for the second year in a row by BizBash Magazine and earned the Pink Flamingo Award as favorite multi-day event for the third year in a row.
For 2016, Miami Beach Gay Pride will become a full, three-day weekend, April 8 – 10, and will include a Friday VIP Reception, Saturday beach party and festival, and Sunday parade and festival. Miami Beach Gay Pride is produced with the support of the Miami Beach Visitors and Convention Authority. For more information, click here.