Miami Beach celebrates 16th annual Pride festival (includes video story)

Miami Beach showed its true colors at this year’s Pride Parade on Ocean Drive Sunday.

The event began in 2009 with celebrities such as Mario Lopez, Gloria Estefan and Adam Lambert. This year’s grand marshal and headliner was Billy Porter.

This celebration of arts and culture included a two-day festival and parade, featuring special events, family-friendly community activities and social mixers.

The events started on April 2. Some featured plans were the Miss Miami Beach Pride Pageant, Pride Flag Raising Ceremony, Pride Lights the Night, Social Justice Health and Wellness, and two days of the festival and parade.

These past two weeks represent a lot for the drag community as well. 

“I love Miami Pride because we can share with everyone what it means because people think that being gay is a little dark, weird, but you know it’s all just fun,” said Victor Frida, an attendee. “You can come here and have a fun time.”

Daniela Zulueta is a FIU Alumni at Florida International University who graduated with her bachelor's in digital broadcasting and media and holds an associate degree in journalism from Miami Dade College. She loves Miami and aims to share the stories of the citizens who live here and all over the world. After her studies, she wishes to pursue a career in the entertainment field.

Parsa Sadjadi specializes in video editing, graphic design and videography. He also loves a good adventure where he can find good stories.