In case you missed it, Miami Beach Gay Pride hosted its extraordinary two-day event this past weekend which featured a beach party, festival and parade with more than 125 LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, exciting celebrities, musical performances, refreshments, food and a family-friendly play area.
Coming into its 6th year, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown into the largest, two-day event of the year in Miami Beach. Held the weekend of April 10, 2015 to April 12, 2015, the hugely successful event in 2011 attracted more than 40,000 people, in 2012 more than 60,000 people and in 2013 more than 80,000 people from all walks of life, all parts of the country, and all age groups.
This year, Emmy Award–winning host of the popular nationally syndicated entertainment program Extra, Mario Lopez presided over the 2015 Miami Beach Gay Pride parade and festival as Grand Marshal as he led Sunday’s big parade up Ocean Drive.
“I’m supportive of events like these and supportive for a lot of the issues that gay pride stands for,” says Lopez, longtime host of TV’s Extra. “A couple of cousins of mine, who I’m very close to, happen to be gay. Just to rally with them and the family. I’m very close with them and like to support when I can.”
According to a study Business Insider conducted in June 2014, Miami is the most liberal city in Florida. Though same-sex marriage is legal in Florida, there is still no statewide law preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation.