Key West Pride festival. (Photo credit: Florida Keys News Bureau)
Key West Pride festival. (Photo credit: Florida Keys News Bureau)
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Key West Pride celebrates unity and equality

2Renowned for its ‘One Human Family’ philosophy of unity and equality, the subtropical island of Key West is to welcome visitors to its annual Pride festivities from 5-9 June.

Scheduled 2019 festival highlights include the 2019 Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic challenge, live concerts, an intriguing trolley tour of Key West’s gay heritage and hotspots, pool parties, film screenings, a lively street fair and pageants to select Miss and Ms. Key West Pride.

Highlights include pageants to select Miss and Ms. Key West Pride. (Photo credit: Florida Keys News Bureau)
Highlights include pageants to select Miss and Ms. Key West Pride. (Photo credit: Florida Keys News Bureau)

On Wednesday 5 June at 5 p.m., Key West Pride will join up with the annual Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic to kick off the five-day festival.

During the cocktail challenge, regional winners from LGBTQ bars in 14 North American cities compete to create an original Key West cocktail that best personifies the island’s ingenuity and diverse culture.

The finale takes place on 8 June on an open-air stage on Duval Street, the centre of nightlife in Old Town Key West, hosted by Stoli’s LGBTQ ambassador Patrik Gallineaux and ‘Real Housewives of Dallas’ star LeeAnne Locken.

Celebrity performers and judges at the cocktail contest’s final round are to include acclaimed comedy writer and actor Bruce Vilanch, recording artist Debby Holiday, former ‘American Idol’ finalist LaToya London, cabaret star Jennifer McClain and Key West female impersonator Sushi.

Key West Pride’s 2019 highlight concert stars Steve Grand, an openly gay artist whose second album, not the end of me, reached the number 2 slot on the iTunes pop chart and the top 10 on Billboard Magazine’s independent album chart. The show is set for 8 p.m. Friday 7 June, at the Key West Theater.

The 'Sea to Sea Rainbow. (Photo credit: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/H0)
The ‘Sea to Sea Rainbow. (Photo credit: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/H0)

Pride’s final day, Sunday 9 June, is underscored by the all-welcome 2019 Pride Parade showcasing a 100-foot section of Key West’s famed 1.25-mile-long sea-to-sea rainbow flag, created in 2003 by the late Gilbert Baker.

Beginning at 5 p.m., the parade will travel up Duval Street from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. Afterwards, parade participants and spectators can enjoy the Key West Tea Dance at La Te Da on Duval Street.

Out Of Office (020 7157 1570, www.outofoffice.com) has a seven-night holiday to the Florida Keys from £1,295 per person. Price is based on return international flights from London airports to Southern Florida, car hire for the duration, three nights’ accommodation in Upper Keys and four nights in Key West. Based on two adults sharing on a room-only basis. Valid for travel in June 2019.

For more information on the Florida Keys: www.fla-keys.co.uk

Written by QWEERIST editor

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