Key West gets set for Pride

 

If it’s June, then it must be Pride month somewhere.

You know about gay pride, right? The month commemorates the riots that took place in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, a New York gay bar that had been raided by police.

That confrontation led to the modern gay rights movement, and gay communities around the world celebrate.

Of course, you don’t have to be gay to join the party.

But bars and other organizations are ready to have a blast in Key West.

Visit www.gaykeywestfl.com for a comprehensive list of events and updates.

Here’s a look at activities in the weeks ahead:

Pride Follies — 8 p.m. May 22, the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Pride Follies returns to headline this year’s PRIDE celebration presented by the Key West Business Guild. Fantasy Fest Queen Destiny Montgomery directs. 305-985-0433; www.thekeywesttheater.com.

Wednesday, June 2

 

Noon — Key West Business Guild Pride kick-off luncheon at Marriott Beachside.

5 p.m. — Key West Pride Kick-off Party at Island House. All are welcome (until 8 p.m.) Free Stoli cocktails, champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Island House is at 1129 Fleming St.

Thursday, June 3

1 p.m. — Naked Pool Party at Equator Resort (men only). No cover charge, music by DJ Kyd, hors d’oeuvres and libations. Raffle, including a three-night stay and a five-night stay at Equator, $50 bar tab. Raffle will benefit the Key West Business Guild (a nonprofit LGBTQ+ organization). Equator is at 822 Fleming St.

4-6 p.m. — Wine Tasting at D’vine Wine Gallery, at The Garden Hotel, 526 Angela St. 20% discount on wine bottle purchase

6:30 p.m. — Fury Sunset Sail “Tea on the Sea” (check in at 6 p.m. Opal Resort, 245 Front St.) Limited tickets. To purchase a ticket, visit fareharbor.com/ embeds/book/furycat/items/6794/availability/ 643308987/ book/?flow=839768 p.m. — Key West Local Bartender Competition at Bourbon Street Pub, 724 Duval St, Key West.

9 p.m. — “ThursGays” at SideBar, 504 Angela St., Key West. Male and female dancers and a DJ. All welcome Pride Party.

Friday, June 4

Noon — Singles, Couples, & Thruples — Oh my! Naked pool party at Island House, 1129 Fleming St. (men only).

Noon — Bartending Class — At 22&Co, 504 Angela St. History of cocktails — Learn how to make five drinks. Cost is $60 per person. Buy tickets at www.eventbrite.com.

8 p.m. — “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” party featuring DJ Mira at AquaPlex, 711 Duval St. (all welcome).

9 p.m. — Fetish Ball at Saloon 1, 504 Petronia St. (men only).

10 p.m. — Glow Party at 801 Bourbon, 801 Duval St. (all welcome).

Saturday, June 5

10 a.m.-7 p.m. — Pride Street Fair (700-900 blocks of Duval Street).

Noon — Pride Pool Party at Bourbon Street Pub, 724 Duval St. (all welcome).

Noon — Kat’s “Are You Wet Yet Pool Party” at Alexander’s Guesthouse, 1118 Fleming St., featuring D.J. Rude Girl of WEOW 92.7 (all welcome party).

9 p.m. — “Rainbow is my Favorite Color” — DJ Moses at AquaPlex, 711 Duval St. (all welcome party).

10 p.m. — Purgatory Party at Bourbon Street Pub, 724 Duval St. (men only).

Sunday, June 6

10 a.m. — MCC Church Pride Service, 1215 Petronia St.

11 a.m. — Unity of the Keys Pride Service, 1011 Virginia St.

Noon — Hot Naked Pool Party at Island House, 1129 Fleming St. (men only).

Noon-5 p.m. — Pride Drag Brunch at Mangoes and Drag After Party, 700 Duval St. $40 per person. Visit www.eventbrite.com for tickets.

3-5 p.m. — Drag Brunch After Party at Mangoes, 700 Duval St.

4-6 p.m. — Famous Tea Dance at La Te Da, 1125 Duval St.

6-10 p.m. — “Rainbow Roast — Everybody gets Porked” at AquaPlex, 711 Duval St. Featuring DJ Mira. Special Drag Queen performances and traditional Hawaiian luau fare, with non-traditional entertainment. Pride Hawaiian attire/apparel encouraged. Tickets: $100. Tickets at www.eventbrite.com. ¦

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