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Miami Beach Pride 2025: Events, Parade, Route and Parties

Stefan Arestis
Miami Beach Pride 2025: Events, Parade, Route and Parties

Everything you need to know about attending Miami Beach Pride in 2025!

We love Miami Beach. Name us a world-class city with a gorgeous beach on its doorstop with an exciting gay scene.

There are few – perhaps the gay scene of Sydney and gay Barcelona are the only other two we've encountered on our travels.

Miami is a city where being fabulous is practically in the air you breathe. It is the epitome of gay glamour! And guess what? Miami Beach Pride is one of the crown jewels of Florida's LGBTQ+ community.

What makes Miami Beach Pride so special? Read on for more(!)…but in a nutshell, it's not only one of the biggest pride events in the world, but most of all, it's got a flair like no other. It unfolds along a beautiful beach with the ocean waves as its backdrop. That beach is the iconic 12th Street Beach – the official gay beach of Miami, also one of our favorite gay beaches worldwide.

To top things off, Miami Beach Pride has a terrific parade, gay pool parties, queer art exhibitions, and even a Social Justice, Health & Wellness evening.

Here's what to expect for Miami Beach Pride, which we recommend you read alongside our detailed gay guide to Miami.

Stefan and Sebastien from Nomadic Boys with rainbow fan.

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About Miami Beach Pride

Miami Beach has long been a haven and refuge for our LGBTQ+ community, dating back to the early 20th century. It wasn't until the 1970s and '80s that our fabulous community started to organize and assert its presence more openly.

The official roots of Miami Beach Pride can be traced back to the late 1980s when a group of LGBTQ+ activists and community members began organizing events to raise awareness and celebrate the local LGBTQ+ community. Thus Miami Beach Pride was born.

The defining moment was the introduction of the official Pride Parade. From its humble beginnings in 2009 when a mere 15,000 people gathered, it has today blossomed into a colossal celebration with a staggering 170,000 enthusiastic attendees. Pretty impressive, right?!

How many people go to Miami Beach Pride?

The 2023 and 2024 Miami Beach Pride were both super popular, attracting over 170,000 people. It is expected to grow and attract even more in subsequent years!

When is the Miami Beach Pride Festival?

The next Miami Beach Pride will take place on April 4-13, 2025.

What day is the Miami Beach Pride Parade?

The next Miami Beach Pride Parade will take place on April 13th, 2025. The Parade kicks off at midday and winds down the iconic Ocean Drive.

Miami has plenty of gay bars, clubs, hotels and businesses for travellers to enjoy
Stefan and rainbows are everywhere in Miami during Pride!

The Miami Beach Pride Parade route

This colorful and inclusive celebration of love takes place along the iconic Ocean Drive, which is nestled in the city's famous Art Deco district (imagine scenes from the movie, ‘Birdcage' to whet the appetite!)

The parade kicks off at midday but the streets start to pack out with eager spectators from around 10 am. Organizers set up special seating areas along Ocean Drive to ensure everyone has a comfortable spot and to control the crowds becoming too claustrophobic.

Our hot tip: get there early and try to get a sidewalk seat at one of the cafes that line Ocean Drive. For the latest up-to-date info, check out the Miami Beach Pride website.

Miami Beach Pride is one of the best gay pride events in the USA!
Miami Beach Pride Festival looking fun and fabulous!

Who can join the Parade?

Businesses and non-profit organizations can register to join the parade for a fee which depends on whether they want to simply march, use a car/truck, or bus/float. Check the Miami Beach Pride website for the latest pricing info, and registration.

Our advice is to wait till the end of the parade when the crowds converge, turning the streets of Miami Beach into one big gay glorious street party!

Miami Beach Pride Events 2025

Expect tons of epic parties: this is Miami and you know they're going to pull out all the stops! Aside from all the partying, there is also a range of cultural and not-to-miss art events:

Pride Flag Raising and Pride Lights the Night

A rainbow flag is raised at Miami Beach City Hall at 6 pm, which marks the start of the Parade. At 7:30 pm the Pride Lights the Night opening ceremony begins. The streets are lit up in rainbow colors and guest speakers and famous singers take the stage to inspire/entertain the crowds. The Pride Flag Raising and Pride Lights the Night both usually take place on the starting day of the festival.

Pride Family Picnic

Fun for the whole (rainbow) family! The Pride family picnic features fun activities for kids at Pride Park along with entertainment for the kids at heart. Think face-painting, bouncy houses, and more, in a relaxing, inclusive environment. The Pride Family Picnic usually takes place on the first Sunday (in the morning) of the festival.

Queer Art Showcase

At the stylish Moxy South Beach Hotel, we got to immerse ourselves in the Queer Art Showcase, where the nation's most talented LGBTQ+ artists took center stage. The soirée kicked off at 6:30 pm and served up an evening filled with creativity, culture, and camaraderie. Original artworks on display are available to purchase. Annoyingly we didn't have the suitcase space for it.

Whether it's captivating photography, mesmerizing paintings, exquisite sculptures, or heart-stirring poetry, you can show your love and support for these LGBTQ+ artists by purchasing their artwork. And the best part? One hundred percent of the proceeds go straight into the hands of local LGBTQ+ artists.

Miss Miami Beach Pride Pageant

The Miss Miami Beach Pride Pageant isn't your run-of-the-mill pageant from your childhood dreams. This fierce competition, hosted at the electrifying Exchange Miami, brings together the most fabulous drag queens from all across the nation for an all-night extravaganza.

The queens strut their stuff, flaunting their charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent!

It's a dazzling revue that will leave you gagging in amazement. These queens aren't just about looking good, they're about slaying in swimwear, delivering jaw-dropping talent performances, and exuding Pride from head to stiletto. Oh honey, we were LIVING!

Social Justice, Health & Wellness Evening

Miami Beach Pride's Social Justice, Health & Wellness Evening promises an enriching experience, likely featuring insightful discussions on LGBTQ+ rights and social justice issues, providing attendees with opportunities for meaningful engagement. It is an evening that fosters personal growth and collective advocacy.

The Pride Festival

The epicenter of the Pride festivities is the main Pride Festival, a thrilling two-day extravaganza held right in the heart of Lummus Park.

This is where the party truly comes alive, with multiple stages hosting sensational live music acts and DJs that will have you dancing 'til dawn. And here's the cherry on top – it's completely free to attend!

The Pride Festival takes place on the final two days of the festival.

If you're in Miami during Pride then you have to experience the incredible pride parade and all the colourful entrants!
Photo courtesy of AP Photo & Video

Gay parties during Miami Beach Pride 2025

As well as the main pride events, there are plenty of fabulous gay parties taking place throughout Miami Beach during this period, many at our favorite gay bars and clubs in Miami. But here are some more specific parties to check out:

Fun Dip Pool Party

Miami Beach Pride makes its grand entrance on April 6th with a splash at the iconic Clevelander Hotel right on the legendary Ocean Drive. Dive into the festivities at Tito’s Vodka-sponsored Fun Dip Pool Party. Get ready for an afternoon of non-stop excitement with electrifying DJ performances that will have you grooving from noon till dusk. It's the ultimate way to kick off this fabulous Pride celebration!

VIP Beach Affair

Miami Beach Pride's grand finale weekend begins with a star-studded bang! The night comes alive with a sensational evening of entertainment. You'll have the exclusive privilege of getting a sneak peek at the Pride Festival in Lummus Park. Other highlights include food prepared by iChef, and an open bar. It's a glittering colorful soirée that (in Seby's words) “sets the stage for a ravishing spectacle of fun and frolics!”

For the fiercest drag queens competing, head to the Miss Miami Beach event
Photo courtesy of SRL Media Inc

Where to stay during Miami Beach Pride

If you're visiting Miami for Miami Beach Pride then you'll want to stay as close to the action as possible! These are our favorite hotels for being close to the events and the beaches, but there are even more gay hotels in Miami to check out if you need more options.


AxelBeach Miami South Beach – Adults Only

The art deco AxelBeach Miami is definitely the most fabulous gay hotel to stay at in Miami

In a nutshell

  • Adults-only “hetero-friendly” gay hotel
  • Fabulous pool, spa and gym
  • Awesome private beach
  • Prime position for Miami Beach Pride

Axel, a name synonymous with gay travel, is particularly beloved among gay men seeking a lively vacation experience. AxelBeach Miami, an adults-only and “hetero-friendly” hotel, enjoys an ideal location just a leisurely two-minute stroll from the beach, including a private section reserved for AxelBeach guests.

What sets AxelBeach Miami apart from its counterparts in destinations like Gran Canaria or Berlin is its unique ambiance. Housed within a charmingly converted 1940s mansion, it exudes a more bohemian vibe.

True to the Axel brand's ethos, AxelBeach Miami revels in uninhibited enjoyment, as evident when you flip over your “Do Not Disturb” sign to reveal a cheeky “Please Disturb” message instead. Whether you're a solo traveler seeking exciting encounters or a couple looking to add some spice to your getaway, AxelBeach offers a welcoming haven for indulging in a little extracurricular activity at any hour of the day!

The hotel's expansive communal pool area proves to be an excellent spot for people-watching and mingling with fellow travelers. Additionally, AxelBeach boasts a splendid spa area and a well-equipped gym, perfect for those keen on working up a sweat.

Prices at AxelBeach Miami South Beach start from $189 per night:


Hotel Gaythering

Hotel Gaythering is the coolest gay exclusive hotel in Miami with an incredible spa

In a nutshell

  • Gay men-only boutique hotel
  • Hot and steamy spa facilities
  • Gorgeously designed rooms
  • Free bikes for guests to use

Gaythering, as the name implies, is unmistakably a haven for gay men looking to unleash their inner desires and indulge in an unforgettable experience. A subtle hint can be found in their current photo campaign, which features some of the world's most renowned gay adult film stars. It's a clear indication that this boutique hotel is the ultimate destination for those seeking a liberating escape – among other things!

This gay-exclusive establishment goes beyond the ordinary, boasting a clothing-optional spa area complete with enticing amenities like a steam room, sauna, and inviting hot tub.

At its core, Gaythering is a spirited party hotel that radiates an electric sensuality, evident in every facet, from its decor to the diverse clientele it attracts. It's a vibrant and welcoming place where men of various shapes, sizes, and backgrounds come together for unforgettable and, shall we say, exhilarating encounters. Even the room design adds a touch of spice, with generous beds and seductive dim lighting that seem plucked from the set of an adult-rated movie.

Situated in the heart of Miami Beach's vibrant gay scene, Gaythering serves as the go-to choice for many during White Party Week, a November fundraiser for HIV/AIDS charities renowned for its extravagant gay parties. Of course, you'll also only be a hop skip, and a jump away from the fabulous Miami Beach Pride events as well!

Prices at Hotel Gaythering start from $115 per night:


The Betsy Hotel

A hotel bedroom with a bed set into a wall framed by built-in shelving housing sculptures and books making it look very homey.

In a nutshell

  • Stunning beachfront hotel on Ocean Drive
  • Courtyard and rooftop pools plus direct beach access
  • Spa, fitness center, and sunrise yoga
  • Excellent on-site restaurant and bar

This fabulicious high-end beachfront hotel is all about serving style on a silver platter while wrapping you in a cozy embrace of comfort. And talk about location, it's right smack in the heart of all the Pride festivities. You might even be able to watch the parade without leaving the hotel, as it's located on Ocean Drive!

This place isn't just fabulous on its own; it gets even gayer during Pride. They don't just throw shade; they throw a fabulous event called “Pride Poets Light the Night,” putting their dazzling spin on the Pride Lights the Night event.

The courtyard and rooftop pools just scream luxury. You can soak up the sun like the diva you are while sipping on your cocktail of choice. If you're feeling a little extra, there's a spa and fitness center ready to pamper you to perfection, or you can take part in sunrise yoga that's as serene as it is Instagram-worthy.

Feeling the need to work off last night's fabulous soirée? Fear not, because they've also got a state-of-the-art fitness center complete with sleek Peloton bikes. If you're looking for a bite to eat, LT Steak & Seafood is a swanky American steakhouse right in the lobby. Sip on some signature cocktails at the Lobby Bar and feel like a true jet-setter. And for those moments when you need a pick-me-up, the Carlton Room Café has your back, serving up divine coffee beverages to fuel your fabulous adventures.

Prices at The Betsy Hotel start from $426 per night:

Plan your stay during Miami Beach Pride

We've put together some handy hints and tips to help you plan your trip to Miami Beach Pride. Read on to find out everything the gay traveler should know before they go.

Travel insurance: We never travel without the security of travel insurance and recommend you do the same for your trip to Miami Beach Pride. You just never know when a missed flight or lost luggage will derail all your plans, but at least with travel insurance, you are covered. We've been using Heymondo Travel Insurance and always recommend them as they provide excellent coverage at an affordable price. It's also easy to make a claim online if you need to.

How to get there: Obviously, if you're already in the US then you can drive, or catch a bus or a train to Miami Beach, but if you're coming from further away then you'll most likely be flying into Miami International Airport. We usually like to organize a private airport transfer to get us from the airport to our accommodation in Miami Beach, there's nothing worse than trying to juggle luggage on public transport, and this way we can be whisked in air-conditioned comfort straight to our hotel!

Getting around: Miami has a public transport system consisting of the Metrobus, Metrorail, and Metromover (an elevated train) however, the city is quite spread out so you'll probably still have to walk quite a lot, especially if you're staying in Miami Beach. We found hiring a car the most convenient way to explore all corners of the city and get to the beaches!

Accommodation: We love using to find more accommodation options in Miami Beach, as they have all the best choices and many listings offer free cancellation if needed. They also have excellent 24/7 online customer support, in case you ever need help with your booking.

Sightseeing and adventure: For more fun activities and tours in Miami, we also love GetYourGuide. They have so many exciting things to see and do compiled in one place, along with online customer support available 24/7. We also recommend Miami and Beaches for assistance in planning your trip to Miami.

When to visit: Obviously, if you want to see the Miami Beach Pride Parade then you'll want to visit around April 14th. Since there are Pride events from April 5th we do recommend coming a little earlier if you want to experience it all though!

Safety tips during Miami Beach Pride

On the whole, Miami is a very gay friendly city and you should feel very safe during a fabulous event such as Miami Beach Pride. Nowhere is perfect though, so we've put together these tips for ensuring you stay safe while enjoying everything Miami Beach Pride has to offer!

  • Just like anywhere in the world, be aware of your surroundings, especially at a busy event like Miami Beach Pride. Traffic can be different from what you are used to and obvious tourists are always seen as the easiest pickings for thieves. This event can be very packed and a crowd is the best camouflage for someone who might do something nefarious…
  • Avoid excess drinking and the use of substances. It's far more likely that you will be taken advantage of, scammed, or even robbed if you are intoxicated. Sure, have a few drinks and a good time, but if you're going to get wasted, it's probably better to do that in a familiar environment.
  • Don't wear valuables in public. Pickpockets operate everywhere, and the flashier your belongings, the more attractive you are as a target. Not to mention that a big excited crowd means lots of targets who might not notice a sly little pickpocket. Leave your valuable and important items in your hotel safe so that even if you do find something missing, hopefully, it won't be anything too irreplaceable.
  • Invest in a good money belt. It's always better not to carry too much cash or credit cards anyway, but having a good money belt that hides under your clothes is another way to ensure nothing goes missing and you can just let loose and enjoy the festivities.

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Stefan Arestis

Hey everyone, I'm Stefan, the curly-haired Greek flavor behind the gay travel blog Nomadic Boys. Together with my other half, I have explored more than 90 countries across 5 continents. What I love most about traveling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends, learning new cultures. I've written about LGBTQ travel in numerous online publications such as Gaycation Magazine, Gaycities, Gay Times and Pink News as well as for other non-gay-specific publications including Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post. Check my full bio here.