Plentiful Ways to Celebrate Pride in The Palm Beaches

May 17, 2021

Celebrate pride in The Palm Beaches with these fun and fabulous experiences that add to the charm of America’s First Resort Destination®.

The Palm Beaches may not be as well-known as some of its neighboring regions, but there’s a benefit that comes with that. This is a quieter, classier escape, with fewer crowds, less traffic and unmatched appeal — especially when it comes to celebrating LBGTQ+ Pride, whether you’re here in June or anytime throughout the year.

Shop the Palm Beach Pride Market

The artsy bohemian town of Lake Worth Beach is typically home to the annual Palm Beach Pride event – a gated, two-day festival with a parade. While this year’s event looks a bit different due to COVID-19 precautions, there’s still a celebration happening. On Saturday, June 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bryant Park, explore the open-air, free, family- and pet-friendly Palm Beach Pride Market. The market will feature an array of vendors selling artisan goods, prepared foods, fresh produce, plants, gourmet meals and treats, handicrafts and more.

Palm Beach Pride in Lake Worth Beach
A previous Palm Beach Pride event in Lake Worth Beach; photo courtesy of The Compass Community Center

Lake Worth Beach is also home to The Compass Community Center, one of the largest gay and lesbian community centers in the southeastern U.S. Nearby, you can explore a multitude of galleries, street murals, Matthews Brewing Company, cultural institutions and more. Don’t miss the Mad Hatter Lounge, an LGBTQ+ neighborhood staple, or Work it Wednesdays at Propaganda, a local entertainment and music venue.

Colorful and Compelling Entertainment at Arts Garage

Arts Garage in Delray Beach is a vibrant community arts and entertainment venue that embraces inclusion, creativity and fun. This June, its Marshall Family Foundation Gallery is featuring Pride & Celebration: Through Hardship to the Stars. This art exhibit honors and celebrates the courage of the LGBTQ+ community as they face tremendous risks in their struggle for equity. This free and open-to-the-public exhibit will be on display throughout June on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from noon - 5 p.m.  There will also be an open reception to meet the artists Friday, June 4 from 6 - 8 p.m. (cash bar available).
 
You can also time your visit to be wowed by the venue’s Garage Queen series. Showcasing some of South Florida’s most lively and talented drag queens and female illusionists, “Garage Queens: Fierce, Fabulous, Divine” returns on select Friday nights in 2021; July 30 and October 29 are the remaining dates. All shows begin at 8 p.m. and are hosted by the exquisite Ariel Rimm-Chanel. Tickets begin at $25, and virtual tickets are available for just $10.

Snap a Photo at a Pride Intersection

West Palm Beach recently revealed its first LGBTQ+ Pride crosswalks in Northwood Village at Northwood Road and Spruce Avenue. The intersection’s four crosswalks are painted with red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet stripes, reflecting the six colors in the traditional Pride Flag. In celebration of Pride Month, Boynton Beach and Delray Beach will also be unveiling similar projects at prominent intersections in June, both featuring the additional colors of black, brown, light blue, pink and white to represent people of color, trans and non-binary individuals, and those living with HIV/AIDS. Boynton Beach’s new public art will be found at East Ocean Avenue and 1st Street SE at the end of its Town Square district. In Delray Beach, you’ll find the intersection mural at Northeast 2nd Avenue and Northeast 1st Street in the Pineapple Grove Arts District.

Planned Pride crosswalk in Boynton Beach
Rendering of the planned crosswalk in Boynton Beach; photo courtesy of The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council (PBCHRC)

Attend a Lecture at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

The Boca Raton Museum of Art will be hosting an identity-focused installment in its Conversations that Matter lecture series. This program delves into issues and ideas that impact the local community with thought and art leaders coming together to discuss and provide insight into important topics. On Sunday, June 6, from 3 - 4 p.m., this session will examine the intersection of portraiture, various forms of expression and LGBTQ identity. It will feature Dr. Nicole Morse, Director of the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at FAU; Misty Eyez, Director of Women’s Services and Transgender Services at SunServe; and Roberto Navarrete, visual/performance artist and educator. To assure health and safety, limited and spaced seating is available only by reservation in advance online. All COVID-19 safety protocols are observed.

Stay in Style at The Brazilian Court Hotel

Tucked away on Palm Beach Island, seductively hidden amongst multimillion-dollar mansions and curtains of cascading bougainvillea, The Brazilian Court Hotel provides an intimate atmosphere with luxurious touches for an unforgettable Palm Beach experience. With the property’s honeymoon package, LGBTQ+ couples are invited to celebrate their honeymoon or special occasion at the iconic boutique retreat where they’ll stay in an exquisite one-bedroom suite and enjoy a dozen chocolate-dipped strawberries from Café Boulud, champagne, rose-petal turndown and concierge service. For more information or to book, go online or call 561.655.7740 or 800.552.0335. The offer is valid year-round, based on availability; restrictions apply.

The Brazilian Court Hotel exterior
Photo courtesy of The Brazilian Court Hotel

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