Renowned for its "One Human Family" philosophy of unity and equality, Key West is to welcome visitors to its annual Pride festivities Wednesday through Sunday, June 2-6.
Presented by the Key West Business Guild, events will showcase the diversity and welcoming atmosphere that make the southernmost city a top vacation destination for LGBTQ visitors.
“As we move forward with many exciting events for Pride 2021, we want to reassure our guests and participants that we’re planning a very safe celebration adhering to all the CDC’s current COVID-19 guidelines,” said Kevin Theriault, executive director of the guild, which has served LGBTQ visitors to Key West for four decades.
The 2021 festival schedule includes pool parties at guesthouses and emporiums, drag shows by Key West’s top performers, a street fair on famed Duval Street, nighttime soirees at local clubs, a burlesque-style show with an LGBTQ flair and a lively brunch served with drag performances on the side.
All Pride venue hosts are to provide hand sanitizer and require that attendees wear masks for entry and whenever they’re not seated at a bar or restaurant.
Key West Pride and Island House Resort will host an all-welcome kickoff gala at the 1129 Fleming St. resort from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 2. Planned attractions include complimentary Stoli cocktails, champagne and hors d'oeuvres.
Thursday’s highlights include a “spirited” competition for local bartenders at the Bourbon St. Pub, 724 Duval St., while Friday's schedule features 22&Co's bartending class from noon to 2 p.m. at 504 Angela St. The class touches on the history and ingredients of cocktails as well as expert drink-making instruction. The ticketed event is $60 and includes four drinks and a special "Pride shot" to cap the affair.
Among Saturday’s many attractions is the Pride Street Fair, set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. along the 700 to 900 blocks of Duval Street.
On Pride's final day, Sunday, June 6, revelers can enjoy the time-honored Key West Tea Dance slated from 4 to 6 p.m. at La Te Da at 1125 Duval St.
Following the Tea Dance, the Aquaplex at 711 Duval St. is to stage the Rainbow Roast, a 6 to 10 p.m. drag-themed dinner with traditional Hawaiian luau fare. Tickets are $100 per person and "Pride Hawaiian" attire is encouraged.
Wednesday, June 2nd
12pm – KWBG Pride Kick-off Luncheon @ Marriott Beachside
5pm – Key West Pride Kick-off Party @ Island House – All Welcome (until 8pm) FREE Stoli Cocktails, champagne and Hors-d’ oeuvres.
Thursday, June 3rd
1pm – Naked Pool Party @ Equator Resort (Men Only) No Cover Charge, Music by DJ Kyd, Hors d’oeuvres & Libations! Raffle – Including a 3-night stay & a 5-night stay @ Equator, $50.00 bar tab. Raffle will benefit the Key West Business Guild (a non-profit LGBTQ+ organization)
4-6 pm – Wine Tasting at D’vine Wine Gallery (At the Gardens Hotel) 20 % Discount on Wine bottle purchase
6:30pm – Fury Sunset Sail “Tea on the Sea” (check in at 6pm Opal Resort) Limited Tickets! To purchase a ticket click HERE
8:00pm – Key West Local Bartender Competition – @Bourbon Street Pub.
9pm – “ThursGays” – @ SideBar – Male and Female dancers and a DJ – All Welcome Pride Party
Friday, June 4th
12pm– Singles, Couples, & Thruples – Oh my! Naked pool party @ Island House (Men Only Event)
12pm– Bartending Class – @ 22 &Co! History of cocktails – Learn how to make 5 drinks – $60 per person.
8pm -“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” party@ AquaPlex, featuring DJ Mira (All Welcome Event)
9pm – Fetish Ball @ Saloon 1 (Men Only Event)
10pm– Glow Party @ 801 Bourbon (All Welcome)
Saturday, June 5th
10 am – 7pm Pride Street Fair (700 – 900 blocks Duval Street)
12pm – Pride Pool Party @ Bourbon Street Pub (All Welcome)
12pm – Kat’s “Are You Wet Yet Pool Party” @ Alexander’s Guesthouse featuring D.J. Rude Girl of WEOW 92.7 (All Welcome Party)
9pm – “Rainbow is my Favorite Color” – DJ Moses All Welcome Party @ AquaPlex
10pm – Purgatory Party @ Bourbon Street Pub (Men Only Event)
Sunday, June 6th
10am – MCC Church Pride Service
11am – Unity of the Keys Pride Service
12pm – Hot Naked Pool Party @ Island House (Men Only Event)
12pm – 5pm – Pride Drag Brunch @ Mangoes & Drag After Party $40.00 per person. Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets!
3pm-5pm – Drag Brunch After Party @ Mangoes (Drink Specials!!)
4pm-6pm – Famous Tea Dance @ Lateda
6pm –10pm “Rainbow Roast – Everybody gets Porked”@ AquaPlex Featuring DJ Mira. Tickets- $100.00 per person. Special Drag Queen performances & traditional Hawaiian Luau fare, with non-traditional entertainment. Pride Hawaiian attire/apparel encouraged!
For information, visit http://www.gaykeywestfl.com/pride/