Photo by Chuck Coker
On an island that’s as “live and let live” and go with the flow as Key West, it makes perfect sense that we were one of the first gay destinations in the country. It’s also no surprise that Pride is a big holiday for us. After all, we do know how to do it up right. Where else do you get to carry the rainbow flag from coast to coast? That said, here are some of the Pride events you can’t miss:
This yearly beauty contest is one of our favorites every year. Here the beautiful ladies of 801 Bourbon (you might already know them by their nightly drag performances) get dolled up to compete for the title of “Miss Key West Pride.” Expect these ladies to pull out all stops while they work it on the runway.
Drag + Brunch? Yes, please. In honor of Pride, the gay nightclub Aqua is offering a breakfast buffet and a drag show in the afternoon. And with that comes bottomless mimosas and bloody marys until 1 pm. Count us in. Reservations are required in advance, so make sure to reserve your spot.
Key West has a gayer history than most realize. This trolley tour will open your eyes. Not only will you get to see iconic Key West sights, but you’ll get the gay backstory as well. Think special insights about Key West resident and literary icon Tennessee Williams, as well as poet Elizabeth Bishop, plus a few surprises.
This is the big one - and in our opinion one of the most beautiful representations of Pride in the country. Here the you’ll see the mile-long rainbow flag stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, held up by members of the Key West community. It’s a profound moment to witness in person.
Are you joining us for Key West Pride? The Gates Key West ensures you do Pride in style. Check our availability here. And to see a complete list of events, consult the Pride schedule here. Key West Pride runs from June 7-11, 2017.