Attending Pride can be meaningful for different reasons. For some people, it’s about owning their individual identities and expressing themselves. For others, it’s about helping the people around them feel comfortable and accepted. For everyone, though, Pride is overwhelmingly representative of love, and Pride in Key West is no different. Come out to the annual Key West Pride Week this summer and see it for yourself.
The festival happens every June in the intimate, coastal town, and members and supporters of the LGBTQ community come out in droves to have a good time. During the five-day event, there are parties, a street fair, community service opportunities and even events designed to celebrate the arts.
The Key West Pride normally kicks off with the welcome party. In 2019, it was held on Wednesday, the 5th, at the renowned Island House resort, and was followed by a series of worthy activities like the AIDS fundraiser, a film festival, a catamaran sunset party and a Pride fetish party. On Saturday, the 8th, there was the Key West Pride Street Fair, which was held all day long from 10-7pm, and was your chance to visit local vendors and grab some cool items to commemorate the festival! Then, on Sunday, the final day, you can enjoy the annual Pride Parade, which typically kicks off at 5pm and runs along the city’s most celebrated attractions like Duval Street and the Southernmost Point in the continental United States.
The festival typically runs the first week of June, so find your favorite multi-colored flag, grab your favorite and most supportive people, and head to town to enjoy yourself.
Also keep in mind all the great Hilton Hotels in Key West when you’re preparing for your trip! Hilton has great options ranging from resort-style arrangements, to beachfront properties, to cost-effective rooms designed with your budget in mind. Plus, they all come standard with great amenities like high-speed WiFi, an on-site fitness center, and on-site restaurants like the Sun Sun, which is housed at the dazzling waterfront resort Casa Marina Key West. Sun Sun is open every day until 11pm and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Garden Grille, which is housed at the Hilton Garden Inn Key West/The Keys Collection and offers fresh breakfast and dinner every single day.
Enjoy Pride, Key West!