The Gay8 Festival, in Miami’s Little Havana, unites Latino pride and LGBT+

Gay8 Festival (Gay Eight) is an annual community celebration LGBT+ of Miami, which focuses on the cultural diversity of this vibrant group. For a whole day the epicenter Latin of the city, the historic neighborhood of the little havanais transformed with live music, art, food and entertainment, in an inclusive and egalitarian spirit.

The festival started in 2017 as a way to bring residents together queer and their allies in a positive and relaxed atmosphere, meeting and fun. The event takes place in an area that is itself a symbol of diversities – national, ethnic – and has a rich cultural history thanks to generations of immigrants. Gay8 shows the city as a welcoming place for all people, regardless of their sexual or gender orientation.

On Sunday, February 19, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., this event Latin will extend for three blocks of SW 8th Stfrom the SW 14th Ave to SW 17th Ave. The famous Eighth Street it becomes a pedestrian promenade for the whole day.

The great Latino LGBT+ event will span three blocks of the famous Calle Ocho in historic Little Havana. (Gay8 Festival)

One of the highlights of Gay8 Festival are the scenes of live musicfeaturing a mix of local and national performances, emerging as well as established artists.

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The festival is also a platform for Miami talent to showcase their work, with a variety of exhibits, installations, and interactive experiences throughout the event. In addition, it has a first-rate line of kitchen stations, offering a wide range of dishes and drinks to enjoy while taking in the sights and sounds of the party.

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The festival was born as a way to bring together the LGBT+ community in South Florida. (Gay8 Festival)

Although the main meeting of Gay8 Festivalon Calle Ocho, will take place on Sunday the 19th, the celebration will begin on the night of Saturday the 18th in CubaOcho, a mix of art gallery, bar, nightclub and cultural center. will be a kick off party to —precisely— kick off the celebration with music, food and occasional cocktails. The entertainment will be in charge of the salsa Nic N’Taya and there will also be a dance competition.

The festival as such will start on Sunday at 11 in the morning. Among the most outstanding activities of the Latino LGBT+ meeting is the stage Bacardiwhich will feature artists such as Leslie Cartaya, They are crazy and lena burke. He too DJ Alex Gutierrez he’ll be mixing music all day.

On the stage First Horizon you can enjoy dancing queena tribute to ABBA. Starting at 4 in the afternoon, the male dance partywith the DJs Alex Ramos, Glovibes and Joe Pachecoplus a special guest.

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The “Macho Dance Party” is one of the most anticipated activities of the event. (Gay8 Festival)

There will also be a stage dedicated to wigwood, the most important drag event in Miami, which concluded on February 5: starting at 1 in the afternoon, the queens will go into action. There will also be various DJs, poetry, and even an amateur drag show.

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Gay8 Festival will also present free movies on the tower theaterwill have a Doggie Village with an obstacle course for dogs, the competition Best Miami Sandwichesfashion shows and many other acts and talents.

Other events around the LGBT+ Latino gathering will include a cigar lounge, historical walking tours and dance parties.

Art will also abound in Gay8 Festivalsince some of the best painters and sculptors of the south florida They will mark the day with stalls that will exhibit their works.

Partygoers wait all day to make sure they don’t miss the famous troupe, the official closing of the event. Don’t miss your chance to join thousands of people as they dance past the float that will take off for the main stage at 9:30 p.m.

Image of the Gay8 festival troupe, on Calle 8 in Little Havana, Miami.
The famous Comparsa, with a float included, will be the event that will officially mark the end of the event. (Gay8 Festival)

He after party it will take place in El Santo Restaurant & Don Diabloat SW 16th Ave and Calle Ocho, starting at 10 pm.

Gay8 Festival it’s more than a celebration of Miami’s LGBT+ community; it is also a political statement from a city with a great weight of the Latino and Hispanic. The event allows the collective to meet and advocate for their rights and for greater visibility in society. The activities aim to educate the public about the experiences and challenges LGBT+ people face and promote a message of inclusion, love and equality for all.

Another important aspect of the Gay8 Festival is its commitment to create a safe and welcoming space for all attendees. Similarly, it is also accessible to people with disabilities, with adequate parking, restrooms, and accommodations.

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Gay8 Festival is a family event in which people of all ages can participate. (Gay8 Festival)

The festival has grown in popularity each year, drawing visitors from all over Miami and beyond, and becoming the largest Hispanic LGBT+ event in the USA. It is a testament to the power of the community and the importance of visibility.

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Gay8 Festival 2023

Where: Calle Ocho, between SW 14th Ave to SW 17th Ave, Miami, FL 33135

When: February 19, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

How much: free, VIP passes from USD 125 to USD 150


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