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Stoli® Vodka Honors the Legacy of LGBTQ Bartenders in the Movement for Equality, Kicks Off Fourth Annual Key West Cocktail Classic Competition

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

PR Newswire
Stoli® Vodka Honors the Legacy of LGBTQ Bartenders in the Movement for Equality, Kicks Off Fourth Annual Key West Cocktail Classic Competition
Mar 01, 2017, 08:57 ET

4-27-2013 3-29-19 AM

NEW YORK, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/—Today, Stoli® Group USA, LLC in partnership with the Key West Business Guild, is returning to New York to kick off the world’s largest annual LGBTQ bartending competition, the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic. Now in its fourth year, the competition will feature more contestants, participating cities and charitable donations than ever before.

In addition to recognizing the talents of the industry’s top LGBTQ bartenders, the Cocktail Classic celebrates the role that gay bars have played in the movement towards equality as original community centers. The competition will culminate in Key West, FL, a diverse and accepting city with a thriving LGBTQ community.

The world’s largest annual LGBTQ cocktail competition, The Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic, returns for its fourth year, showcasing the creativity and talent of mixologists and bartenders in the LGBTQ community. Seventeen regional finalists will compete for the 2017 Cocktail Classic Champion title at the Grand Finale during Key West Pride 2017.
The world’s largest annual LGBTQ cocktail competition, The Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic, returns for its fourth year, showcasing the creativity and talent of mixologists and bartenders in the LGBTQ community. Seventeen regional finalists will compete for the 2017 Cocktail Classic Champion title at the Grand Finale during Key West Pride 2017.
The Fourth Annual Key West Cocktail Classic finale is generously being hosted and judged by actor and musician, Jai Rodriguez, and past as well as returning celebrity judges include president of the Harvey Milk Foundation, Stuart Milk; writer and Emmy Award-winner, Bruce Vilanch; American Idol’s Latoya London; fashion designer and nightlife personality Andrew Christian; and Key West’s drag queen star, Sushi.

“Every year we look forward to bringing together the people, charities and business that make up our extraordinary LGBTQ community,” said Patrik Gallineaux, Stoli’s National LGBTQ Ambassador and Brand Manager. “While our mission is to recognize the most talented and innovative bartenders, community will always be at the heart of Cocktail Classic. It has been a privilege to support and grow together over the years.”

A maximum of six LGBTQ trade staff and/or allies from 17 cities across North America will be selected to create an original cocktail using Stoli Vodka as their primary ingredient. A panel of judges and 100 eligible audience members will evaluate each cocktail based on taste, balance and presentation, as well as each bartender’s authenticity, knowledge, and creativity in presentation and performance.

The finalist from each regional competition will win a six-day, all-inclusive trip to participate in a week of events and celebratory entertainment culminating in the grand finale during Key West Pride 2017. In addition to being named the 2017 Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic Champion, the winner of the final event will ride in the Key West Pride Parade as Honorary Grand Marshall and receive:

$12,500 grand prize for a pre-selected charity of his/her choice;
a victory celebration and charity check presentation at champion’s home bar hosted by Stoli Vodka;
and an all-expense paid exclusive Stoli Vodka destination event
The first runner up to the 2017 Champion will also receive $2,500 for their chosen charity.

“Stoli’s work through the Key West Cocktail Classic is an example of how companies can use their resources to make a difference both large and small,” stated Matt Hon, Executive Director of the Key West Business Guild. “From the charitable monetary donations to general awareness, the Cocktail Classic has significantly impacted our local community by becoming a destination event for the city of Key West. In 2016, we saw tourism and revenue increase by 20-percent on the island during Pride!”

The 2017 Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic Tour Schedule:

Kick Off: New York, NY: Boxers – March 1
Dallas, TX: Round-Up Saloon – March 6
San Diego, CA: Rich’s – March 22
Los Angeles, CA: The Abbey – March 25
Denver, CO: Hamburger Mary’s – March 27
Atlanta, GA: Swinging Richards – March 30
Miami, FL: Score – April 5
New Orleans, LA: Oz – April 12
Philadelphia, PA: Franky Bradley’s – April 18
Washington, D.C.: Nellie’s Sports Bar – April 24
Chicago, IL: Sidetrack – April 26
Dayton, OH: MJ’s on Jefferson – May 1
Boston, MA: Club Cafe – May 4
Toronto, ON: Gladstone Hotel – May 11
Portland, OR: CC Slaughters – May 16
Vancouver, BC: Numbers Cabaret – May 18
Northern California (San Francisco): Club 21 – May 22
Finale: Key West, FL: Bourbon St. Pub– June 10
Last year’s Champion, Rocky Collins from the Round-Up in Dallas proudly competed for DIFFA/Dallas and which raises funds for organizations that support education programs, treatment and direct care services for people living with or impacted by HIV and AIDS. Rocky also won a matching $5,000 donation to the Wesley House Family Services in Key West, an organization he represented on behalf of the Key West Business Guild. Rocky’s winning cocktail and presentation best embodied the spirit of the Key West community and the heart of the competition. Named ‘The Key West Kitty Kat,’ Rocky’s original Stoli cocktail is made with 2 oz. Stoli Vanil, 2 oz. coconut simple syrup, 1.5 oz. pineapple juice, 0.5 oz. key lime juice, coconut cream, grenadine, cinnamon and garnished with a pineapple slice and served over ice.

For more information about the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic including how to apply, rules, guidelines and the full schedule of events, visit http://www.out.com/keywestcocktailclassic.

About Key West Business Guild

The mission of the Key West Business Guild is to promote LGBTQ travel to Key West through marketing and the promotion of specialty events; to support gay-owned, gay-managed, and gay-friendly businesses; to strengthen the Gay community’s position within the local community by supporting relevant LGBTQ issues. The KWBG was founded in 1978 by 8 local gay business owners and has grown to approximately 400 members, which work together to continue efforts to brighten the rainbow over the island, an island now known as Gay Key West. Promotion of events, such as Key West Pride, Tropical Heat and Womenfest, has made Key West a year-round LGBTQ travel destination. For more information visit www.kwbgonline.org.

About Stoli Group, USA
Stoli Group USA, LLC is a U.S. importer and marketer of alcoholic beverages, headquartered in New York City. Stoli Group USA is a subsidiary of SPI Group based out of Luxemburg, one of the world’s most dynamic wine and spirits organizations. Formed in 2013, Stoli Group USA’s current portfolio of brands includes the Stolichnaya® brand of premium vodkas and Stoli Ginger Beer, ultra-premium elit®Vodka, Louisiana-distilled Bayou® Rum, artfully designed KAH® Tequila, Achaval-Ferrer™ from Argentina, and Arinzano wines of Spain.

Media Contact:
Patrick Rizzuto
Golin for Stoli Group, USA
T. +1 212.373.6015
PRizzuto@golin.com

Bruce Vilanch In Provincetown August 20 – 22 With The Skivvies

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Bruce Vilanch and Nick Cearley, Lauren Molina (aka The Skivvies) and special guests will be in their underwear Aug 20-21-22 in Provincetown. They may even be walking in their undies during the Carnival Parade on Aug 20

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Bruce Vilanch Master Of Ceremonies At Portland Pride This Weekend

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

KGW.com
Portland Pride Festival downtown this weekend
by Sara Roth, KGW.com Staff
Posted on June 13, 2014 at 3:10 PM
Updated today at 11:41 AM

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PORTLAND – Members and allies of Portland and Southwest Washington’s LGBTQ communities will gather Saturday and Sunday at Tom McCall Waterfront Park for the Portland Pride Festival.

It was a little less than a month ago that a judge struck down Oregon’s gay marriage ban and same-sex couples regained the right to marry, making this celebration even more joyous for festival-goers.

Comedy writer Bruce Vilanch is this year’s Master of Ceremonies for the festival, which will feature music acts, the Trans March, a block party, and the annual Pride Parade.

The waterfront park festivities were scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The parade kicks off Sunday at 11 a.m., when thousands of people will participate in the march through downtown.
To participate, you must register to walk. There are no same-day signups.

Streets along the parade route will close to traffic during the march.

Bruce Vilanch To Headline PrideFest Milwaukee Friday June 6

Friday, June 6th, 2014

PrideFest Milwaukee returns through Sunday
Fri. June 6, 2014 12:02 PM | by GoPride.com News Staff

4-27-2013 3-29-19 AM

Milwaukee, WI — PrideFest Milwaukee opens Friday, June 7 at 3 p.m. for what has been dubbed the nation’s largest showcase of LGBT talent.

The three-day weekend headliners include Bruce Vilanch and Chad Michaels on Friday, June 6; Chicago-area native Steve Grand, Mary Lambert, Big Freedia, and Macy Gray on Saturday, June 7; and Lisa Lampanelli and Sandra Bernhard on Sunday, June 8.

They will be joined by nearly 100 national, regional and local performers on eight stages throughout the Summerfest grounds. Chicago’s Scarlet Bar takes over the popular dance pavilion on Friday, June 7 at 6 p.m.

“We truly believe PrideFest Milwaukee offers something for every visitor,” said Kate Sherry, festival co-producer. “This year, we’re thrilled to host a dynamic mix of musical, comedy, and drag performances that reflects the diversity of LGBT culture and community. We’re honored to have access to such stunning talent—and our showcase continues to grow every day.”

Single-day admission prices will be $13 in advance, $16 at the gate. Single-day VIP passes, which includes access to the exclusive VIP Deck, will be $100 in advance, or $225 for the three-day weekend. Organizers noted ticket prices remained the same as last year.

Festival goers will have the option of adding $1 to their ticket purchases to support the American Civil Liberties Union in their critical battle for marriage equality in Wisconsin.

PrideFest Milwaukee is June 6, 7 and 8 on the Henry Maier Festival (Summerfest) Grounds. For more information, tickets or to volunteer, visit pridefest.com.

Related interviews: Macy Gray | Mary Lambert | Sandra Bernhard

Entertainment Schedule:

Day 1: Friday, June 6 (3 p.m. – midnight)

3 p.m. Fusion Radio – Dance Pavilion

3 p.m. DJ Mr. Fingers – Rainbow Stage

3:30 p.m. Ritchie “Rich” St. James of Rayvn Entertainment Presents 2014 Turn About Show – Miller Lite Mainstage

4 p.m. DJ Leo – Dance Pavilion

4 p.m. Spitfire/DJ Boogie Rainbow Stage

4 p.m. Elena Garcia – Wom!nz Spot Cafe

4 p.m. Sweet Music – Wom!nz Spot Lounge

5 p.m. Thank Goodness It’s Pride (TGIF at PrideFest) – Community Center Loft

5 p.m. Trannika’s Most Wanted – Dance Pavilion

5 p.m. Pridefest 2014 Opening Ceremonies – Miller Lite Mainstage

5 p.m. DJ Eleazar – Rainbow Stage

5:30 p.m. Miltown Kings – Miller Lite Mainstage

6 p.m. Trannika Rex (host) – Dance Pavilion

6 p.m. DJ Katy (DJs of Scarlet) – Dance Pavilion

6 p.m. Astor Stree Dance Studio with Salsabrosa – Milwaukee Gay Arts Center Stage

6 p.m. Cordj Sjerman with Butterfly and The Line Dance Junkies – Rainbow Stage

6 p.m. Alyce Hart – Wom!nz Spot Cafe

6 p.m. The Remedies – Wom!nz Spot Lounge

6 p.m. Youth Area Dance Party – Youth Area Stage

6:30 p.m. Interfaith Religious Ceremony – Health and Wellness Stage

7 p.m. Laugh @ the Loft, featuring Alex Corona and Tanya Atkinson – Community Center Loft

7 p.m. Bruce Vilanch (Emcee) – Miller Lite Mainstage

7 p.m. Rodney Poe/DJ Ultimate – Rainbow Stage

7 p.m. Eliza Hanson – MGAC Stage

7:15 p.m. Chad Michaels – Miller Lite Mainstage

7:30 p.m. DJ Luna (DJs of Scarlet) – Dance Pavilion

7:30 p.m. Jordin Baas – MGAC Stage

8 p.m. Lezy Dezy – Community Center Loft

8 p.m. DJ Blade – Rainbow Stage

8 p.m. Rocket Paloma – Wom!nz Spot Cafe

8 p.m. Amanda Suckow – Wom!nz Spot Lounge

8 p.m. Jordin Bass – MGAC Stage

8:30 p.m. Cream City Cabaret – Miller Lite Mainstage

9 p.m. The Upside – MGAC Stage

9 p.m. Roxie Beane – Community Center Loft

9 p.m. DJ Scotty T (DJs of Scarlet) – Dance Pavilion

9 p.m. Shanna Marie/DJ XXL - Rainbow Stage

9 p.m. Eryn Woods – Wom!nz Spot Lounge

9:45 p.m. BJ Daniels Revue – Miller Lite Mainstage

10 p.m. Elena & Saborinque – Community Center Loft

10 p.m. ReVamped Dance Company – MGAC Stage

10 p.m. Conversations – Wom!nz Spot Cafe

10 p.m. Lashes & Stashes – Wom!nz Spot Lounge

10:30 p.m. Cazwell with Traver Rains – Dance Pavilion

Day 2: Saturday, June 7 (noon – midnight)

12 p.m. Fusion Radio – Dance Pavilion

12 p.m. The Acoustic Orchard featuring Malori Reichenberger – Miller Lite Mainstage

12 p.m. Conversations – Wom!nz Spot Cafe

12 p.m. Conversations – Wom!nz Spot Lounge

12 p.m. DJ Kimberly – Rainbow Stage

12:30 p.m. A Show of Circus Skills, Magic Tricks and Laughs! – Children’s Stage

1 p.m. Corky Morgan – Miller Lite Mainstage

1 p.m. Post DOMA Planning: How Changes in Federal Law Affect Your Family – Stonewall

1:15 p.m. AIDS Network: Act Ride – Health and Wellness Stage

2 p.m. How to Grow Your Family Seminar – Children & Family Stage

2 p.m. Lady Gia’s Milwaukee Revue – Dance Pavilion

2 p.m. City of Festivals Mens Chorus – Miller Lite Mainstage

2 p.m. Building Stronger Ally Relationships – Stonewall

2 p.m. Karen Muehlbauer – Wom!nz Spot Cafe

2 p.m. Nadia Geiger – Wom!nz Spot Lounge

2 p.m. DJ Tonya – Rainbow Stage

2:15 p.m. Tamarind Tribal Belly Dance – Health and Wellness Stage

3 p.m. Shane Ashton – Miller Lite Mainstage

3 p.m. Drag Makeover with the Miltown Kings – Stonewall

3:15 p.m. Diverse & Resilient “It’s About Us” – Health and Wellness Stage

4 p.m. DJ duo AJ Dubbz and Carla Starla – Dance Pavilion

4 p.m. The Nearly Deads – Miller Lite Mainstage

4 p.m. Feminine Gender Presentation by Ashley Altadonna and Laura Ann Stuart – Stonewall

4 p.m. Lu Shanti – Wom!nz Spot Cafe

4 p.m. Mandy Capplemen – Wom!nz Spot Lounge

4 p.m. Costume Contest – Youth Area Stage

4 p.m. DJ Tyrone – Rainbow Stage

4 p.m. Moonlight Karaoke – Community Center Loft

4:15 p.m. LGBT Dance Milwaukee – Health and Wellness Stage

5 p.m. DJ Nikno – Dance Pavilion

5 p.m. Astor Stree Dance Studio with Salsabrosa – MGAC Stage

5 p.m. Beverly McClellan – Miller Lite Mainstage

5 p.m. Funkin Wassels – Stonewall

5 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance – Youth Area Stage

5:30 p.m. Shea Coulee (host) – Dance Pavilion

5:30 p.m. Yes Sir Leather/Fetish Gear Show – Dance Pavilion

6 p.m. Max Hardswells’ Drag King Show – Community Center Loft Area

6 p.m. Steve Grand – Miller Lite Mainstage

6 p.m. Lions Mouth – Wom!nz Spot Cafe

6 p.m. Roxie Beane – Wom!nz Spot Lounge

6 p.m. DJ Tonya – Rainbow Stage

6:30 p.m. Julie Brandenburg – MGAC Stage

6:30 p.m. DJ Tim Walters – Dance Pavilion

6:45 p.m. Dear Ruthie (Emcee) – Miller Lite Mainstage

7 p.m. Mary Lambert – Miller Lite Mainstage

7 p.m. Queen of the Castle, Sister Sweet Sister film screenings – Stonewall

7:30 p.m. Corky Morgan – Community Center Loft Area

7:30 p.m. DJ Chomper – Dance Pavilion

7:30 p.m. Elliza Hanson – MGAC Stage

8 p.m. The Upside – MGAC Stage

8 p.m. Jayme Dawicki – Wom!nz Spot Cafe

8 p.m. Katiebeth – Wom!nz Spot Lounge

8 p.m. DJ Tyrone – Rainbow Stage

8:30 p.m. Lex Allen – Community Center Loft area

8:30 p.m. DJ NMF (New Music Freak) – Dance Pavilion

8:30 p.m. The Acoustic Orchard – MGAC Stage

8:30 p.m. Big Freedia – Miller Lite Mainstage

9 p.m. Carey Nokey – Rainbow Stage

9:30 p.m. Fireworks

9:45 p.m. DJ Reid Stefan – Dance Pavilion

10 p.m. Shane Ashton – Community Center Loft area

10 p.m. Conversations – Wom!nz Spot Cafe

10 p.m. Moustache Ride – Wom!nz Spot Lounge

10 p.m. ReVamped Dance Company – MGAC Stage

10 p.m. DJ Kimberly – Rainbow Stage

10 p.m. Macy Gray – Miller Lite Mainstage

Day 3: Sunday, June 8 (noon-10 p.m. at grounds, noon-midnight at dance pavilion)

12 p.m. Julie Brandenburg – Miller Lite Mainstage

12 p.m. DJ Style/DJ Davi-D Southside Underground – Rainbow Stage

12 p.m. Conversations – Wom!nz Spot Cafe

12 p.m. Conversations – Wom!nz Spot Lounge

12:15 p.m. American Cancer Society presentation – Health and Wellness Stage

12:30 p.m. Tim Glander Magic and Balloon Show – Children’s Stage

12:45 p.m. The Upside Band – Miller Lite Mainstage

1 p.m. DJ Purple – Rainbow Stage

1 p.m. Groundwork Milwaukee – Stonewall

1:15 p.m. Zumba – Health and Wellness Stage

1:40 p.m. Women’s Voices – Miller Lite Mainstage

2 p.m. DJ Pep Lara – Rainbow Stage

2 p.m. Jenna Lynee – Wom!nz Spot Cafe

2 p.m. Delray – Wom!nz Spot Lounge

2:15 p.m. DJ Covlove – Dance Pavilion

2:15 p.m. American Cancer Society presentation – Health and Wellness Stage

2:30 p.m. Ian & The Dream – Miller Lite Mainstage

2:30 p.m. Alliance School’s Eight Annual Pride Graduation – Stonewall

3 p.m. Dial Tone – Rainbow Stage

3:15 p.m. DJ Michele McKnight – Dance Pavilion

3:15 p.m. Diverse & Resilient: “It’s About Us” – Health and Wellness Stage

3:30 p.m. Ronnie Nyles & Tallulah Who – Miller Lite Mainstage

3:30 p.m. Love Will Win: ACLU of Wisconsin & Marriage Equality – Stonewall

4 p.m. Figureheads – Children’s Stage

4 p.m. House of Brooklyn Entertainment presents “Orgulla Latino” – Rainbow Stage

4 p.m. Elena Garcia – Wom!nz Spot Cafe

4 p.m. Dots – Wom!nz Spot Lounge

4 p.m. Project Q Graduation – Youth Area Stage

4:15 p.m. Ballroom Dance – Health and Wellness Stage

4:30 p.m. Dangerous Muse – Miller Lite Mainstage

4:30 p.m. Stonewall Crafts – Stonewall

5 p.m. Trannika Rex (host) – Dance Pavilion

5 p.m. Astor Stree Dance Studio with Salsabrosa – MGAC Stage

5 p.m. DJ Pullout – Rainbow Stage

5:15 p.m. Bjorn (emcee) – Miller Lite Mainstage

5:30 p.m. Underwear Show with DJ HME - Dance Pavilion

5:30 p.m. Debby Holiday – Miller Lite Mainstage

5:30 p.m. DJ Short Style – Rainbow Stage

5:30 p.m. Keeping the Spark Alive – Stonewall

6 p.m. Dixie Kuppe’s Kamp and Kurlers Revue – Community Center Loft

6 p.m. Julie Brandenburg – MGAC Stage

6 p.m. DJ Bad Omen – Rainbow Stage

6 p.m. ESH - Wom!nz Spot Cafe

6 p.m. Lezy Dezy – Wom!nz Spot Lounge

6:30 p.m. DJ Teri Bristol and Psycho-Bitch – Dance Pavilion

6:30 p.m. Jordin Baas – MGAC Stage

7 p.m. Kaitlyn O’Keefe – Community Center Loft

7 p.m. Sandra Bernhard – Miller Lite Mainstage

7 p.m. Sandra Valls – Rainbow Stage

7:30 p.m. The Upside – MGAC Stage

8 p.m. Movie: Tying the Knot – Community Center Loft

8 p.m. DJ Grind – Dance Pavilion

8 p.m. The Acoustic Orchard – MGAC Stage

8 p.m. DJ Absolut – Rainbow Stage

8:30 p.m. Lisa Lampanelli – Miller Lite Mainstage

9 p.m. Dora Diamond’s Gay Cabaret – MGAC Stage

9 p.m. DJ Eleazar/DJ Green Eyez – Rainbow Stage

10 p.m. DJ Hector Fonseca – Dance Pavilion

Bruce Vilanch Hold Comedy Night For Reno Gay Pride August 16, 2013

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

My News 4
Gay pride festival to be held Aug. 16-17
July 3, 2013

4-27-2013 4-08-15 AM

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com)—Reno Gay Pride is kicking off its 17th Annual Festival this year on Aug. 16.

On Aug. 16, Reno Gay Pride will hold Comedy Night with Bruce Vilanch, a six-time Emmy Award Winner. The show starts in Sammy’s Showroom at 7pm (Doors open at 6:30pm) Tickets available here.

Reno Gay Pride will hold its official Kick-off Party at Harrah’s Sapphire Lounge, which includes a live DJ, GoGo dancers and a meet and greet with Bruce Vilanch from 8pm-2am.

The Reno Gay Pride Festival will be at Wingfield Park on Saturday, August 17 at 11am.

Bruce Vilanch Will Be Grand Marshal At South Florida Stonewall Summer Pride

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

South Florida Stonewall Summer Pride Will Bring Erasure’s Andy Bell, Comedian Bruce Vilanch, and 30,000 People
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 09:24
Written by Gideon Grudo


 

Reece Darham’s day is going to start around 4 a.m. on June 24 and end around 3 a.m. the following morning. He’s co-chair of the Stonewall Summer Pride board, meaning he’s involved in every aspect of the event this year.

“I’ll know we did well when I can finally put my head on the pillow, knowing that the Rainbow Business Coalition (RBC), Stonewall Summer Pride board, and the city of Wilton Manors have produced a community event that we can all be very proud of,” Darham said about his metric for success this year. “And knowing that we’ll grow this into a major national event.”

From the sheriff’s office donating fire trucks for kids to paint to national headliners for the day’s concert, this year might indeed satisfy Darham’s hopes.

On Sunday, June 24, the Stonewall Summer Pride kicks off at noon and continues officially until 10 p.m. (unofficially into the night). The festival will run until 7 p.m., the Children’s Park runs until 6 p.m. or so. At 7 p.m., the parade kickstarts. And at 8:30 p.m., the show begins. It all happens in Wilton Manors, along Wilton Drive.

The Children’s Park, a spot for kids to come run wild, will be one of this year’s highlights, and geared toward a family audience.

“Even though it’s a pride event, it’s not necessarily a gay event,” Darham said. “We’re extending that to the community, the whole community. It allows for a separation of the adult playing area and the children’s playing area.”

Indeed, kids will have plenty to do, and maybe not enough time to do it all. Drew Miller is on the RBC board and was put in charge of the park. Since many of his friends are gay couples who’ve adopted or have had kids, he wanted to make sure this part of the celebration was perfect for them. The two big sponsors of the Children’s Park are the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Panthers. BSO is bringing a bounce house and a few fire trucks, one of which, the kids will be allowed to paint. The Panthers are bringing an inflatable hockey rink where kids can play the not-very-tropical-game. They’ll also be bringing a video game entertainment truck.

And it doesn’t end there. There’ll be a spot where kids can drop paint on sheets of paper that are clipped to hinges that spin, appropriately called Spin Art. The finished pieces of art are the kids’ to take home. There will also be a slide in the shape of the titanic (honoring the 100th anniversary of the sinking), the back end of which will be seemingly sticking out of the ground. There will be a DJ spinning kid-appropriate music (can’t have any part of Pride not complete with music). And there will be a trackless train riding kids around Wilton Drive between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. It can take 16 kids at a time, and will join the front of the parade at 7 p.m.

“We made the decision to have the children at the front of the parade so they can get through and get done early,” Miller said. “The front of the parade would also be the most comfortable if there were any moderately clad individuals toward the back of the parade. We made an effort to be conscious of children’s time to get home and get to bed, and for visual purposes.”

Having the Children’s Park is an important part of the pride event, Miller said.

“It just normalizes our event to a place where there’s nothing different between our festival and, let’s say, something like St. Patrick’s Parade,” he said. “We’re just as normal as any other festival. It shows our and the community’s support.”

Now that the kids are taken care of, there’s a lot more going on this year. Jennifer Holiday, for example, is set to sing on the North Stage at 6 p.m. And the entertainment at 8:30 p.m. is headlined by no other than Andy Bell of Erasure fame. Other performers include Johnny McGovern, Mary Griffin, Tiffany Arieagus, Champagne Bordeaux, and Electra.

This year will the pride event’s 13th anniversary. But Reece Darham said that the close-knit relationship that RBC has had with Wilton Manors, on everything from public safety to accommodations like parking and appropriately closed roads, will result in a huge event. He expects around 30,000 people to show up.

Of those, almost one thousand will be members of A Celebration of Friends, an international group of mature, LGBT men. The organization’s founder, president and CEO said he expects “friends” from as far as Australia, South Africa and Japan to show up at the festivities this year.

“Our people — we have a lot people who normally come in from small towns. They’ve saved their money all year to come this. It’ll be like a family reunion. It gives them a chance to kick up their heels,” said Tom “Tomcat” Pence. “We have a lot of people who would normally not celebrate themselves.”

Darham added that he hopes this reinforces and improves the LGBT community’s strong relationship with the city of Wilton Manors.

“We’ve worked tirelessly and exceptionally close to the city,” Darham said about RBC’s push this year to partner with the city. “On every level, we’ve taken lessons from the past and implemented them for a great day.”

The parade itself, thought to include about 600 people, will have Bruce Vilanch, the multiple Emmy-winning comic, as its Grand Marshal. Called a Twilight Parade due its timing, it will start at 7 p.m. on Wilton Drive and progress from 20th Street and run north to 5 Points.