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Success F ie s ta EQUALITY EXTRAVAGANZA Celebrating its 9th year as the definitive South Florida LGBTQ event, April 9 will see Miami Beach Gay Pride once more enliven our shores with pride. T E X T BY RYA N JA R R E LL D E TA I L PH OTO BY M A R K’ S L I S T Easily the single most exciting festival to ever be incepted by a city mayor, Miami Beach Gay Pride is an “everyone’s welcome” parade every bit as empowering as it is entertaining. Started in 2009 with a little over 15,000 spectators, last year’s festivities included over 130,000 participants and a slew of celebrity appearances, all well worth the almost overly stimulating stroll through Ocean Drive. A powerful testament to the strength of equality in our community, this lively debacle is always just as enjoyable for allies as the portion of the population it emancipates. Previous prominent Grand Marshals include Mario Lopez and Gloria Estefan — meaning this year’s programming is sure to be full of photo opps and social media-worthy posts; MiamiBeachGayPride.com. 46