It’s the most wonderful time of the year—Palm Beach Pride Month is here! The county’s premiere LGBTQ+ Pride Festival, Palm Beach Pride, returns to Bryant Park in Lake Worth Beach March 25-26, from 12 to 6 p.m. both days. The Palm Beach Pride Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. on March 26, and will travel along Lake Avenue in downtown Lake Worth Beach.
“Pride festivals everywhere are places of intention; safe spaces where we can be our authentic selves and enjoy spending time with family and friends. Palm Beach Pride is no exception,” said Julie Seaver, CEO of Compass Community Center, which organizes Palm Beach Pride. “This year, Compass celebrates 35 years of direct services in the county and we can’t imagine a more paramount year to celebrate!”
Palm Beach Pride is a family- and pet-friendly event. Guests aged 18 and younger will be admitted free. Pre-sale tickets are $10 and tickets at the event are $12 at the event. All proceeds go directly back into the community through Compass, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Tickets can be purchased here.
Local celebrities Velvet Lenore, Melissa St. John, Rianna Petrone, and Ariel Rimm will take the stage as emcees for the event, while adding their own flare through performances throughout the weekend. They will be joined by newly-crowned 2023 Miss Palm Beach Pride, Vasti Love Montana, who will perform Saturday and Sunday.
Guests will also enjoy an all-star lineup of local and national talent, including performances by The Synergy Twins, Queen of the PalmBeaches, Velvet Lenore, The Gypsy Lane Band, Antonio Edwards, Lenora Jaye, RogerThat, DJ Wil Mello, Kiowa, the JD Danner Band, and S. Saik. This year’s Palm Beach Pride Grand Marshal is Cassandra Cass, an internationally known actress, comedian, and performer who has appeared on numerous television programs and documentaries including the GLAAD award-winning reality show “Strut.” She is a tireless advocate for transgender and LGBTQ+ rights and has a personal motto of “Labels are for Products, not People.”
“We want to celebrate our community, and one of our favorite ways to do that is focusing on the amazing, diverse talent we have right here in South Florida,” said Adrienne Percival, Compass’ Development Director. “Giving local artists and entertainers this type of platform is crucial for all of us to experience the weekend as family, gathering together and uniting in community.”
The Youth Village will feature a number of free and fun activities, including face painting provided by the Marcy and Leona Chanin Foundation. The Compass Youth Department will also sell 3”x5” Pride flags that represent the many different communities under the LGBTQ+ umbrella.
Stop by the internal Health Village, where guests can get information on a variety of health-related questions, free rapid HIV testing, and COVID vaccines (provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).
Organizers also want to ensure that everything is being done to create a safe space for all festival attendees. Bags larger than small backpacks, purses, and fanny packs will not be allowed into the park. Clear bags are preferred and any bags that are brought in will be spot-checked to prevent prohibited items from entering the park.