Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade

Many people in the United States still believe my adopted hometown, Miami Beach, is “G-d’s waiting room.” That’s a slang term for the state of Florida. In other words, a place where people wait to die. In the 25 years I’ve been living here (five full time), the residents keep getting younger and younger. I think Eliot and I are among the oldest.

The Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade is a perfect example of the spirit and lifestyle of what exists down here. People want to enjoy life, and live together in peace and harmony. The sun is usually shining, the weather is warm and we are surrounded by water that constantly reminds us that life is filled with surprises.

The Gay community was instrumental in shaping Miami Beach into the Paradise it is today. We all should be eternally grateful.

Ringside seats at the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade. Larios on Ocean Drive so accommodating. Restaurant owned by Gloria & Emilio Estefan. (L) Eliot, Lois, Gail, Debbie (R) Richie, Marcia, Gary and Myra.

Photos by Eliot Hess

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Gelber. He’s the Mayor of Miami Beach.