Photo courtesy of Miami Shores Pride

Miami Shores Pride will partner with SAVE Dade to host the first Come Out Day on October 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. This celebration of equality, acceptance and diversity coincides with Miami-Dade Gay History Month, Barry University Pride and the week of National Coming Out Day (October 11). To kick things off, guests are invited to meet anywhere along the Parade Route on the Grand Concourse between NE 96th Street and Park Drive. Locals and visitors will also make their way through the Grand Gay Parade and Tea Dance, as well as family-friendly activities.

After the parade, join the tea dance, located on the sports field at Grand Concourse and Park Drive. Tea dances known as dancing originated in the 1950s and were held in the summer or fall from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. They were safe places to live freely and socialize with peers in the LGBTQ+ community.

The release day will be filled with live music, including special performances by Daniel Rene, DJ Music Hat, Poison Ivy and friends. For those looking to enjoy local flavors, Miami Shores Country Club Bar, Mama Jennie’s Italian Restaurant and Sins Gastrobar will feature signature cocktails, appetizers and more. In collaboration with the Plastic Free Initiative and Proud Source, Coming Out Day will also be plastic-free.

Special parade guests include Grand Marshal Robert Bourne; Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniela Levine Cava; SAVE Foundation; North Miami Councilman Scott Galvin; and District 3 Commissioner Keon Hardemon. The first Coming Out Day is supported by Miami Shores Pride, Miami Shores Village, North Miami, Miami Dade County, SAVE LGBTQ and many others.