South Beach is a very gay place; it’s a fact. There is, however, one time a year when even more rainbows wave off every art deco building and parking garage; when even more hot bodies gather to dance on the beach in (if possible) even less clothing; and when the queens, businesses, hotels, pools and hookup apps turn things up a few notches to maximum levels of homo. That time is Miami Beach Pride.
Now in its sixth year, this Pride fest is still relatively young, yet knows very well how to throw the ultimate, weekend-long gay beach bash. We survived the celebrations last year, but the 2015 festival was even hotter, with an estimated 130,000 attendees. Below is a guide to surviving the weekend in style. We also recommend taking the Thursday and following Monday off — you’re going to need it.