MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – Thousands of people are expected to turn out for a big gay pride celebration event on Miami Beach.

The city’s annual six annual Miami Beach Gay Pride will kick off at noon with a parade along Ocean Drive between 5th and 15th Streets.

The year singer-songwriter, actress and entrepreneur Gloria Estefan and acclaimed American film and television producer, director and choreographer Kenny Ortega will serve as Grand Marshals, according to Joel Stedman, Chairman of the Pride Board.

“There is nothing more Miami than Gloria. She is an intrinsic part of this city’s cultural identity,” said Stedman. “Not only is she one of the most beloved and successful symbols of the vibrant and diverse South Florida community, but also she has proven to be committed to several charitable initiatives as well as a champion for the LGBT community.”

The Miami Beach Gay Pride started six years ago as a neighborhood event. An estimated 15,000 spectators turned out for the first Pride parade in 2009 and an estimated 80,000 attended the 2013 event which attracted not only South Floridians, but also visitors from throughout the world.


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