Key West Gay Pride 2016 - Key West PrideFest 2016

The gay pride celebration of the Florida Keys

Duval Street, Key West, Florida
••• Key West Gay Pride takes place along Duval Street, in the heart of this picturesque town's historic district. photo by Andrew Collins

Gay Pride takes on an especially festive, friendly tone in the iconic gay resort community of Key West. It's one of the several colorful GLBT events planned throughout the year - including Gay Spring Break in late winter, Kamp Key West in May, Key West Tropical Heat in August, Womenfest in early September, the Key West Headdress Ball in late October, and Key West Hot Pink Holidays in early December - by the tropical island's Key West Business Guild, and it takes place each year over five days in early June.

The dates of Key West Gay Pride this year are June 8 through June 12, 2016.

Key West Pride comprises several notable events (here's a calendar), including a kick-off party on Wednesday at the legendary Island House gay resort, a Blu Q snorkel cruise and Danger Charters Wind and Wine cruise, a Rainbow Bike Parade, a Fetish Party at Saloon One on Friday, a Pool Party at Bourbon Street Pub on Saturday, and much more.

Saturday is also the day of the Key West Gay Pride Street Fair, held from 10 am until 7 pm along the 700 and 800 block of Duval Street, and the following day, Sunday, you can watch the Key West Gay Pride Parade as it rolls down historic Duval Street, with its lively gay bars, between 5 and 7 pm.

Where to Stay During Key West Gay Pride

There are dozens of gay-welcoming accommodations in this famously friendly and inviting resort community. Some top favorites during Pride include LGBT-oriented Alexander's Guest House, gay-male-centered Island House, Equator Resort, and New Orleans House, and mainstream properties like the Marriott Key West Beachside.

These are all partner members of the Key West Business Guild, which stages Pride weekend.

Key West Gay Resources

Key West gay bars are especially busy during Pride, and many hotels and gay resorts have special events and parties throughout Pride Week - see the Gay Guide and Gallery to Key West for more on the local gay scene.

Also take a look at the excellent site produced by the city's official gay tourism organization, the Key West Business Guild, as well as Florida Keys travel site, produced by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, for general travel advice on visiting the region.