It’s the season of pride in The Palm Beaches, Florida. Situated along 47 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches from Boca Raton to Jupiter and Tequesta, America’s First Resort Destination offers a proud tradition of hospitality to all who visit.

In 2017, The Palm Beaches’ collection of 39 distinctive towns and cities continue their legacy as a welcoming destination with an updated calendar of LGBT annual events, accommodation packages and experiences for those relating to gender and non-gender specific lifestyles.

Whether it’s a night of cabaret and cocktails at The Royal Room, an immersion at one of the destination’s 200 cultural venues, stomping the divots at the 8th Annual International Gay Polo Tournament or enjoying the best in an alfresco lifestyle – shopping, dining and fitness, The Palm Beaches offer something to suit the tastes of every traveler.

Its doors are open for all to explore the local gay community in Lake Worth and West Palm Beach, home to gay bars and restaurants or to pop into Compass, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of The Palm Beaches, to learn about local LGBT social groups and community events.

Here are two upcoming annual events happening this March and April.

PrideFest: March 25 – March 26, 2017

With over 20,000 attendees annually, PrideFest of Lake Worth has grown from a small celebration to one of the largest festivals in South Florida. Since 1992, this festival has developed into The Palm Beaches’ largest gay and lesbian visibility event. This two-day occasion, from noon to 6:00 p.m. both days, brings together a community of local residents and guests to honor the passion for diversity and growth in community throughout the area. Live musical entertainment, merchandise booth vendors and local foods fill the space and invite all to celebrate LGBTQI pride with its annual parade. The Sunday Parade on March 26, 2017 begins at 11:30 a.m. in downtown Lake Worth along Lucerne and Lake Avenues.

International Gay Polo Tournament: April 6 – 9, 2017                             

From elaborate tailgate competitions to the constant flow of champagne, enjoy the festivities of the 8th International Gay Polo Tournament in The Palm Beaches. Set at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, North America’s only high goal polo venue, the 2017 International Gay Polo Tournament will take place April 6 – 9, 2017. The Gay Polo League (GPL) VIP Tent on tournament day is the ultimate in polo experience with table-side service, an open bar and VIP parking. GPL represents a wide range of ages, backgrounds and skill levels, and competes in mainstream matches and events while sharing enthusiasm for the sport.

Click here for additional information on LGBT offerings in The Palm Beaches, FL.


About the Author

Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist based in Toronto with a focus on tourism, lifestyle, entertainment and community issues. He has written several travel articles and has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He’s willing to take on any assignments of interest, attend parties with free booze, listen to rants, and travel the world in search of the great unknown. He’s eager to discover the new, remember the past, and look into the future.