HISPANIC LGBT PRIDE Saturday, October 6th on Miami Beach

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Coming back bigger & stronger for its 2nd
year, the Celebrate ORGULLO Festival, showcasing LGBT
Hispanic Pride, will once again hit the sands of Miami Beach on
Saturday, October 6th, 2012 on Ocean Drive between 11th & 12th
Streets, and this year’s plans include a multitude of events to enjoy,
leading up to the big weekend!
  Started in 2011, Celebrate ORGULLO is a Festival Showcasing
Hispanic LGBT Pride during Hispanic Heritage Month- the First
Event of its kind in the U.S.
  Celebrate ORGULLO is a grassroots effort, conceived and
implemented by a group of volunteers who decided that it was time
for Miami Beach to lead the way in honoring the cultural
contributions of the LGBT Hispanic community. The event is free
and open to the public, is an extravaganza of Latin music,
entertainment, folkloric groups, food & drink, dance contests, an
art exhibit, men’s swim fashion show & gala, community
workshops, and much more – all culminating in the outdoor
festival, featuring performances by renowned artists on October
6th between the hours of noon to 6pm, and a portion of the
proceeds from the sale of food and beverages will benefit our
LGBT Youth Scholarship Fund and year round programming of the
Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida (UC|CU).
  “Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida is a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit
whose focus is the Leadership, Protection & Promotion of
Latino|Hispanic LGBTQ rights (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
questioning) - The only organization of its kind in South Florida
since 2002. We are proud to present the Annual Celebrate
ORGULLO Festival which highlights, celebrates and supports the
contributions of the Hispanic LGBT community.” said UC|CU
Board member & festival committee member Maria Lago. “An event
of this level and caliber is long overdue in South Florida, and we
couldn’t be prouder to present it” added Lago.
  The main event on October 6th includes a dazzling lineup of
talent: Various folkloric dance groups, Int’l. recording artist Julien
Rego, Twin Soul Conga featuring DJ Midnight Witch, D.C. Cruz, and
back by popular demand - Jose Enrique.  Drag divas Adora,
Marytrini and Shanaya Bright will also once again bring their
unique style of glitz and glamour to the celebration.  And, Univision
Radio’s 98.3FM powerhouse & local celebrity Enrique Santos will
share the stage with these spectacular performers.  Many more
surprises & celebrities will be announced in the coming weeks leading up to October 6th.
  Celebrate Orgullo promises to entice all the senses with a fun and diverse line-up of performances, dozens of colorful vendor, food and
drink pavilions and live programming by various media outlets. Presented by Comcast in cooperation with the City of Miami Beach as direct
collaborators of this fabulous event, along with the Miami Herald, Univison Radio, GMAB Productions, Coca-Cola, The Palace Bar, Route 7
Productions, Hot Spots, Genre Latino & Ambiente Magazines, SoBe Social, HotFlyers, Printers Cove, our Host Hotel the Hotel Victor, and
many more wonderful sponsors.  Organizational partnerships with Pridelines Youth Services, Aqua Foundation, Miami-Dade Gay &
Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Miami Design Preservation League, Immigration Equality and many more, will only enhance and enrich
the quality of programming of Celebrate ORGULLO 2012.
  The event will also host a marvelous salsa contest that serves as the culmination of multiple preliminary contests held throughout South
Florida. Hundreds in cash and prizes is at stake and attendees will have an opportunity to support their favorite Celebrate Orgullo dance
team and help crown the 2012 Dance Divas.
  Additional events scheduled for this year’s Celebrate ORGULLO Festival include the SoBe Mens Show & Gala, amazing Art Exhibit hosted
by the Miami Design Preservation League, various Sanctioned Events around Dade & Broward counties, and a community workshop
focusing on Gay Binational Couples and immigration challenges our community faces every day.
  “Celebrate Orgullo will fulfill its mission of celebrating Hispanic culture and take place within the heart of Miami Beach, a city that has
repeatedly demonstrated its commitment to the Hispanic LGBT community.  And, that is why we couldn’t think of a better city to host
Celebrate ORGULLO” said Antonio Lopez-Ferez, Celebrate Orgullo committee member and board member of Unity Coalition|Coalición
Unida. “Celebrate Orgullo is the culmination of the hard work of committee members that are dedicated to empowering the Hispanic|Latino
community and celebrating its contributions. We needed an event like this that is representative of the rich and diverse Hispanic culture
makes a positive impact in our community and will continue to grow in the years to come,” added Lopes-Ferez.

What: Celebrate ORGULLO Festival, Celebrating Hispanic LGBT Heritage
When:  Saturday, October 6, 2012   Noon-6pm
Where: Ocean Drive between 11 &12th street, on the sands of Miami Beach

For Sponsor Opportunities, Booth Rentals and general information, please visit www.celebrateorgullo.com

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Celebrate ORGULLO® es un esfuerzo a nivel local, concebido e implementado por un grupo de voluntarios que decidieron que ya era
hora para que Miami Beach tomara la vanguardia en honrar las contribuciones culturales de la comunidad LGBT hispana.
El evento es gratuito y abierto al público, y una porción de las ganancias de la venta de alimentos y bebidas beneficiarán al Fondo de
Becas para Jóvenes LGBT y la programacion annual de Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida, Inc.    
Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida es una organisacion sin fines de lucro de la Florida, con enfoque en el Liderazgo, protección y promocion
de los derechos civiles de la comunidad latina|hispana LGBTQ (lesbianas, gay, bisexual, transgénero, cuestionando) en el sur de la
Florida desde el 2002.
Estamos orgullosos de presentar el Festival Celebrate ORGULLO, que celebra, presenta  y respalda las contribuciones de la comunidad
hispana LGBT.

QUE: Gratis y abierto al público. celebrar el Orgullo Hispano con música, baile, bebidas, kioscos de vendedores y mucho más! Una
porción de los ingresos de la venta de alimentos y bebidas se beneficiarán al Fondo de Becas para  jóvenes LGBT de Miami-Dade.

CUÁNDO: Sábado, 6 de octubre, 2012, mediodía-6pm

DONDE: 12 st y Ocean Drive, en las arenas de Miami Beach

Para mas informacion, visite www.celebrateorgullo.com


La observación se inició en 1968 como la Semana de la Herencia Hispana durante la presidencia de Lyndon Johnson y fue ampliado por
el presidente Ronald Reagan en 1988 para cubrir un período de 30 días a partir del 15 de
Septiembre hasta el 15 de Octubre. El día 15 de Septiembre es importante porque es el aniversario de la independencia de varios países
de América Latina como Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras y Nicaragua. Además, México y Chile celebran su independencia
el 16 y 18 de Septiembre, respectivamente.

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