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Key West Pride returns for days of fun June 8

Participants in a previous Pride parade carry the sea-to-sea rainbow flag.
Participants in a previous Pride parade carry the sea-to-sea rainbow flag.

Lots of fun is planned for Key West Pride 2016, an annual LGBT festival set for June 8 to 12 in the Southernmost City. It salutes diversity in one of America's leading gay and lesbian getaway spots.

The celebration includes daytime pool parties; late-night drag shows; on-the-water adventures including snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding; a Veterans of Foreign Wars fishing tournament; a rainbow bike parade; a street fair on Duval Street; a burlesque experience tailored to the LGBT audience; a trolley tour documenting the LGBT community's impact on Key West history and culture; and a brunch served with a drag show on the side.

Contests bring some challenges for participants, including a 10K relay for tutu-wearing runners and walkers; pageants to select Mr., Miss and Ms. Key West Pride; and a Pride edition of television's classic "The Newlywed Game."

Scheduled highlights include the 2016 Stoli Original Cocktail Challenge's June 8 kick-off gala, Friday runoffs and Saturday's final round. The contest features regional winners from LGBT bars in 15 North American cities, all competing to create an original Key West cocktail.

The final round is set for 7 to 10 p.m. June 11 on an open-air stage in the 700 block of Duval Street. There will be celebrity judges. The winner is to be honorary grand marshal of the Pride Parade. The procession, to feature a 100-foot section of Key West's famed sea-to-sea rainbow flag, is slated to begin at 5 p.m. June 12 and proceed up Duval from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. Following the parade, revelers can meet for Stoli's official after-parade party at La Te Da, 1125 Duval St.

For more, go to www.keywestpride.org.

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