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Happy Pride Month, Miami!

Happy Pride Month, Miami!

Festivals

Published 6/3/21

In July of that same year, hundreds of members of the LGBTQ+ community were among the thousands of protesters at the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, where advocates demanded the repeal of laws banning gay marriage. In the early 1970s, gay rights advocacy led to a county ordinance banning discrimination in areas of housing, employment, and public accommodation based on sexual orientation. This, however, was later overturned after a subsequent referendum championed by Anita Bryant, an anti-gay rights activist. In December of 1998, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners once again adopted an amendment banning discrimination in areas of housing, employment, and public accommodation based on sexual orientation. The Dade County Christian Coalition then announced it was initiating a referendum drive to repeal the amendment under the name "Take Back Miami-Dade." This attempt failed as they did not garner enough signatures. In 2014, the Human Rights Campaign ranked …

Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden Celebrates 85th Anniversary

Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden Celebrates 85th Anniversary

Festivals

Published 11/17/20

After an auspicious beginning in 1936, the Botanical Garden fell victim to City and federal government administrative needs. In response to WWII, in 1945, 5.5 acres were deeded to the federal government for a war-time hospital, which in 1951 became the Monroe County General Hospital.  Additional acres were ceded to the Aqueduct Commission for water storage tanks, the Mosquito Control Board offices, and golf course expansion. Post-war neglect took its toll and by 1960 there were only 11 out of the original 55 acres left, knee-deep in weeds. Led by the Monroe County Audubon Society, a restoration plan was presented to the City Commission in August 1960. The Advisory Council for the restoration was composed of ten organizations. Work began in December of that year, with the clean-up of the trails and buildings, and identification and tagging of plants. The formal “reopening” of the Garden was celebrated on January 29, 1961. In January, 1962 …

The Conch Republic Celebrates

The Conch Republic Celebrates

Festivals

Published 11/3/20

From the raising of the Conch Republic flag at Mallory Square to the burning of the Hurricane flag to end hurricane season, the Conch Republic Independence Celebration will elect Royalty, race miniature beds, clean up Higgs Beach, engage in a Rum Battle, present an Art-to-Wear Fashion Show, and more!The Secretary of State of the Conch Republic, the Exalted Capt. James R. Gilleran, has proclaimed, "You have wittingly chosen to participate in activities (some of which you will recall, and some of which you will not) here the micro-nation of the Conch Republic. We welcome all comers who understand the value of humor, community, and a passion to encourage others to behave in a proud and foolish manner. The only requirement for entry is an understanding that to be in an alternate reality you have to participate in an alternate reality.”To see a complete list of events, visit ConchRepublic.com - where you can also purchase Conch Republic merchandise and tickets.

Art in the Garden Opens At Key West Tropical Forest

Art in the Garden Opens At Key West Tropical Forest

Festivals

Published 6/17/20

Meander over Garden Boardwalks and down pathways through dappled shade, colorful blossoms and winged creatures of nature and spot….sculpture! The exhibit features local art & sculpture with artistic expressions emphasizing harmony with nature. These works are earth-friendly in the selection of materials (including recycled and natural material) and themes.The festival runs through August 31st and is open every day 10am – 4pm. The Garden is located 5210 College Road on Stock Island. Call 305-296-1504 or visit www.keywest.garden for directions and details. 

THE FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 28 YEARS

THE FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 28 YEARS

Festivals

Published 1/8/20

For the fifth year in a row, the timeless Florida Renaissance Festival will offer seven jam-packed themed weekends to ring in its 28th season. This year, the celebration kicks off with a return to the English Monarchy and Henry VIII is back! Prepare for a greeting by jesters, jugglers, and jousting knights upon entering the gates, and sweet melodies can be heard from every corner of the kingdom. It’s a full day of entertainment where the entire family can marvel at fan favorite acts and performances that include immersive and interactive, real audience-participation scenarios. Join in on the fun with human powered rides, artisan craft shops and enough food & drink for a royal family feast!One of the nation’s most beloved events, with over 100,000 annual attendees and more than two million people having participated over the festival’s tenure, the Florida Renaissance Festival has devoted 28 years to capturing the essence of the Renaissance through entertainment and living …

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