Posted on Wednesday May 04, Guest Author. The Pensacola Bay Area, which prides itself on welcoming visitors from around the world and from all walks of life, offers a great variety of year-round nightlife and special events to satisfy the appetites of any LGBT visitor. While Pensacola offers many beachfront hotels and condos, it also boasts miles and miles of undeveloped beach reserved for undisturbed enjoyment. Any warm day will find the beach there peppered with rainbow flags and umbrellas. Starting the week before Memorial Day and running through the holiday itself, nightclubs and special venues around town offer ticketed events with DJs, foam parties, girl parties and live entertainment of national caliber.
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A local gay couple invited a group of gay friends to the beach for Independence Day. Until the mids the gathering was held during Fourth of July weekend. This group, also known as the Emma Jones Society, hosted this gather during the inaugural years, which during the late s and early s was held at the San Carlos Hotel since demolished in downtown Pensacola. Events there included impersonations, skits, drag queen performances, and a male beauty pageant, Mr. These parties ended in The idea of a summer gather rejuvenated in the early 80s being focused at the beginning of the summer during Memorial Day weekend. In the lates, Atlanta's Steve Berman began to host circuit parties and the event continued to grow.
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Pensacola is a little unusual as gay travel destinations go. In late May, the city is the site of Pensacola Gay Memorial Day Weekend Celebration which draws huge crowds of gay revelers from Atlanta , New Orleans , and other major southeast destinations. The rest of the year, however, this relatively conservative small city in the Florida panhandle has a small and quiet, even discreet, gay community.
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