Puerto Vallarta Comes Together for Pride

The fifth edition of Vallarta Pride was a historical festival for Puerto Vallarta and its local and visiting LGBTQI community and its allies. Over 7,000 people attended the parade which featured 60 floats, a record for the festival which also had its first Block Party.

Vallarta Pride was a week-long celebration of the LGBTQI community with events mainly taking place across Puerto Vallarta’s gayborhood, La Zona Romantica. Returning favorites included the Fashion Show, Pulpito’s Drag Derby, pool parties, circuit parties with international DJs, film projections, a health fair, the traditional Pride Parade.

The parade, which took place on Wednesday, May 24, started at the Hotel Sheraton Buganvilias followed the Malecón and culminated on Lázaro Cárdenas street, where the party continued until dawn. Thousands joined the Block Party in the heart of Vallarta’s cobblestone street and Spanish architecture district enjoying circuit music, multicolor light shows, go-go dancers and fireworks hosted by Fiesta Bar, La Noche, Mr. Flamingo, Los Muertos Brewing, CC Slaughters and La Margarita.

This year Mayor Arturo Dávalos Contreras became the first mayor to walk the parade. He was joined by his wife, the president of the DIF System, Candelaria Tovar of Dávalos; City Councilors Susana Rodríguez, Edelmira Orizaga and Eduardo Martínez; Puerto Vallarta city and tourism police officers also marched.

Also joining in the parade where singer and Grand Marshal of Vallarta Pride 2017, Johnathan Celestin; visual artivist Daniel Arzola; the ambassadors of Vancouver Pride; director and producer of the documentary ‘Beyond Gay’, Robert Christie; Martha Dau, who was the local ambassador of Vallarta Pride and vloggers Bria & Chrissy.

Other Puerto Vallarta neighborhoods also joined the celebration with hotels across the city making their…

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