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Friday, April 15, 2011

Miami Beach Pride Latin Stage to Showcase Latin LGBT Stars

Palace and Ivan Cano are putting the spotlight
on the ethnic diversity of the South Florida
community, as well as the growing Hispanic
demographic in the U.S. and the plethora of
visitors from South and Central America.

MIAMI BEACH, FL - On Saturday, April 16, Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner Elvis Crespo will perform songs from his latest release "Indestructible," along with other classic hits on the Miami Beach Gay Pride Latin Stage presented by Palace and Ivan Cano. 
The Latin Stage will feature performances from 1 to 7 pm and is one of several event highlights taking place at Palace over the Pride weekend.  The Stage will be set up across from Palace, on Ocean Drive at 12th Street.
Crespo shot to the top of the Billboard charts with his feverish and horn-fueled mix of nonstop merengue, as best exemplified by the anthem "Suavemente," which topped the charts on Billboard’s National Hot Latin Top 40 and resulted in multiple hits, including Suavemente, "Tu Sonrisa" and "Pintame."
Since then, he has released multiple chart-topping albums and has received numerous accolades and awards.  His unique style transcends genre, ethnicity, ideology and language, and is synonymous with rhythm, movement and a presence defined by his versatility. 
Crespo will ride on the Palace float in the Pride parade - beginning at noon from 5th to 14th Street on Ocean Drive - and will greet his fans at Palace, 1200 Ocean Drive, from 4:30 ’til 5:30 pm prior to his performance on the Latin Stage.
Joining Elvis Crespo on the Latin Stage is Dominican singer/songwriter Sohanny, the gorgeous Latin sensation who sparked a major buzz with her new smash single "No Es Normal," a true club anthem.  Granda Entertainment secured Sohanny to perform at the Pride Festival as well.
Actor Wilson Cruz will grace the Latin Stage as MC, lending his humorous wit throughout the day.  Cruz, who began acting at age 7, has appeared in numerous films and television series.  His role on the TV series "My So-Called Life" mirrored his own experience as a teen who was kicked out of his house when he told his family that he was gay.
Spinning hot tunes on the Latin Stage is DJ Maximus 3000, who returns to Miami Beach Gay Pride after his wildly successful appearance on the main stage Pride in 2010.
All of the Latin Stage performances will be streamed live online at
In presenting the Latin Stage, Palace and Ivan Cano are putting the spotlight on the ethnic diversity of the South Florida community, as well as the growing Hispanic demographic in the U.S. and the plethora of visitors from South and Central America.  "It was time to add a decidedly Latin flavor to Pride this year," says Palace GM Ivan Cano, who spearheaded the concept.  Cano also is a member of the City of Miami Beach GLBT Business Enhancement Committee,
Palace’s Pride weekend roster of events kicks off with a special Parade-Viewing Brunch on Saturday, April 16, where one can sit back, enjoy a fabulous brunch, a bottle of champagne and prime viewing of the parade as it goes by. Seating begin at 10:30 am, priced at $60 and $85 (+tax/tip).  Reservations - strongly recommended - by calling 305.531.7234.
During the parade, volunteers from Safe Schools South Florida will carry the 80-foot/50-pound Rainbow Pride Flag that was commissioned by Palace and Ivan Cano, and was donated to the City of Miami Beach for use in citywide events.  At the conclusion of the parade, in a dramatic display of Pride, the flag will drape the Palace on the south side of the building at 1200 Ocean Drive.
Beginning at 7 pm, following the end of Pride events, the fun continues at the Palace Superhero Block Party, with DJ DeMarko from New York City spinning till 11 pm.  The party takes place adjacent to the Palace, on 12th Street between Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue,
On Sunday, April 17 at 4 pm, Pride continues at the Palace with Pride Nation, featuring DJ Charlie Rojas, who has appeared at events including Ascension Pool Party on Fire Island, Winter Party on Miami Beach and Independence in Mexico City.
As the first and only gay restaurant/bar on Ocean Drive, Palace has entertained countless men and women for decades, and their legacy of infamous weekend drag shows, luscious libations and mouth-watering burgers prevails today.  Whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual or straight, it is the place to be on South Beach.

1200 Ocean Drive ▪ Miami Beach, FL 33139   305.531.7234

10:30 am         Parade-Viewing Brunch @ Palace - 1200 Ocean Drive
Noon               Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade - 5th - 14th Street on Ocean Drive
                        (Elvis Crespo will be on the Palace float)
1 - 7 pm          Latin Stage - Ocean Drive @ 12th Street
                        Elvis Crespo, Sohanny, DJ Maximus 3000, Drag Performers and more!
                        Wilson Cruz as MC
4:30                 Meet & Greet with Elvis Crespo - Palace, 1200 Ocean Drive
7 pm                Superhero Block Party - 12th Street, adjacent to Palace
4 pm                Pride Nation with DJ Charlie Rojas  - Palace, 1200 Ocean Drive


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