(EW) – For many of us in the Wiregrass the Gulf Coast is like a second home to us, an escape from our everyday lives.  We’ve flocked to the shores of Pensacola Beach for the infamous Memorial Day Pride for years. Most of us have been to the former Fiesta La Royale Lounge to see the legendary DeeDee Williams of Panama City perform. The Fiesta was also the starting point of Ambrosia Starling’s drag career as she mentioned in her interview on the Jason Childs Radio Show earlier this week.

This weekend Pensacola Pride will host its annual Festival in the Park.  The event will include live Entertainment from national headliners including Sandra Valls. Sandra performed in two Showtime comedy specials, “The Latin Divas of Comedy” and “Pride: LGBT Comedy Slam!”  The day will include arts, crafts, product vendors, plus food, drinks, beer, and frozen drinks. This is a family friendly festival so please bring a blanket or chair and prepare to spend the whole day. Pets on leashes are welcome!  Pensacola PRIDE runs from Saturday, June 11th, to Saturday, June 18th, with events every day around the Pensacola area. For more information, go to http://ggnwfl.com/  or email PensacolaPRIDE@gmail.com for more information.

Today I had the pleasure of speaking to, William Shurbutt, Community Outreach & Public Relations Director for Pride of the Panhandle. William told me,

“I would like to welcome the Wiregrass to this year’s  ‘Glowing With Pride 2016’ taking place the week of June 20-26, Panama City Beach is a family destination and we embrace LGBT families and their children. That is why we plan a large number of events during Pride Week and throughout the year that is kid inclusive.”

A large number of events isn’t an exaggeration, and there are plenty of events that are family friendly!  If you’re not able to make it to the various events in Alabama you should definitely consider visiting our sister city.  A portion of all proceeds benefit the Abundant Life Community Church & Beach Cares Services, both of  Panama City Beach, FL

Take a look at their week of “Glowing with Pride.”

It all starts on Monday June 20th with the Mister and Miss Pride of The Panhandle Pageant at the Palms Conference Center.  The pageant begins at 8 pm with registration deadline at 4 pm.

On Tuesday, June 21st at 7 pm, the first 50 attendees will receive free game play at Dave and Busters, Pier Park.

Glow Party Splash Bar begins at 8 pm on Wednesday June 22nd, with face & body paint by Amanda’s Productions at 11:30 and 1 am, featuring Jordan Allen, Ambrosia Starling and more.

 “Make your plans now to attend this special night of glowing fun and debauchery and meet the Queen of Truth and Justice for all.”


Thursday, Abundant Life Community Church will be hosting Potluck Dinner. Be sure to bring your favorite covered dish!  The Memorial Service has been moved to Gulf State Community College at 7:30 pm due to the recent events in Orlando and the larger than expected crowd.

Friday, things are heating up with an adult-oriented event, The Block Party, Hosted by Jimmy’s Curve Grill at 8 pm.  There will be live music featuring Hangar Sixx Band, dunking booth, karaoke, games, and plenty of fun.

Saturday morning, you won’t want to forget your sunblock!  Sapphire Nicole Rachels will host a beach party at Rick Seltzer Park on Thomas Drive.

Be sure to save some energy for Throrgy Thor from Ru Paul’s Season 8 Drag Race, Saturday night at Splash Bar Florida. Doors will open at 8pm with shows at 12 am and 2am.

The “2016 Glowing with Pride “ will wrap up its weeklong festivities with the Pride Family Festival, hosted by Pier Park WalMart.  The event will include fun for the whole family, including live music featuring Sticks and Stones Band, games, hot food, and more !

Fore more information visit, www.prideofthepanhandle.com