Central Florida and Visitors Worldwide Come to Celebrate LGBT Pride in Polk County from June 13-16, and We’ll See You There

It’s coming quickly and it’s going to be all over Lakeland for three days as the Polk Pride event returns to town on June 13-16.
Anyone who wants to find out more about it should attend the Pride Week Launch Party at Lakeland Pulse on Main Street. It starts at 9 p.m. and will last until 2 a.m. where there will be drinks, drag and dancing for anyone who has the cover charge to get in.
With a myriad of sponsors for the growing event– including our team here at Alfa Romeo of Winter Haven– more than 5,000 people from inside and outside the LGBT Central Florida community will be all over Lakeland taking pride in themselves and showing it to anyone and everyone.
Alfa Romeo of Winter Haven will have a booth set up on the corner of Kentucky Avenue and Main Street and visitors won’t miss it when they spot the rainbow decaled Fiat on display. It’s more than just a display. People on hand can take a picture of with the decaled Fiat, upload it to Facebook at hashtag #whfiatpride and the entry with the most likes will win a $100 gift card.
Also at the booth, participants can get special rainbow sunglasses and as it is June in Florida, these should be a much needed item for the day.
Events for this Wednesday-Saturday festival happen all over Lakeland and starts with the Pride for Youth event at St. David’s Episcopal Church on Edgewood Drive on Wednesday. Thursday is the Pride in Faith at 7 p.m. Friday at Beacon Hill Fellowship where people of all religions come together to worship together.
The next day, at 7 p.m., is the Pride Kickoff at the Peggy Brown Building on South Lake Avenue. The cocktail reception will feature some live music and an opportunity for Polk Pride to thank sponsors of the festival.
Saturday is the the party in the park day with much of it taking place in Munn Park.
Pride in the Park kicks off the day at 10 a.m. Billed a day of family fun there will be live music, vendors, community sponsors, food trucks (gotta have food … drinks too because, after all, this is June in Florida). Word is local favorite band Halcyon is one of the performers and Melissa Crispo will bring her unique blues sound to the stage as well.
The event will come to an end at the closing party at Lkld Live on North Massachusetts Avenue. Tickets for the after party event are available online at for $10.
Polk Pride, now in its fourth year, is dedicated to awareness and acceptance of the LGBT community of Polk County. Its mission is to bring unity, equality and understanding to people throughout Central Florida. The event is also sponsored by the Lakeland Youth Alliance.