Local Landmark Buildings and Commercial Properties Throughout the Miami will be lit in Rainbow-Colored Lights for Miami Beach Gay Pride
Miami Beach Gay Pride, presented by Celebrity Cruises, will pay tribute to the victims, families and friends of the PULSE Nightclub shooting by orchestrating “Pride Lights the Night” where buildings throughout the greater Miami area will light up awash in the colors of the Pride rainbow flag. Properties can also participate by flying the rainbow flag on the exterior of their structures. “Pride Lights the Night” will take place after sunsets on April 7, 8 and 9, with all of the buildings participating Saturday night.
Miami Beach Gay Pride board member Scott Bader told Hotspots “The Pride Board discussed in length what to do for a PULSE Tribute and while thinking about it, I came up with the idea of lighting buildings symbolic of a night light of a child. A night light is a symbol of safety from the darkness that many of us use in childhood, and light can have such a positive spiritual meaning that I thought it would be wonderful. In essence they will be watching over us at night during Pride, keeping us safe.” Pride’s board chairman Mark Fernandes added “There won’t be a neighbor or a stranger who won’t be aware of this tribute and be touched by this showing of unity.”
Committed to participate in “Pride Lights the Night” are a diverse collection of landmark buildings and commercial properties including: Miami Tower, American Airlines Arena, Miami Beach City Hall, Miami Beach Old City Hall, Freedom Tower, Wolfsonian-Florida International University, New World Center, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and InterContinental Miami, among many others.
The plan is to have 49 structures lit in rainbow colors to symbolize each of the lives that were lost in the Pulse massacre. They are still soliciting help from buildings to get the desired 49 lit up. Miami Beach Gay Pride has set up a page for more information including an interactive map that will show exactly what buildings will be lit. They plan to have official photographs of each building and they are even working with the US Coast Guard to help coordinate areal pictures from a Helicopter.
For more information on “Pride Lights the Night,” to register a property to participate, or to see the interactive map of committed buildings, visit http://miamibeachgaypride.com/pulse or call Scott Bader, Pride’s board secretary at 305-673-4440.