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Video | Rainbow flag raised at City Hall to mark opening of 2013 Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival

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Miami Beach Gay Pride committee members on Monday launch the fifth annual 2013 festival by raising a rainbow flag outside Miami Beach City Hall.

Miami Beach Gay Pride - rainbow flag at City Hall 2013-04-08 004Speakers include Babak Movahedi, chairman of Miami Beach Gay Pride; Miami Beach Commissioners Jorge Exposito and Michael Gongora.

After the flag raising, the Pride committee toasted its long-term "legacy" couples, some who've been together nearly 50 years.

Click here for a few more photos from the flag raising.

Video by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff.

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On Tuesday, the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce will host a Gay Pride mixer 6 to 9 p.m. at the Shore Club Hotel pool, 1901 Collins Ave. $5 chamber members; $15 nonmembers.

From the Pride website:

Mingle and network with Chamber members, guests and the community at large. Shore Club Hotel (back pool area) @ 1901 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Complimentary nibbles. Cocktails courtesy of GREY GOOSE Vodka. Cash bar for all other. Drawing for great prizes including restaurant & retail gift certificates, Lucky Strike Lanes Bowling Party, Pride event passes, and a chance to ride in the Chamber float on the Pride Parade! Leverage of the "Business Cards Bulletin Board" and members of the "Membership Committee" who will be present to answer inquiries and make introductions / connections. Photography by Juan Saco Mironoff of Miami-Gay-Blog.com. Audio Visual equipment by “Projectors on the Go”. Admission: $5 (Chamber members) / $15 (others). Portion of the proceeds to benefit Miami Beach Gay Pride. Reduced valet parking. Visit www.gaybizmiami.com for more details and to pre-register. Inquiries at 305-673-4440 or rsvp@gaybizmiami.com 

Miami Beach Gay Pride runs through Sunday, April 14, 2013, with a noon parade along Ocean Drive and a free performance by singer Adam Lambert in the evening.

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