Fuerte y Orgulloso. Strong and Proud. To celebrate the diverse, cultural heritage of LGBT Latinos, Miami Beach will host the first-ever Celebrate Orgullo on Saturday, October 1. Latinos are the fastest growing minority group in the United States and, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, comprise 65% of the total population in Miami-Dade County.

Azucar! The party kicks off at 12 p.m. on South Beach’s Lummus Park, at 12th Street and Ocean Drive, with dancing, singing, DJs, and a headlining performance by five-time Grammy Award winning Latin superstar, Olga Tañón.

The festivities coincide with the observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, from September 15 to October 15.   This year’s national theme is “Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor: The Renewed Hope of America.” Well, on October 1, Celebrate Orgullo sprinkles a little Pride into the mix.

Stay with family. No, not that kind—a different kind of papi. The Lords Hotel South Beach  opened last year as the pioneering property of the first gay hotel brand in the U.S.   It’s sassy and classy, and delightfully attitude-free.

You are in Miami; you need a taste of Cuban. David’s Café  has been serving up Cuban food on South Beach for 33 years. Open 24 hours at 2 locations, David will satisfy your cravings anytime.

The Palace Bar and Grill  continues to be the only gay bar/restaurant on Ocean Drive. Perfect for post-beach drinks and Sunday T-Dance.

An oldie but a goodie. With the motto, “Never a cover… Always a groove,” Twist  is seven bars in one, each with its own, unique vibe. Dance to hip-hop, salsa, top-40 or club music, or enjoy the “Bungalow Bar” with—truly—some of South Beach’s hottest go-go dancers.

This article was originally published in FuerteMen.com

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