The movement began in June of 2018 when Fernandina Beach Commissioner and Mayor Johnny Miller arranged to fly the gay pride flag over city hall for one week in acknowledgement and celebration of the Fernandina Beach LGBTQ+ community. In September 2018 the city commission passed a resolution that only allows for the federal, state and city flags to be flown over city hall. During discussion at this meeting, several members of our seaside village spoke about the importance of recognizing the LGBTQ+ community in Fernandina Beach. Each and every commissioner agreed that instead of flying a flag we should hold a Gay Pride Parade instead.
June 8, 2019, brought an exciting parade to downtown Fernandina Beach with a weekend-long festival held at Central Park afterwards. There were vendors, speakers, live music, food booths and more at this colorful and peaceful event.
June 9th brought an interfaith worship service celebrating Pride to Main Beach in Fernandina Beach.
This Fernandina Beach Gay Pride Weekend will surely become an annual festivity.