The fifth annual gay pride festival in Puerto Vallarta will take place the week of May 21-28. Seven days of revelry blast off Sunday, May 21 with the welcoming party at Mantamar Beach Club.
The workhorse that is the aforementioned club – which doubles as a bar & grill – will also pay host to the following: three DJ Beat pool parties, held Monday-Wednesday, May 22-24, starting at 11 a.m.; Fashion Party, Thursday, May 25, 7-11 p.m.; Her Party, Friday, May 26, 8 p.m.; White Party “Carnevale,” Saturday May 27, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Vallarta Pride’s farewell blowout, Sunday, May 28, 7-11 p.m.
Puerto Vallarta has for years been a mecca for the world’s LGBTQ community, who have injected untold sums into the town’s economy, a fact that hasn’t escaped the notice of its grand poohbahs. In April of this year, the municipal government created the Office of Gender Equality and have had a hand in instituting sensitivity training for local businesses in order to foster a friendly and safe atmosphere for the city’s LGBTQ visitors and residents.