Gay8 organizers on Tuesday said they’ve canceled their upcoming third LGBTQ festival in Little Havana after the city of Miami gave their presumed date during Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend in January to the annual Three Kings Parade.
“The news was catastrophic as Gay8 Festival’s programming and fundraising had been built around the MLK weekend,” according to a statement from Gay8 founders Joe Cardona and Damian Pardo. “Further, organizers were shocked that no one in the city had contacted Gay8 Festival.”
Gay8, a free street festival to celebrate LGBTQ art, music and culture in the heart of Calle Ocho between 14th and 17th avenues, began in 2016.