LGBTQ South Florida

Miami Beach Gay Pride to honor two ‘Legacy couples,’ each together more than 50 years

Legacy couple Mary Maguire and Jackie Emmett have been partnered for 53 years.
Legacy couple Mary Maguire and Jackie Emmett have been partnered for 53 years.

Two same-sex couples each together more than a half-century will be honored Thursday evening at a Miami Beach Gay Pride fundraiser at BB&T Bank in South Beach.

Here’s the news release:

BB&T Bank, in partnership with Miami Beach Gay Pride, will host a fundraising reception to honor the popular “Legacy Couples” program established during the first Miami Beach Gay Pride in 2009 and held every year since. Legacy Couples are featured guests of the Miami Beach Gay Pride parade and are celebrated for their committed relationships of 10 years or longer. Special guests at the event will be Frank Petrole and Marc Rudick, together for 55 years, and Mary Maguire and Jackie Emmett, together for 53 years.

The fundraising reception will take place Thursday, February 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the BB&T South Beach branch at 1691 Michigan Avenue, Suite 100. For a minimum suggested donation of $20 at the door, guests will be treated to a Luis Molina art exhibition, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, courtesy of Pinnacle Vodka. In addition to Petrole, Rudick, Maguire and Emmett, the reception will also honor Legacy Couples from previous Prides as well as encourage coupleswho’ve been together for 10 years or more to sign up as Legacy Couples this year. Legacy Couples receive invitations to special Pride events, recognition on the Pride website and the honor of riding on the Legacy Float during the Miami Beach Gay Pride parade on Sunday, April 12, where multi-talented entertainer Mario Lopez will serve as the Grand Marshal.

“For more than 140 years, BB&T has supported the goals of our clients, friends and neighbors by sharing financial knowledge and guidance,” said Arthur Costa, BB&T Regional Multicultural Markets Officer. “We also support the individuals and organizations that broaden our perspectives and strengthen the diverse fabric of our communities. That’s why BB&T is proud to be a part of this day of pride and celebration of the 2015 Legacy Couples.”

The reception will also feature a special surprise announcement that BB&T will make in conjunction with their sponsorship of Pride this year.

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Since its inception in 2009, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown from a neighborhood event to an event on the global stage with A-list celebrities such as Adam Lambert performing in 2013 and Gloria Estefan serving as Grand Marshal in 2014. Attendance has grown as well. An estimated 15,000 spectators turned out for the first Pride parade in 2009; an estimated 100,000 attended the two-day event in 2014, which attracted not only South Floridians, but also visitors from throughout the world. In addition to Parade spectators, the April 2014 event included more than 100 parade contingencies, 35 floats and 2,000 participants.

The Pride Festival which followed featured 145 LGBTQ-friendly vendors and businesses, plus refreshments, two stages of entertainment, a family-friendly play area and fireworks. Recently, Miami Beach Gay Pride was named one of the “Top 100 Events of the Year” for 2014 by BizBash Magazine and earned the Pink Flamingo Award for “Favorite Multi-Day Event” for the second year in a row.

For 2015, Miami Beach Gay Pride will become a full, two-day festival, April 11 – 12, and will include a Saturday beach party, women’s events and a community stage for South Florida artists to perform. Expected attendance is projected to top 100,000. Miami Beach Gay Pride is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners and the Miami Beach Visitors and Convention Authority. For more information visit