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Miami's Gay8 Festival is back on, moved to February 2018

Miami’s Gay8 Festival is now officially uncanceled.

After a scheduling conflict over a preferred date in January 2018, organizers and the city of Miami have found a new date for the daylong LGBTQ festival: Feb. 18, during the Presidents Day holiday weekend.

“We are grateful to the city of Miami for understanding our constraints and appreciating our position,” said festival organizer Damian Pardo in a release. “We believe that through our meeting yesterday, the city demonstrated their commitment to diversity and inclusion. We also look forward to working with the city to improve the permit process.”

The group, which has staged the free daylong street festival celebrating LGBTQ culture since 2016, had wanted to have the event on Jan. 14, during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

However, Miami city officials said Gay8 organizers had not secured the desired date early enough, according to a Miami Herald story. That date had already been approved for Univision’s Three Kings Day Parade.

“The city of Miami has a first-come, first-serve policy for special event permits,” Diana Gonzalez, Miami’s communications director, reportedly told The Miami Herald by email. “The organizers of the Gay8 Festival are aware of this policy since on July 14, 2016, they submitted a permit application for the festival held January 15, 2017.”

During a press conference Thursday morning at the Cubaocho Museum and Performing Arts Center in Miami, Gay8 coordinators announced the new date and called off a planned LGBTQ boycott on having special events in the city.

“Gay8 Festival has been a diverse fun festival that catapulted onto Calle Ocho with 17,000 people year one and more than doubled to 35,000 people year two,” festival organizer Joe Cardona added. “It did so because thousands of people believe working together across all communities is a good thing.”

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