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Miami Heat hosting dance party for LGBTQ fans

The Miami Heat, for the second time, will host a free and open to the public dance party for South Florida’s LGBTQ community.

The Heat Loud and Proud Dance Party will take place 9 p.m.-midnight Wednesday, April 4 at AmericanAirlines Arena’s outdoor venue, the Xfinity East Plaza, overlooking Biscayne Bay (601 Biscayne Blvd., in Miami).

Guests must be 18 years of age or older. Admission is free, but attendees must RSVP at Heat.com/LoudAndProud.

“This year’s event is part of the official lineup of activities for Miami Beach Gay Pride, which we wholeheartedly support,” Michael McCullough, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of the Heat Group, wrote in an email.

The NBA team will be on the road playing the Atlanta Hawks, so the Miami Heat organization is trying to secure some former players for an appearance at the event.

Just like the inaugural dance party in 2016, during this year’s Heat Loud and Proud Dance Party, the team will make a financial donation to Aqua Foundation for Women, an organization that serves the lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in South Florida and supports homeless LGBTQ youth. In addition, the Miami Heat has created a limited edition “#PROUD Court Culture” shirt and will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the $28 shirt to AquaFoundation for Women.

The team will also host Miami Heat Pride Night April 11 when the Heat plays the Toronto Raptors. Tickets cost $25-$115. Each ticket purchase includes a Miami Heat Pride Hat. For more information or to order tickets, go to HEAT.com/tickets.

Miami Beach Gay Pride is April 2-8, culminating Sunday, April 8, in a parade with grand marshal Gus Kenworthy, the Olympian medalist, and performances by Thelma Houston and Taylor Dayne. For more information or tickets, go to MiamiBeachGayPride.com.

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