Sky Hi Productions has been assisting the production of major community based events related to Miami Beach Gay Pride since 2012. We have coordinatied with various teams to execute the envisioned yearly concept of the festival and the parade and serving as the conduit between essential bars, bartenders, business, charities, foundations and revelers both local and tourist.
Miami Beach Gay Pride is an extraordinary three-day event that features a Beach Party and a Festival & Parade with more than 125 LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, exciting celebrities, musical performances, refreshments, food and a family-friendly play area.
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 Mario Lopez, Elvis Duran, Iggy Azalea, Jordin Sparks, Gloria Estefan and Adam Lambert. Attendance has grown as well. An estimated 15,000 spectators turned out for the first Pride parade in 2009; an estimated 130,000 attended the event in 2016. In addition to Parade spectators, last April’s event included more than 70 parade contingencies, 35 floats and 3,000 participants.
It was a fairytale come true for Gene Kagan and Robert Vincent Regina, who tied the knot Oct. 18 in what’s believed to be the first gay wedding to be held at Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal.
“New York is our home, most of our friends and family are here,” Kagan, a clothing designer and founder of Lola & Sophie, told The Huffington Post in an email. Regina, who is the owner and vice president of Almost Famous Clothing, had been dreaming of “a Carrie Bradshaw wedding,” according to Kagan.
So how did the ceremony live up to Regina’s “Sex and the City”-style fantasy? “I think he got it and then some,” Kagan quipped.
Of course, the iconic New York location had special symbolic significance for the couple.
“One of the fun reasons we chose Grand Central Terminal is the fact that it’s a terminal and not a station,” said Jack Nolan, the CEO and president of The Impression Group South, which produced the event. “In early railroad parlance, stations allow travel in two directions while a terminal only goes one way. Perfect irony, absolute perfect.”
The seductive red glow seeping out of a massive white tent at Duffy Square in Times Square drew a steady stream of curious visitors this afternoon—part of a free, four-day pop-up visitors center, A Taste of Abu Dhabi, set up by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. Operating from 10am-9pm daily now through May 19, the pop-up is meant to signal the arrival of a New York–based Abu Dhabi tourism office (in Trump Tower) and to raise awareness of this United Arab Emirates capital as a beautiful, cultured, cutting-edge travel destination.
Though the splashy gimmick confused some tourists (who stood on the tent-entry line thinking they were queuing up for Broadway-show tickets at the nearby TKTS booth), most seemed to know where they were, and were curious to learn more about a far-flung destination they knew little about. Inside, guests were shuttled through various stations, treated to platters of dates, tiny cups of strong coffee, henna tattoos, dabs of essential oils like frankincense and sandalwood, and photos of themselves (to be posted online) posing in traditional Arabic garb along with a rather timid-looking falcon. A final stop featured a promotional video about Abu Dhabi, chock full of images including architectural wonders, wide sandy deserts, beautiful beaches, the iconic YAS Hotel and the world’s largest theme park, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, with the world’s fastest roller coaster. Read more…
The Key West Luxury Village at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa marked its official grand opening with a lavish celebration on May 18, 2014. The new village, which brings the already award-winning property to new heights, is the first major expansion since the grand opening of the resort’s Italian Village in 2009. From the presentation of two Six Star Diamond Awards and speeches by government officials and dignitaries from throughout the Caribbean, to the official ribbon ceremony, the Key West inspired event was capped with a lively Sesame Street® Carnival Celebration and after-party reminiscent of Key West’s Mallory Square, complete with a Jimmy Buffett cover band, “The Landsharks,” acrobats, fire dancers, mermaids, firework display and family-friendly fun for all.
Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa marked its official grand opening at a lavish celebration on April 28, 2014. Highlights include a performance by “America’s Got Talent” contestant William Close of The Earth Harp Collective, the presentation of two Six Star Black Diamond Awards and two Six Star Green Diamond Awards from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS), an elaborate presentation of Sandals Resorts Discovery Dining experience, and speeches from special guests including Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts, Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts, Joseph D. Cinque, president and CEO of AAHS, Her Excellency Dr. Cecile La Grenade, Governor General of Grenada, Dr. The Right Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, and the Hon. Alexandra Otway-Noel, Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation & Culture.
Norwegian Getaway, the newest ship of Norwegian Cruise Line was christened on February 7, 2014, by the ship’s godmothers, the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. The ceremony included many other familiar names/faces and included an upbeat musical performance by musical superstar Armando Christian Perez aka Pitbull. Brooke Burke-Charvet, former co-host of “Dancing with the Stars,” was the event’s master of ceremonies.
Norwegian Getaway is the largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami. Throughout the christening ceremony, which took place in three themed venues around the ship, Norwegian Getaway’s Miami flair was on full display. The ship’s outdoor theater, Spice H20, transformed into the Magic City Lounge with the Miami skyline in the background, where Tito Puente Jr. started the party, followed by the dance cast of Burn the Floor. The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders flipped the switch lighting up Miami and the bottle smashed against the side of the ship to officially christen her.
Greater Fort Lauderdale prepares for the Goodbye Chilly, Hello Sunny event at Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink.
Hello Sunny Heats Up Rockefeller Center
January 16, 2013
Goodbye Chilly and Hello Sunny New York City!
Starmark and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau (GFL) teamed up once again with a campaign that turned up the heat in NYC today, and they’ll do it again in London on January 22 and wrap up in Chicago on February 6. Designed to warm up the frozen north and drive visitation to Fort Lauderdale, the “Goodbye Chilly. Hello Sunny” special events will transform these cities into a tropical paradise for the day complete with palm trees, beach sand and Florida sunshine! Plus, a beach on wheels with bikini-clad sunbathers enjoying the day under the Florida sunshine! Read more…