Skip to comments.'Redneck Riviera' home to large gay Memorial Day bash
Posted on 05/26/2007 7:00:50 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3
PENSACOLA BEACH -- Souvenir shops that line this sugary white Panhandle beach display Confederate flag beach towels, window decals and T-shirts. Hooters and other bars fly POW-MIA, Marine and Navy flags and cater to the sailors and Marines from the nearby base. Vacationing Southern families usually fill the hotels and condominiums in this slice of paradise long nicknamed "The Redneck Riviera." But every Memorial Day they mostly stay away as this Florida Panhandle town becomes more like trendy Miami Beach -- 700 miles and a world away. Starting in the mid-1980s, gay men from New Orleans and other nearby cities began gathering here for a three-day party that has grown into one of the South's largest gay gatherings, attracting more than 60,000 people in 2004 before hurricanes Ivan and Dennis destroyed many beach roads and buildings. Following two years of rebuilding, organizers anticipate 50,000 this weekend -- and the resulting culture clash. Instead of flying rainbow flags to symbolize gay pride, people should fly American flags on Memorial Day, Godfrey said. "I think what goes on out there on the beach on Memorial Day is surprising to a lot of people who move into our community.
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“for a three-day party that has grown into one of the South’s largest gay gatherings,”
Take a tablespoon of bleach and mix with a gallon of water.
After this event, use that mixture to disinfect everything.
Later pingout as long as my computer doesn’t rebel against me.
I hope the locals enjoy the extra business
but for me, I think I’ll go somewhere else
Brings an entirely new meaning to the old Jimmy Buffett song
“Lola loves Frank, Frankie loves Lola
“On a second honeymoon in Pensacola....”
(...where instead of being a woman, Lola is the title character of the old Kinks song that looks like a woman and talks like a man.)
I can just see them now on the beach in shock!
I see then we have more than one Redneck Rivieras, another one stretches from Holiday to Crystal River Fl.
Thankfully, the UV radiation does a pretty good job of killing off any ‘bugs’ left over from the festivities.
I’d say the term is more generally known for the Panhandle Gulf Coast of FL and MS. Say Gulf Shores - Pensacola - Fort Walton - Destin - Panama City, and maybe on over to Apalachicola. I’ve never heard it used to refer to Peninsula beaches.
Strange story since this has been going on since late 1980’s. That is possibly over 20 years and they are complaining now???? What is up with sleepy Pensacola that they would not have been saying something 20 years ago. It is way to late to try and change it now. Will never happen. What it will now do is attract even more gays next year to the point where they will have 100,000 next year instead of 50,000. What weird people down there.
Thankfully, we don’t have a beach in Apalachicola....that would be on St. George Island.
The activities are primarily on Pensacola beach which is located across the bay from Pensacola. You cross two bridges to get out to the ft. pickens area where the beaches are. There are plenty of beaches that run from Pensacola east to Gulf Shores thru Orange Beach Al with a number of fed and state and community beach areas. The weekend event stays pretty well restricted to Pensacola beach and has not caused any particular problems.
No, the Redneck Riviera has always been the Florida panhandle - centered on Panama City, but now including Destin and Pensacola. The only competition would be Myrtle Beach, S.C.
“Starting in the mid-1980s, gay men from New Orleans and other nearby cities began gathering here for a three-day party that has grown into one of the South’s largest gay gatherings, attracting more than 60,000 people in 2004 before hurricanes Ivan and Dennis destroyed many beach roads and buildings.”
I know we’re not supposed to say that God is punishing certain areas, but it does seem odd that areas where these types of events are prevalent, hurricanes come along and destroy them. Disneyworld started “Gay Day” in the 90’s, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they are in for a rude awakening one hurricane season.
That is good then why the story?
Sounds like a good time for Karl Rove’s hurricane machine to get a good workout.
Gays Days at the ORLANDO area THEME PARKS, begins Memorial Day weekend and runs through June 4.
My daughters wanted to attend the first Star Wars weekends on June 1 - that's the last weekend on Florida Season Passes before the summer blackout.
When I told my girls (aged 19 and almost 17) who all would be there - they immediately changed their plans. Being the good mom I am, I offered to pay for a day pass on any other weekend. They've never been to a Star Wars weekend, I want them to go at least once.
In my opinion, DISNEY should black out that week and give us another in it's place - and they really should warn families who plan vacations in the area of this sick, pedophelic activity - whether DISNEY sanctions Gay Days or not (the excuse they give). Too bad Walt is no longer here to see what his family park has become.
Needless to say, I will not renew our season passes.
That's your boss's story.
Thank heaven they go to Pensacola to do this....keeps them over 100 miles west of where I live (Panama City).
Panama City Beach has gotten kicked out of the “Redneck Riviera” because just about all the cheap hotel/motels have been bought out and replaced by expensive condos. The rednecks are (noticeably) missing, especially the past three years.
Plenty of people have tried to steer this event away from here. The local politicians direct law enforcement to look the other way.
My wife has been threatened with arrest for praying on the parking lot of one of the venues for the after dark events the gays have during the weekend.
The Memorial day weekend “festivities” were formerly centered in a secluded piece of beach between Pensacola and Navarre. Hurricanes Opal and Erin made and X on that beach within 6 weeks of each other several years ago ( go to a Hurricane archive to see the tracks.
Ivan, Dennis and Katrina did a pretty good job of trashing the gay beach even more recently, the beach road is still gone between Pensacola and Navarre.
Many local pastors speak against the Memorial day gay bash but their reward is to be called bigoted homophobes by the media.
I don’t think the Alabama beaches would embrace the gay weekend as does nearby P’cola. The “family friendly” reputation of Pensacola beach has been tarnished by the continued backing of Memorial “Gay” weekend. Families go to Johnson’s beach on Perdido Key of travel further West to intolerant Alabama.
I am sorry that you have to go through that especially your wife getting harassed. Truthfully I don’t care that they get together and have their weekend, but why on Earth in Pensacola and on Memorial Day Weekend. They should all go down to Key West. I heard that they would be in more accepting company. lol.
I'm sorry, but hurricanes have always hit Florida. When a hurricane hits San Francisco or Provincetown, Massachusetts, you'll have my attention. But a hurricane in a part of the world that has seen frequent hurricanes during all of recorded history? Not too persuasive.
An X on the beach??? WOW!! Any pics?
Why I didn't go get a cop, I can't recall.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
I’m in ATL, so in reasonable driving distance to all the places discussed on this, here. The stretch I’ve described, and especially PC, would be the most common understanding for the term, in these parts.
It sorta aggravates me the way the Yankee press calls this area the redneck riviera.
The true redneck riviera is Gulf Shores Alabama.
South Walton county along Hwy 30-A has some of the most expensive real estate in the country and is my favorite place to take my large family to rent a beachfront home for a week in the summer. We have been doing that for 8 years now. It ain’t cheap.
I grew up in Jackson Miss and went to HS in Fairhope Al and fished out of Destin for years back when there was only the Holiday Inn and it was wilderness on 98 tween there and Panama City.
Now, we go to Seagrove. You go on a music nite to the town square at Seaside where you will see a gathering of some of the prettiest mommies the south has to offer with their children playing and teenaged kids flirting about giggling (sneaking cigs like I woulda done) and dads like me just taking it all in(and worrying about how much we are spending per hour for this)....i can tell you....redneck is the last thing that comes to mind. I have never seen more beautiful classy women tanned and sundresses and happy families.
it’s more like a Norman Rockwell moment southern style and hardly comes cheap.
Redneck my arse...that’s some pasty(and jealous) northerner’s snide invention.
Pensacola has always been a fav for homosexuals....as long as I can remember.
folks want a homo-heaven beach.....try Fire Island.
LOL!! Very Good Lady Jane...I’ll use that line on him monday when I tease them about this:)
And they spend lots of it.
I guess I’m showing my age.
Here is a “gay”story to trump yours.I’m at the local library and walk into the restroom.The stall door is closed so I go back out in the lobby and wait for the person to finish.A few minutes later this 15 year old boy walks out the door all red in the face and dazed.I walk back in and found out the stall door was STILL locked-HMM,I thought-thats strange.So I walk back into the lobby.
A couple of minutes later this old man around 80 walks out the bathroom door huffing and puffing and trying to adjust his dentures!All of a sudden I realized what had been going on in that stall.
I drove home and used the restroom THERE that day.
I don’t bash the Jersey shore or Jones Beach...or Gawd forbid....toney Sag Harbour.
8 years in Manhattan.
it’s condescending when in actuality we are talking about arguably the prettiest beach in the country populated by the prettiest most conservative bunch to be found on any beach this side of the Great Salt Lake....hardly rednecks except at PCB and as another poster noted...that is changing rapidly....there are Yates cranes everywher
South Walton is more quaint.,...crowded but quaint.
My husband and his same sex co-worker went there together unknowingly. They wondered why the locals kept snickering at them everytime they went to a store or restaurant. Once at the beach, they figured out what was going on after men started hitting on them. They left soon after.
Every Memorial Day weekend now I kid him about P’Cola.
Wardaddy! You’re back!!!!!
Where have you been?
I’ve been looking for you.
You were missed.
Not in Pensacola. They had a 40 year span where they had no hurricanes, and then suddenly they started having them sometimes three or 4 a year, starting in the 80’s.
I went for a long walk...lol
things changed....i’m back
i have friends here who stuck their necks out for me...
good to see you too
this place has a nice fresh smell to it
like fresh laundry hanging on my mother’s clothesline in May down in Mississippi...nice cotton sheets
fresh and clean....no more dirt.
how are my allegories (or is that metaphors) so far?
check out my homepage for what went on while I had more time on my hands...
PS...my wife is grateful I’m back here
I absolutely loved both of your posts.
I’ve really missed your way with words.
You take me home...
You write as well as Dash Gough (Goff?). lol
Your allegories (or metaphors) are a sight to behold.
I’m glad your wife is happy, too.
I recently learned that Disney theme parks have some kind of ‘remembrance wall’ or something to that effect, where park patrons can pay to leave behind a message relating their experience at the Disney park. But apparently, Disney prohibits patrons from using any reference to ‘God’ in such messages. (it might offend someone)
For that reason I will boycott anything Disney as mush as possible.
However each Christmas, Disney has the token worship festival known as the Candlelight Processional, in which my daughters have sang twice now. We, as Christians, use that opportunity, however small, to plant a "seed" for those who might not know Christ.
Please get your facts straight. Disney World did not start Gay Days. They do not sponsor the event and never have.