Pensacola, The Gay Riviera

That’s what it’s known to be called around here on Memorial Day Weekend. There’s been less and Kirk Newkirk, of Key Sailing, stands outside his boat and waverunner rental business on Pensacola Beach, Fla., while a Gay Pride rainbow flag flies, behind, Thursday, May 24, 2007. This conservative stretch of the Florida Panhandle that twice sent George Bush to the White House and usually attracts family vacationers from the Deep South, is transformed each Memorial Day by more than 50,000 gay tourists who come for a three-day beach bash. (AP Photo/Tony Giberson)less objection to it over the years. Money, money, and a more tolerant community are the three main reasons for the greater overall acceptance.

This also marks the best weekend in over two years due to rebuilding efforts after hurricane Ivan. The beach needs a good season.

Another pic from the beach.

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