Singer and Actor Alex Newell Named Miami Beach Pride's 2020 Celebrity Grand Marshal

Wednesday March 11, 2020

Miami Beach Pride is proud to announce Alex Newell, Grammy Award-nominated singer and actor, as its 2020 celebrity grand marshal.

On "Glee," Newell played one of network television's first transgender characters, Wade "Unique" Adams. Now, Newell stars as Mo, a gender-nonconforming character, in NBC's "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist."

Newell, who identifies as a gender-nonconforming male, taps his celebrity and talents to advance understanding and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. He uses his platform to uplift LGBTQ+ youth through advocacy work and collaborates closely with The Trevor Project and GLAAD, among other LGBTQ+ organizations.

In addition to participating in the Miami Beach Pride Parade on Ocean Drive April 5, Newell will perform on the Celebrity Cruises Stage at the Miami Beach Pride Festival at 7 p.m. Crowds can dance to a number of Newell's chart-topping hits, including his new song, "Boy, You Can Keep It." Newell and Grammy Award-winning DJ Tracy Young, who remixed "Boy, You Can Keep It," will perform the song together.

"I'm proud to serve as Miami Beach Pride's celebrity grand marshal this year," Newell said. "We're all working together to advance LGBTQ+ equality, and by sharing our unique talents and passions, we're inspiring others to embrace the powers of love, kindness and acceptance."

Newell joins Esera Tuaolo and Enrique Santos as Miami Beach Pride's 2020 marshals. Tuaolo, one of only 13 former NFL football players to come out as gay or bisexual, is serving as advocate grand marshal. Enrique Santos, chairman and chief creative officer of iHeartLatino, is the community grand marshal.

After taking the stage for the first time at a state fair at two years old, Newell has devoted his lifetime to singing and performing. Millions fell in love with Newell's voice as he brought Wade "Unique" Adams to life on "Glee" over the course of four seasons, offering a groundbreaking and influential depiction of one of network television's first transgender characters.

Generating more than 200 million career streams thus far, Newell introduced a simmering and slick style on his "POWER" extended play record in 2016, which hit No. 4 on the Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Fan favorites included "This Ain't Over," "Basically Over You (B.O.Y.)" and "Nobody To Love."

In addition to collaborating with Clean Bandit and The Knocks, Newell lent his vocal prowess to Blonde's "All Cried Out" and DJ Cassidy's "Kill The Lights" with Jess Glynne and Nile Rodgers. The latter reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Dance/Club chart.

"When you hear my music, you should want to shut down somebody's runway, strut down your hall, dance around, feel good or scream for no reason," Newell said.

Between headlining and supporting renowned artists like Adam Lambert on tour, Newell has ignited stages at Coachella, The Governor's Ball Music Festival and other events.

Broadway called Newell's name in 2018 when he joined the Tony-winning revival of "Once on This Island." After a stellar run playing the traditionally female role of Asaka, he received a Grammy Award nomination in the category of Best Musical Theater Album. He also delivered stunning performances of "Mama Will Provide" from the Broadway show on "Late Night with Seth Meyers," the "TODAY Show" and the 2018 Tony Awards.

Bruce Horwich, chairman of Miami Beach Pride, looks forward to celebrating Pride with Newell.

"Alex Newell is the perfect embodiment of a celebrity grand marshal," Horwich said. "We can't wait to kick off our parade with him at our side. His unique blend of talents, superstar quality and dedication to empowering the LGBTQ+ community nationwide inspires us to keep fighting for our rights with confidence."

About Miami Beach Pride

Miami Beach Pride is a nine-day celebration taking place March 28-April 5, 2020. Events include a rainbow flag raising ceremony at Miami Beach City Hall, a festival and parade with exclusive VIP areas, renowned celebrities, musical performances, refreshments, food, a lounge for LGBTQ+ seniors, "The Garden of Eve" Women's Tent, the Tea Tent, and family-friendly and pet play areas. Other events include a Pride Lights the Night remembrance for the victims of the PULSE nightclub shooting, a Queer Art Pop-Up Showcase, a Miss Miami Beach Pride drag queen pageant, a Social Justice Night, the Miami Beach Pride Ball and an exclusive VIP Gala.

Since its inception in 2009, Miami Beach Pride has grown from a neighborhood event to an international extravaganza featuring A-list celebrities such as Gus Kenworthy, Ross Mathews, Bebe Rexha, Andy Cohen, Elvis Duran, Iggy Azalea, Jordin Sparks, Gloria Estefan and Adam Lambert. After its inaugural year in 2009, with an estimated 15,000 spectators, Miami Beach Pride has grown to an event attracting approximately 170,000 attendees. In addition to parade spectators, the 2019 event included more than 100 parade contingencies, 35 floats and 4,000 participants.

Miami Beach Pride is made possible with the support of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, the City of Miami Beach, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Celebrity Cruises returns as presenting sponsor. While still a work in progress, additional sponsors for Miami Beach Pride 2020, as of February 28, 2020, include AHF Pharmacy; Ambiente Magazine/Unity Coalition; American Airlines; Anidjar & Levine Accident Attorneys; Atlantic Broadband; AxelBeach Miami; Babe Wine; Baptist Health; Belle Isle Moonshine; Bud Light; Capital One; the Clevelander; Coca-Cola; the Confidante; Crunch Fitness; Crystal Academy; Delta Airlines; Dr. Brandt Skincare; Dunkin' Donuts; Edge Media Network; Entercom; Enterprise Holdings; Gilead; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; The Hartford; HealthMerch; Herradura; Jack Daniel's; Jack Daniel's Country Cocktails; Jackson Health Systems; Korbel Prosecco; Let's Stop HIV Together; Lexus; Lincoln Road; Magic City Casino; Miami Foundation; Mini USA; the Nest Rooftop Sunset Lounge; Nissan; NBC 6, Out of the Closet Thrift Stores; Telemundo 51 and Comcast Spotlight; The Postcard Agency; Red Bull; Source Events; South Beach Group Hotels; TD Bank; Tito's Handmade Vodka; Trulieve; University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities; Visa; W. BRADFORD; Waste Management; and Wire Magazine.

For more information about Miami Beach Pride 2020, please visit