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Lea DeLaria Announced as 'Vallarta Pride' Grand Marshal for 2015

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | March 16, 2015

Lea DeLaria Announced as 'Vallarta Pride' Grand Marshal for 2015

Lea DeLaria, perhaps best known for her role as "Big Boo" on the hit Netflix series "Orange is the New Black," will be the Grand Marshal at Puerto Vallarta's "Vallarta Pride" LGBT event later this year.

The annual event will take place over the course of eight days in the Mexican beach resort city, beginning on May 17 and continuing through May 24.

DeLaria, who in addition to being an actress is a comedian and jazz musician, will Grand Marshal the Vallarta Parade scheduled for her birthday on May 23, according to a press release earlier this year. The 56-year-old Belleville, Illinois native will also be participating in the "Big Boobs Birthday Bash," an all women's party.

"Lea DeLaria seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her stand-out role as Big Boo in the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black.  And while she went from being able to walk around a city with the occasional 'hey it’s you' to not being able to walk into a Dollar Store in a suburb without getting asked for a picture, the fact is, Lea has been a professional lesbian for 30 years," states the press release. 

In addition to DeLaria, 2015's Vallarta Pride event will feature an Andrew Christian fashion show as well as an International Film Festival Screening. Meanwhile, the beloved Drag Derby and Sunset Commitment Ceremony are slated to return in 2015. 

A popular destination for a wide range of travelers including those in the LGBT community, Puerto Vallarta is home to a number of LGBT-owned businesses and others aimed at LGBT travelers and consumers. 

Puerto Vallarta also features a plethora of gay-friendy hotels and resorts. The CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, Casa Cupula Gay Hotel Boutique Guesthouse, Costa Sur, Villa Mercedes and Luna Liquida are among the premier local accommodations inviting LGBT community members.

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