Windamar Street, Fort Lauderdale
Surely the only thing better than celebrating Gay Pride is ringing it in on the beach? Well, luckily, Fort Lauderdale Pride allows you to do both! Although it’s been running for 40 years, this is only the third time that Fort Lauderdale Pride is to be held on Fort Lauderdale beach. This is the oldest Pride celebration in Florida, and promises a whole load of fun each year. From beach festivals to organized parties in Fort Lauderdale's gayborhood, Wilton Manors, you're guaranteed to remember this pride.
For 2019, Fort Lauderdale Pride will kick off on February 21, and will welcome the exciting theme of Carnival. So grab your most elebaborate mask for this year's celebration, and will meet you on the sand!
While Fort Lauderdale may be small in size, its annual Pride is larger than life. The jam-packed program is catered to all tastes and will include four days' worth of fun-filled entertainment. This year's installment will be particularly special as it will be the first time a Pride Parade will take place. The parade will kick off on Saturday, February 23 at 5:30pm from Windamar Street. It will proceed along the scenic beachfront, and conclude at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. In keeping with this year's theme of Carnival for Fort Lauderdale Pride, parade punters are encouraged to dress in festive Caribbean and Latin American attire.
As per usual, you can also expect the popular Fort Lauderdale Beach Festival to be returning for another year. For 2019, the Beach Festival will be closing Fort Lauderdale Pride on Sunday, February 24. Taking place from 12pm-8pm at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, you can look forward to loads of entertainment transpiring across two stages. Highlights include a guest appearance from former American Idol contestant, Ada Vox, along with a stunning fireworks display on the beach to conclude the festivities.
Along with the Pride Parade and the Beach Festival, Fort Lauderdale will come alive with plenty of additional entertainment during Pride. Friday February 22 will host Pride on the Drive from 6pm, where the main 'drag' of Wilton Manors will be decked out with a rainbow carpet, with the district's bars offering drinks discounts and more. The following day, you can look forward to Drag Brunch, which will take place at the Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale. Sold yet? We sure are. We hope you will be attending Fort Lauderdale Pride 2019.
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