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! Fort Lauderdale Pride was first launched in 1978, and today, more than 120,000 pride enthusiasts descend upon this beach city each year for the celebrations. This is the oldest Pride in Florida, and it consistently promises a whole load of fun. From beach festivals to organized parties in Fort Lauderdale's gayborhood, Wilton Manors, you're guaranteed to remember this pride.
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 entertainment. This year's installment will be particularly special as it will be the first time a Pride Parade will take place along the iconic beachfront. 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, 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 taking place 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. Pride on the Drive will take place on February 22 from 6pm, where the main 'drag' of Wilton Manors will be decked out with a rainbow carpet, with the district's bars offering drink 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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