In 2017, Pride Fort Lauderdale made a historic move to Fort Lauderdale beach. The reimaged event was a huge success. Organizers promise the event is not done evolving yet. They’ve still got surprises in store for the future including some partnerships in the works that they believe will take the festival to the next level.
President of Pride Miik Martorell has spent his free time traveling from Pride to Pride; volunteering his time for different festivals and working on figuring out which formulas would work best for Pride Fort Lauderdale.
“I’ve been traveling on my own, you know frequent flyer miles, money out of my own pocket--Puerto Rico this coming weekend will be my 43rd Pride in the last two and half years.”
He admitted he needs help from all different types of agencies, nonprofit organizations, city government, PR agencies and that Pride is a huge undertaking; he needs support from as many partnerships as possible in order to make Pride Fort Lauderdale a success.
“We are going to have to help as many people as possible and get a lot of people involved, we don’t want to be rude to anyone, or disrespect anyone, or for anyone to feel left out, and we want this to become a signature event for our city--this is not a one-man show,” explained Martorell.
J.W. Arnold, a spokesperson for the organization, added, “Part of our strategy is to build it out something that becomes a destination—It’s probably one of the few cities that are like this. We see the ‘Gayborhoods’ disappearing, no matter what time of the year when visitors come, they know they will have a great time. So that puts a lot of pressure on us, on the community as a whole. For next year’s festival, we are in talks with the Hard Rock to open with an A-list performer to kick off the event, and we’re in talks with the South Beach Food and Wine festival to include an event for CRAVE Fort Lauderdale which happens to coincide with that same weekend. Again, that’s a case where synergy works, and we can promote each other’s events. We’re all really excited.”
Pride Fort Lauderdale doesn’t want to give away too many secrets but they promised there would be many big surprises.
On top of those additions to next year Pride Fort Lauderdale also recently announced they were chosen to host and organize the first ever Pride of the Americas, an international LGBT event that is expected to draw people from several continents.
The ten-day event will feature a beach festival with entertainment, parade, fireworks, a visual and performing arts festival, human rights conference, transgender health and lifestyle programs, business expo, dance parties for multiple communities within the LGBT community, and “Night on the Drive” hospitality events on Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors.