There’s no denying it, we’re out and proud in South Florida. In fact, in Fort Lauderdale, we’re so out and proud that we celebrate not one, but two Pride festivals each year.
PrideFest is generally celebrated in the spring at Oakland Park’s Jaco Pastorius Park of late, while this weekend marks the return of the popular Stonewall Street Festival and Parade in that hub of homo life, Wilton Manors. While PrideFest benefits from the cooler temperatures and all those tourists and snowbirds, “traditionalists” staunchly defend the June event as the real tribute to the Stonewall Inn riots of 1969 that marked the beginning of the gay rights era.
This year, the parade has again been pushed back to the evening hours, so we won’t be scraping up any melting drag queens or roasted leather daddies along the route. There will be plenty of entertainment, food and vendors, as well.
In addition to the festival, the many gay bars and clubs in Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale have special parties planned for pride. Here’s a look at some of the highlights:
Wednesday, June 15
SideLines Sports Bar kicks off the festivities tonight with a special party beginning at 9 p.m. Cool off with a cold beer or cocktail and don’t forget to visit the bar’s stage and dunk tank on Sunday at NE 12th Ct. SideLines is located at 2031 Wilton Drive.
Thursday, June 16
The South Florida LGBT community is incredibly diverse and there’s a hangout for just about everyone. The cowboys and cowgirls hang out at Scandals Saloon, 3073 NE 6th Ave. in Wilton Manors. Get out those boots and jeans and show your country-western pride tonight.
Friday, June 17
The Boardwalk’s Victor Zepka always brings in big names for the big weekends and for Pride he’s lined up Raging Stallion Studios porn stars Adam Killian and Angelo Marconi. They’ll be appearing for two shows at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. tonight and Saturday. Boardwalk is located at 1721 N. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, just on the outskirts of Wilton Manors.
Saturday, June 18
Johnny’s is one of the regions most popular go-go bars and South Florida has been abuzz about the new location opening in Miami. Visit the Fort Lauderdale bar tonight and the first 200 guests will receive a special pre-Grand Opening invite for Tuesday, June 21 at the new club. Stop by Johnny’s Fort Lauderdale at 1116 W. Broward Blvd.
Sunday, June 19
Looking for a break from the heat? Head indoors for The Manor’s Pride dance beginning at 9 p.m. Located at 2345 Wilton Drive, the club is pulling out all the stops this weekend with DJ Ralphi Rosario of Rosabel fame. The party continues until 4 a.m. and there’s no cover.
Monday, June 20
Conclude the Pride weekend tonight at Ramrod, South Florida’s leather/Levi/uniform bar, 1508 NE 4th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. On Mondays, the bar hosts its bear beer bust for $8.
Tuesday, June 21
After a big weekend, chill out in the swanky Mustang Lounge at Bill’s Filling Station, 2209 Wilton Drive, Pianist Jeff Hess will be playing from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and then later things get a little crazy with karaoke hosted by Andy Fiacco and Ric Ducosin, Two Guys on a Mic.