If you thought all of this year’s Pride events were canceled because of COVID-19, think again.
On Sunday, June 21, Pride Flotilla will take place in Fort Lauderdale. It’s planned to start along the Intracoastal and New River waterway beginning at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park at 1 p.m.
It’s scheduled to wrap up at the basin in front of the Broward Center of Performing Arts. Many boats plan to be decorated in celebration of Pride.
COVID-19 forced the cancellation of many Pride events, including Pride of the Americas. But once South Florida’s boat ramps and marinas reopened to recreational boaters, Patrick Parker and Scott Schramm conceived a plan for the flotilla. The group will depart Sunrise Bay adjacent to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park at 1 p.m. and make its way south along the Intracoastal Waterway, before proceeding west up the New River.
“This has the opportunity to grow over the years into a very fun, large party,” said Schramm in a press release.
The flotilla is much more than a show of boats. “It represents that we as an LGBT community are still united in furthering equal, and just rights,” Jeremy Pettus of Boys with Boats said. “They have graciously included Boys with Boats, along with our boat owning membership.”
With the number of public spaces, and parks along our planned route, people are able to responsibly witness, and show support along the way.