First Pride Fort Lauderdale of the Trump era: 'Many of us are scared'

Stonewall Parade & Festival drew thousands of gay people and friends Saturday, June 18, 2016, in Wilton Manors. Photo by Michael Laughlin, Sun Sentinel.

(SS) Up to 25,000 people were expected Sunday at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park for the 40th annual Pride Fort Lauderdale celebration, according to organizers.

The festival was scheduled to kick off at noon with remarks from local officials and DJ Wendy Hunt.

The weather was expected to be ideal. The forecast was calling for mostly sunny skies, with a high near 80 degrees, breezy, and a 20 percent chance of rain.

Among the performers scheduled to appear were Latrice Royale, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” diva; Jazz Jennings, local teen transgender activist and star of TLC’s “I Am Jazz;” and Erika Jayne, star of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

Pride Fort Lauderdale president Miik Martorell said in a statement the festival celebrates the progress made by the LGBTQ community over the years while also providing an opportunity to express concern over the policies that may come from the Trump administration.

“To say our community is concerned is an understatement,” Martorell said. “Many of us are scared.”

The entrance to the festival includes a history exhibit prepared by the Stonewall National Museum and Archives, highlighting the accomplishments of local and national LGBTQ activists.

Nearly 100 vendors, food carts and booths were also expected to be on hand, organizers said.

A shuttle service was running from Hagen Park in Wilton Manors and the Galleria Mall on the half hour.

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