Multi Grammy award-winning reggae artist Shaggy and the queen of bounce music Big Freedia will join an array of performers over the annual spring break holiday for the 2019 Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival.

Scheduled for Saturday, March 23 at Fort Lauderdale’s South Beach Park, this annual event kicks off with a 5K walk, culminating in a day-long music festival to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS services throughout South Florida. 

Presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the annual event attracts thousands of attendees from across the region. Those taking part must register, either in advance at or on site.

“Given South Florida’s ranking nationally as the epicenter for HIV, we are pleased to present this annual event that both raises awareness about the HIV epidemic and significant dollars to support 10 non-profit organizations that are entrenched in the community, working to address this devastating epidemic,” said Michael Kahane, AHF Southern Bureau Chief. “We thank all of the amazing performers, corporate partners, team captains, individuals raising funds and the thousands of attendees, for their support.”

Florida AIDS walk annually raises over $1 million in the fight against

HIV/AIDS. Now in its 14th year, it has become a highly anticipated event. After years of being held on Sunday mornings, for 2019 the 5K walk and concert has been expanded

to a full-day music festival experience that will kick-off as walkers return back to the


Joining the line-up with Shaggy and Big Freedia are a diverse array of performers including The Struts, Coastcity, and Deep Fried Funk Band. The event will be hosted by Bianca del Rio, winner from the hit TV series “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” with dance tunes spun by DJ’s Tracy Young and Alex Ferbeyre. In addition, food trucks and local vendors will be in attendance.