On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission approved Pride Fort Lauderdale’s proposal to hold a Pride parade on A1A on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m.
The parade is part of an expanded schedule of events during the organization’s 2019 festival, Feb. 21 - 24, and will be the first in history to held on State Route A1A, according to city officials.
“Fort Lauderdale once again rises to the top in recognition of diversity and the important role it plays in enriching the lives of those who live and visit here,” said Mayor Dean Trantalis. “Our city is pleased to host the first ever Pride Parade on Fort Lauderdale beach and we welcome the entire community in helping to make this event a true success.”
The theme for the festival will be “Carnaval” and the parade will be presented in the lively style of Carnaval season celebrations from the Caribbean and Latin America. The parade is planned for 5:30 p.m., allowing floats and vehicles to incorporate lights during the cooler twilight hours of the day. All entries will be encouraged to incorporate the Carnaval theme. Pride Fort Lauderdale will be hosting free workshops to assist entrants with float decorating, costumes and choreography.
Organizers are also working with businesses and hotels along the route to begin the festivities around 2 p.m. before the official parade step-off. Additional events and performances are planned to follow the parade in Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.
“We’re grateful to Mayor Dean Trantalis, our city commissioners and administrators, and most importantly, the local businesses and neighborhood association for their support of Pride Fort Lauderdale,” said Pride Fort Lauderdale president Miik Martorell. “It’s going to be a magical evening, as the sun sets on our beautiful beach and lights begin to shine along A1A. I’ve been to 50 Pride festivals around the world and we have one of the most stunning locations for a parade.”
The parade is part of an expanded schedule of events planned for 2019, including: “Pride on the Drive” on Friday, Feb. 22, when the party moves to Wilton Manors. Participating bars, nightclubs, restaurants and businesses will celebrate Pride with special entertainers, promotions and events.
A Pride Drag Brunch is being produced in partnership with the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Pride Fort Lauderdale will host a drag brunch on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach. National radio personality Elvis Duran, and his fiancé Alex Carr, will host this new event, featuring unique dishes created by celebrity chefs and inspired by top local drag performers, who will also be performing. Tickets are available for $125 at SoBeWFF.com/drag.
Pride Festival on the Beach - The free beach festival returns to Fort Lauderdale Beach Park on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 12 - 8 p.m. The festival will feature an expanded entertainment line-up and special activities for LGBT families and youth, seniors, women and people in recovery. More Pride Fort Lauderdale events will be announced in coming weeks.