The sun beats down on a sea of floating flamingos as people flock to the beach for FlockFest.
The party is back Saturday, July 10 at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Boulevard and this year it’s bigger and more beach chic than ever.
“We’re moving to the ‘big beach’ which gives us more space for social distance. We’ve also added the ability to buy individual tents,” Ryan Young, FlockFest’s VP of Programming and Community Relations told SFGN.
This year tents go for $1,000 and 10 people can relax in each one. VIP packages also include an open bar and food, a float blown up and ready for you, and a FlockFest swag bag. Regular admission is $110. The event is 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., with the official after-party at Hunter’s Nightclub from 6 - 9 p.m.
Young joined FlockFest’s board in 2020 but started attending long before and loves seeing the floats.
“We’ll be on the flamingo floats, those are the signature floats. Some people bring other floats,” he said. “The unicorns are really popular. Someone brought a unicorn float and it was the biggest float I ever saw. It had an anchor.”
One of Young’s goals is to turn FlockFest from a day at the beach into a year-round event.
“I want Flock365. All year we can have fundraisers and different events.” One of those came about during lunch. “I went to lunch at Bar Rita when they first reopened after the pandemic. One of the owners said they were thinking of starting Pride Mondays again.”
Young suggested Pride Mondays be a charity event. FlockFest organized the details and Bar Rita gave back 10%.
That was just the beginning. Soon they added, “Wednesday Fla-Mingle” at Tatts and Tacos in Oakland Park.
“Many Flockers that live further north wanted an option that was closer to home,” he said.
They also do the Santa Sip and Strut on Wilton Drive around the holidays.
Young said doing the fundraisers is fun and rewarding.
“Growing up my mother always believed in giving back to charity and helping people,” he said. “I’m always looking for things like that to do.”
“We’re non-profit but we don’t deliver services. We give to charities and they deliver services,” he said. “Everything with Flockfest is to have fun and benefit charity.”
For more details of the event, ticket info and the availability of VIP packages, go to their website at FlockFestEvents.org.