There won’t be a Pride Fort Lauderdale this year! Instead the organization is hosting Pride of the Americas, a five-day festival taking place April 21-26.
It will incorporate many of the Pride Fort Lauderdale events, while welcoming and representing countries from throughout the Americas from Canada to Chile.
There will still be a Pride parade on Saturday, April 25, but the beach-front festival will celebrate the rainbow array of communities to be found in the Western Hemisphere. In addition to the parade and festival, an array of events, many of which are free to attend, will take place during the five-day celebration.
The festival kicks off with a women-centric event, "Pussy Party: A Playful, Illuminating, and Empowering Celebration," on Tuesday, April 21 as Thinking Cap Theatre in association with Thou Art Woman hosts the event at Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale.
On Wednesday, April 22, Nova Southeastern University hosts an Earth Day volunteer experience from 8 a.m. to noon. That same night is the opening night gala and Mayor's welcome reception, at the Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale.
On Thursday, April 23 the day-time schedule moves to the Pride Center for two events. First up is “Spotlight on Seniors: Aging in the Americas” from 8 a.m. to noon.
There’s a luncheon at noon, followed by an “LGBT+ Health & Wellness Symposium” until 4 p.m. That evening two events are scheduled; "Suddenly Last Summer" by Island City Stage at the Wilton Theater Factory, and a fashion show, at Seminole Hard Rock Resort & Casino in Hollywood.
On Friday, April 24 a Pride of the Americas business conference, will take place from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., hosted by Citrix, Fort Lauderdale. A transgender issues summit will take place at 1 p.m., followed by a sunset intracoastal cruise, 6 - 8 p.m.
Entertainment options include "Unbreakable," from the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida at Sunshine Cathedral, and "Suddenly Last Summer," from Island City Stage. That night the action moves to The Drive as Wilton Manors bars, clubs, shops and restaurants welcome the visitors and locals.
Saturday, April 25 kicks off with the Rainbow 5K Run from 6 - 9 a.m., then everyone heads to the beach for the festival beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Las Olas Beach Park.
The Pride of the Americas Parade steps off at noon on A1A and Vistamar heading south to Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. That night “Diversity Honors” takes place at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood. Entertainment options include the Gay Men’s Chorus concert and Island City Stage productions (see above), as well as a night of comedy with Ian Harvie from "Transparent" at Thinking Cap Theatre.
Sunday, April 26 winds up the weekend with a “Faith and Pride” service at 11 a.m., at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.
The beach festival begins at noon and concludes with fireworks at 9 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. Island City Stage offers a matinee performance of “Suddenly Last Summer.”