On Aug. 13  PrideFête, an LGBTQ+ Caribbean Festival, is taking place in Wilton Manors and all are welcome to join. 

“Wilton Manors has a special place in the LGBTQ+ culture, where it is affectionately known as ‘the gayborhood,’" Jasmen Rogers, the planning committee member, told the Sun Sentinel. “We wanted the LGBTQ+ communities to access [the festival] very easily, almost like a coming home.” 

The event is hosted by Hotspots in partnership with Pride Fort Lauderdale, and the City of Wilton Manors. 

The festival will take place Aug. 13 from 6-11 p.m. at Wilton Manors’ Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve. PrideFête will have food booths, singers, drag performers and more. It’s $5 pre-event and $7 at the gate. VIP tickets that offer an air-conditioned indoor area, private VIP bar, five drink tickets and Caribbean hors d’oeuvres are available for $50 pre-event and $75 at the gate. 

Rogers told the Sentinel that the organizers wanted to highlight the importance of Caribbean Pride.

“Black and brown Caribbean people need a safe space where they can all be their authentic selves,” Rogers said. “We know there is a lot of homophobia in our communities, no more than other communities, but also in several places it is illegal to be gay or dangerous to be gay. We need a Wilton Manors celebration that celebrates every part of who we are.” 

Visit PrideFete.lgbt; hotspotsmagazine.com/pridefete or Facebook.com/CaribbeanPrideFete for more information.