The parade, the flags, the drag queens keeping it real. After a year away, Pride returns to Fort Lauderdale this weekend.
Pride week is coming back bigger than ever, even renaming and redecorating well-known streets.
The two-day festival, themed Glitter & Gratitude, goes down Nov. 20-21 at Fort Lauderdale Beach along iconic A1A, which is being renamed Gay1A for the weekend.
“We are super excited to bring Pride Fort Lauderdale back to the beach,” Executive Director Kevin Clevenger said. “We were so ready to have Pride of the Americas in April 2020 then COVID canceled all of those plans with less than 30 days out. The community has been great, they've been purchasing tickets and VIP passes for the past two months. Our lineup really saw a huge increase in sales too.”
Usually held in late winter or early spring, COVID pushed the event to late November, which Clevenger says created unique logistical obstacles.
“Our biggest challenge is building our city in the sand as Tortuga Music Festival is moving out. Our team has been working closely with them so we can start right away. It normally takes four days to build Pride and we only have 2.5 days this year.”
The main event is the parade at 11 a.m. Saturday down “Gay1A.” Richard Gray, Visit Lauderdale’s senior vice president of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, is Grand Marshal, an honor he says caught him off guard.
“I was extremely surprised. I never imagined that I would be a Grand Marshal. It is most certainly an honor that I will treasure for the rest of my life.”
Visit Lauderdale’s slogan is Everyone Under the Sun, and Gray believes Pride reflects that beautifully.
“What I love the most is that it is a super safe space where we can all be ourselves, where we can all laugh with our loved ones and friends and we can all have a great time. It is such an uplifting day and the feeling of love and unity move me to tears of joy.”
Joining Gray in Grand Marshal duties include Barbara Sharief, Tiffany Arieagus, Major William Schultz, and Lorenzo Robertson.
Three stages will host 150 acts, including performances from Kimberly Venom, Jasmine Lords, Trinity Beat, and more. The fun will go well into the night, with DJs spinning well past sundown.
Pride’s more inclusive than ever, and will have areas for Afro Pride, Trans Pride, Bear Pride, and a Lesbian Sunset Stage.
Hunter’s Nightclub is sponsoring the VIP Village, which is set to be three times its usual size. They’re also hosting a party at Hunters Nightclub in Wilton Manors on Saturday night. Another sanctioned party will be at Eagle. Their Fetish Ball is Saturday night.
Saturday is a Pride Pool Party Takeover at Bahia Mar from 1-5 p.m. with DJ Cindel.
Plan Early & Be Prepared
General admission to the festival is $5 per day, with VIP packages available.
While parking is available on the beach, spaces are limited and large crowds are expected. Shuttle busses will be running to Pride from Wilton Manors. Free parking is available at the Galleria Mall, and Water Taxis will be running to Pride from stops five, six, and seven. You’re encouraged to use the $10 round trip using this link: https://watertaxi.com/pride-2/ with promo code PRIDE21.
New security procedures for 2021:
- Only one bag that is clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and does not exceed 12" x 16". In addition to one of the clear bags noted above, you may also carry in a small clutch bag or purse approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap.
- To ensure the highest level of safety and security, all guests will be subject to a courteous screening upon entry by a third-party Security company which, on occasion, may include an enhanced screening. All bags will be subject to inspection upon entry. Persons that refuse to be screened and/or refuse to have their bags inspected will not be admitted.
- Illegal items will be turned over to law enforcement officers and may result in arrest and prosecution.
- No outside alcohol, firearms, weapons, multi-tools, knives or cutting instruments will be allowed.
Showing Our True Colors
Pride Week started Monday with the unveiling of Broward County’s first rainbow crosswalk. The Progress Pride flag includes trans and people of color, and is on the triangle between A1A and Sebastian on the beach.
Saturday is also Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR). The parade on Saturday will begin with a 100-foot-long x 40-foot-wide Trans flag that will have the photos of the 56+ Trans individuals that were murdered in the past year.
For more details, tickets, and latest information, visit PrideFortLauderdale.org.