Jennifer Holliday to Headline Festivities
Pride of Greater Fort Lauderdale has announced that Jennifer Holliday will be headlining this year’s Stone- wall Street Festival and Parade on June 20. The Tony Award-winning singer and actress began her career on Broadway in the musical Dreamgirls and later became a successful recording artist. She is best known for her debut single, the Dreamgirls showstopper and Grammy-winning R&B/pop hit, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”
Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley—the creators of the NOH8 campaign, which opposes an initiative in California banning same-sex marriage—have been chosen to be the grand marshalls of the parade. The couple has garnered support for the campaign from numerous celebrities including Rose McGowan,Kim Kardashian and Pete Wentz. In addition to Holliday, Kevin Aviance, Electra, Don Philip, and Eryn Woods will perform at this year’s festivities.
Kevin Aviance is a female impressionist, musician, fashion designer, and popular personality in New York City’s gay scene. Aviance has appeared in several films, including Flawless, which starred Robert DeNiro, and the independent film Punks. Be- sides his feature-film work, he has made guest appearances on the Tyra Banks Show and America’s Next Top Model. His songs “Din Da Da,” “Rhythm Is My Bitch,” and “Alive” have all reached number one on the Billboard dance chart.
Electra moved to Florida from New York City in 1991 and began headlining his own one-man cabaret show, consisting of female impersonations, at the DiLido Hotel in South Beach. He then started Hollywood Legends at the Sands Hotel in Puerto Rico; it ran for nine months. In 2002, Electra opened Madame’s Restaurant and Cabaret to rave reviews. He’s now one of Florida’s most respected entertainers.
Don Philip is a musically-gifted vocalist with a dynamic range. Philip is one of the only artists to record and release a duet, “I Will Still Love You,” with superstar Britney Spears. A Miami native, Don Philip is an in- dependent artist. He’s currently working on a self-produced album and developing a roster of eclectic artists for his production company.
Eryn Woods is a pop/ rock/new-wave song- stress, whose vocals are said to be reminiscent of Cyndi Lauper. Woods has also drawn comparisons to music legends Janis Joplin, Carly Simon, and Pat Benatar. Her music whisks you away on a journey across musical genres by combining ’80s wave synthesizers with hard-rock guitars and contemporary industrial hip-hop drums to create a unique and unmistakable sound. Never before has Pride of Greater Fort
Lauderdale used the entirety of Wilton Drive for its annual Stonewall Street Festival and Parade, making this year the largest gay- pride festival in South Florida. Both the festival and parade take place together on Sunday, June 20. The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., with the festival officially starting around noon. At 7 p.m. the Drive will be transformed into a giant street party that will run through 9 p.m.
The annual Stonewall Parade presented by 42BELOW Vodka is the oldest gay pride parade in South Florida. The half-mile parade route runs from N.E. 20 Street, east to 5-Points on Wilton Drive, moving right through Wilton Manor’s famed arts and entertainment district, the heart of South Florida’s LGBT community.
For more information about this year’s festival, visit PGFL.net.