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The start of February is also the start of Black History Month. As part of marking the occasion, The Cookout will be held at Mickel Park in Wilton Manors on Feb. 4 from 1-6 p.m. 

Music, food, and games combine to celebrate Black culture and bring people together. Sponsored by Hotspots! Happening Out, they said The Cookout is “a Black History Month Celebration [that] provides a safe space for all who are interested in coming together to enjoy free food, music and games.”

The event is free, but proceeds from drink donations will be welcomed and benefit Black LGBTQ+ Liberation Inc. (BLINC).

Games Prizes & Awards

No cookout would be complete without some fun and games with a healthy side of competition. There will be a Spades tournament and a Dominos tournament, both with cash prizes. 

There is also an effort to recognize people and businesses that highlight Black excellence. The city of Wilton Manors accepted nominations from the community of a person and/or business that reach that goal. Recipients will be honored with a city proclamation that will be read publicly at The Cookout.

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