Gay Pride in Fort Lauderdale Is Not an Oxymoron
photo from 2004 Stonewall Street Festival
Once the gays stopped going to South Beach, it became necessary for tropical-shirted homos to schlepp all the way to Fort Lauderdale for an occasional gathering of fruitcakes. So why not celebrate Gay Pride there? Can you bear to miss New York's Pride parade with its gogo boys, faded dance stars, and showboating politicians, not to mention the moment of silence for AIDS (which my friend always talks through)? No, you can't—but you weren't going to go anyway. So head to Lauderdale, hon. It's warm and festive and very inviting. In fact, they want you there so badly they've even sent me a press release BEGGING you to come. (So much for pride.)
Click below for the release.
CELEBRATE GAY PRIDE IN GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE
First Ever Nighttime Pride Parade and Street Party in Wilton Manors Highlight 9th Annual Fort Lauderdale Stonewall Street Festival
Join locals and gay travelers at the 9th Annual Fort Lauderdale Stonewall Street Festival, a week-long Gay Pride celebration from June 16 to June 22 featuring lively events, grand performances and a vibrant new parade. Highlights of the Pride festival include the first annual night parade and street party in the popular 'gayborhood' of Wilton Manors, as well as the annual street festival and exhibition.
The new night parade and street party are an exciting addition to the already spectacular Pride celebration. The events on Saturday, June 21 start off with a special t-dance at Rosie's Bar & Grill at 3 pm followed by DJ Joe Bermudez mixing up tunes on Wilton Drive at 7 pm, as dusk approaches. The parade kicks off at 8 pm with colorful floats, and the participation of local businesses and GLBT organizations. Singing sensation Tammy Wright will perform hit songs while revelers dance the night away.
Greater Fort Lauderdale serves up a multitude of comfortable gay-owned establishments. Wilton Manors, located just north of downtown Fort Lauderdale and minutes from the beach, is a bustling hotspot for residents and visitors offering several dining, nightlife and shopping options including Georgie's Alibi, Galanga Thai Kitchen & Sushi Bar and New Moon. "We are thrilled that our Pride celebration continues to grow each year," said Richard Gray, proprietor of the Royal Palms Resort and gay liaison to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Greater Fort Lauderdale is more than a gay-friendly city; it has over 150 gay-owned, hospitality-related establishments including hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants, as well as three gay and lesbian publications. According to statistics, the American gay and lesbian community drives an impressive $65 billion travel industry. Last year, gay visitors contributed some $1.2 billion to Greater Fort Lauderdale's economy.
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