Pride Fort Lauderdale is excited to announce our two-day festival to be held November 20 – 21, 2021 on Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful beach. Pride Fort Lauderdale 2021’s theme will be “Glitter and Gratitude” as we are able, once again, to celebrate with our community after a long and difficult year.
“As we enter our 44th year as Floridas’ first LGBTQ Pride festival, we are reminded of how far we’ve come and how much we have to be grateful for. The LGBTQ community has seen significant changes in our community and in society and this year; theme, Glitter, and Gratitude honors those accomplishments. While we still have the work to do making sure our Trans and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) communities are included and represented, our past accomplishments prove that we can do anything when we work together with love and sincerity.” said Miik Martorell, president of Pride Fort Lauderdale. On Monday, November 15, Pride, in conjunction with the City of Fort Lauderdale, will host the opening ceremonies which includes the unveiling of our rainbow crosswalk along A1A = “GAY1-A”.
Pride 2021 will culminate on November 20 & 21 with an epic two-day beach festival to include a street parade down GAY 1A (A1A), three stages of entertainment, 150 vendors, headlining performances, and sunset concerts with top DJ’s that will have you dancing on the beach into the night. In the spirit of inclusion, this will be the first time Pride Fort Lauderdale 2021 will be featuring Trans Pride, Bear Pride, Afro Pride, and Caribbean Pride all together.
Trans Pride, founded in 2018, is a special celebration within Pride Fort Lauderdale’s festival that features local Trans-led organizations, businesses, and resources. A community committee meets regularly to plan the Trans Pride area and is open to Trans folks and allies that would like to volunteer their time and talents. Our 2021 festival focus is on highlighting local Trans programs and services that can assist our community in recovering from the pandemic. Our 2021 festival also falls on International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), held every year on November 20th to memorialize those who we have lost to anti-trans violence and bigotry.
This year, our community has already lost more than 40 Trans people to anti-Trans violence. To learn more about the lives and legacies of each victim, visit https://tdor.translivesmatter.info. We will utilize our platform to build awareness in the wider LGBTQ+ community about the meaning and importance of TDoR with an on-site memorial and many other activities over the Trans Pride weekend.
This year’s Pride Fort Lauderdale is proud to announce performances by Jennifer Holiday, Big Freedia, Lady Bunny, Frankie Grande, Kitty Meow, DJ Twisted Dee, also featuring talent from Rupaul’s Drag Race like Gottmik, Kameron Michaels, Ros’e, and Aquaria. Greater Fort Lauderdale is the LGBTQ+ capital of Florida and home to one of the largest Pride Centers in the country, the world’s first AIDS museum, the global headquarters of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), and the Stonewall Museum, one of the only permanent spaces in the U.S. devoted to exhibitions relating to LGBTQ+ history and culture. The LGBTQ+ Visitor Center is co-located with the Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce in the heart of Wilton Manors.
To learn more about Pride Fort Lauderdale, volunteer opportunities and for a schedule of events, go to www.PrideFortLauderdale.org. On social media, follow @pridefortlauderdale on Instagram and Facebook.