The much-anticipated Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots returns to the city of Wilton Manors on June 18. The street festival will begin at 3:00 p.m. with a twilight parade following at 7:00 p.m All residents, visitors, companies, and NGOs are invited to participate in this event in support of the LGBTQ+ community both locally and globally.
“Our Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival celebrates the importance of acceptance and pride that makes up the fabric of our community,” said Mayor Scott Newton. “We are excited to bring this event back once again to our city and invite everyone from near and far to come out and celebrate pride with us.”
At the street fair, visitors may interact with local vendors, watch a performance on one of six stages, dine at local cafes, and celebrate Wilton Manors' international acclaim for inclusivity and pride. Entrance is $7 per person (kids under the age of 12 are free), which helps defray the costs of public safety and security required to stage such a large event.
“An event of this caliber runs about half a million dollars, and we wouldn’t be able to do it without the support of our community and sponsors,” said Wilton Manors Entertainment Group (WMEG) CEO Jeffrey Sterling. “We look forward to celebrating another year of our Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival and how far we’ve come to providing an inclusive space for everyone to enjoy.”
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History On May 31st, "I Am What I Am" from Fort Lauderdale will start off Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors.
At Galleria Fort Lauderdale, six drag pioneers - South Florida's own Nikki Adams, Tiffany Arieagus, Cathy Craig, Daisy Deadpetals, Electra, and Latrice Royale – will be honored. These cherished performers are being honored for their longevity, entrepreneurship, local television appearances, and international popularity. The display will feature old and new photographs, videos, costumes, and artifacts from their successful lives. The show will include a significant "Wall of Fame" highlighting other South Florida drag performers.
With the cost of admission, attendees will receive one complimentary beer as well as tasty nibbles from LIPS Fort Lauderdale and Tulio's Tacos and Tequila Bar. Stoli Vodka and Hunters Nightclubs contributed to the libations. Joanna James, Velvet Lenore, and Erika Norell gave special tribute performances. Joe Posa as Joan Rivers and Shawn Palacious as DJ Aulden Brown are special guest hosts.
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Stonewall Pride Skate Nights are a family-friendly event that raises money for the Wilton Manors Stonewall Parade and Festival. Bring your friends and family to our Arena Roller Rink for some classic roller skating fun while also supporting our local LGBTQ community.
The Wilton Manors Entertainment Group (WMEG), the organizers of the Stonewall Parade & Festival, will receive $5 from each ticket sold. In June, the Festival takes place on the streets of Wilton Manors in Greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This star-studded event gathers over 25,000 families and friends and highlights local community heroes, dignitaries, and organizations.
Once a month, Pride Skate Nights are held at the Arena Roller Rink on Wednesday evenings from 7-10pm. Each month features a different theme, as well as a live DJ, special guests, drag queen acts, and more.
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The Hotspots! Art Gallery with Dennis Dean is an innovative art gallery that features a revolving display of artwork and talent every month, with Curator and Art Director Dennis Dean (one of South Florida's most well-known photographers and Hotspots! Magazine's resident cover page photographer) curating the monthly artwork and artist showcases.
Opening Reception: The First Saturday of Every Month (6 pm to 9 pm)
Artists’ Showcase: The Third Saturday of Every Month (9 pm to 11 pm)
Call, Text, or E-Mail Dennis Dean
(754) 200-1577 | [email protected]
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Join @theofficialjjournie at 6th Ave. Park on Wilton Drive for Pride Month Music.
There are 7+ stages, each one offering an array of entertainment from incredible Deejays and talented vocalist to drag performances and captivating dancers. 3 stages in particular will represent our Latino Stage, Lesbian Stage and Black Excellence Stage.
On June 18 at 5:45 p.m. at the stage on 6th Ave. and Wilton Drive, there will be a Flash Mob dance in commemoration of the American holiday that commemorates the emancipation of slaves in Texas and celebrates black culture, Juneteenth. The Stonewall Pride Juneteenth Flash Mob music includes songs produced, sung, and/or performed by POC artists. Visit StonewallPride.LGBT to get the practice video and learn the moves to join in on the dance during Pride.
This year the Parade will be a Twilight Parade held in the evening at 7 p.m. The stage on 6th Ave and Wilton Drive will be calling the Parade while the participants make their way down the parade route.
For more information about the other Pride Month events and to buy tickets, click here.
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