Fort Lauderdale hosts a variety of events throughout the year, and an annual favorite is Fort Lauderdale Pride! One of the largest Pride festivals in the Southeast, Fort Lauderdale Pride is a celebration of the vibrant diversity of our oceanfront community! It joins together people from all walks of life in support of LGBTQ organizations and the incredible people within them. Discover more about the history of Fort Lauderdale Pride and what to expect this year when joining in the festivities!
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The Political History of Fort Lauderdale Pride
This dynamic and quickly growing event has been a staple in Fort Lauderdale since 1978. It was founded following a 1977 Dale County human-rights ordinance that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. What should have been a celebration was countered with a highly publicized campaign to repeal the ordinance by Anita Bryant, a vehement opposer. In the aftermath, legislation was passed to outlaw adoption by gays and lesbians in the state of Florida and more campaigns were led around the United States. Ultimately defeated by electoral appeal, the ordinance brought together gay groups and activists to fight its discrimination.
Therefore, National Gay Pride Day was established on June 28, 1977. At this time, several hundred people marched through Coconut Grove carrying signs, shouting slogans, and ending in a street party. The Pride parade and rally grew to 1,500 people the following year, starting an annual tradition that has since skyrocketed in size and scope.
What to Expect at Fort Lauderdale Pride This Year
On February 26, 2017, Fort Lauderdale Pride will make history. The 40th anniversary will feature a monumental move to Fort Lauderdale Beach. It will be the only Pride in America where you can stand in the ocean and see the entire festival as it unfolds! Now, tens of thousands attendees arrive each year for advocacy, tradition, and celebration. You can expect 200 vendors and exhibitions as well as a variety of parties in addition to the main event. Discover a family area, sporting area, and History of Pride educational area. There are also a Senior Chill Zone and Sober Zone at the festival to accommodate for a variety of attendees. Diverse and inclusive, Fort Lauderdale Pride seeks to provide an all-around wonderful experience for everyone!
Fort Lauderdale Stays Is a Staunch Supporter of the LGBTQ Community
The LGBTQ community is very near and dear here at Fort Lauderdale Stays. Discover more about us and our love for Fort Lauderdale and this beautiful community here! During Fort Lauderdale Pride, we hope that you choose to stay with us. Browse one of our private vacation homes on Fort Lauderdale Beach so you can stay close to the festivities. From 1-bedroom, 1-bath Harbor Haven 804 and Harbor Haven 805 to our 5-bedroom, 5-bath Havana House, we offer beautiful views, outdoor pools, and luxurious amenities you will love. We can’t wait to see you here during Fort Lauderdale Pride!