Fort Lauderdale is known for an incredible Pride Festival, but there are several events throughout the year that contribute to celebrating the rainbow flag and what it represents. One of these is the Stonewall Festival and Parade in June. Thousands of people flock to Wilton Drive for a fantastic parade and adjoining festivities for this premier annual event. The Stonewall festival marketplace will come alive with vendors and food trucks, providing you with unlimited fun for the afternoon!
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! Then, book your Wilton Manors home during the Stonewall Festival and Parade so you can be in the heart of the festivities.
The Political History of Fort Lauderdale Pride
Fort Lauderdale Pride has been a staple 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. Now known as Fort Lauderdale Pride, this event happens each year as a continued tradition. But there are several other events all year long that also celebrate the diversity of our beautiful city!
Stonewall Pride 2017 in Wilton Manors
You’ll love celebrating at the Stonewall Festival and Parade during your stay in Fort Lauderdale! This year’s event takes place on Saturday, June 17. Along with the main parade, there are a variety of bars and stages featuring local performers and DJs. You won’t be bored at this giant block party; that is for sure! Enjoy 100 vendors and exhibitors, food vendors and trucks, and more in the huge festival marketplace. Show some Stonewall Pride as you experience the fun. Along with food, drinks, and music, you will also find informative booths and workshops you might be interested in attending. You are sure to learn a little and have a blast at the Stonewall Festival and Parade!
Stay in One of Our Wilton Manors Vacation Homes!
Our Wilton Manors vacation homes are the perfect retreats during the Stonewall Festival and Parade. You’ll be right in the vicinity of all the festivities! The Floridian House is a great option for a small group of people with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Full of Florida charm, this gorgeous home has an open living area full of natural light and a wonderful backyard with a heated pool and tropical landscaping. For a slightly larger group, you might appreciate three-bedroom, two-bath Casa Del Sol, a newer addition to Fort Lauderdale Stays. The newly updated kitchen is a cook’s dream and is fully stocked with everything you will need. Meanwhile, a spa-like en suite bath to the king master is the perfect place to relax after a day of fun!