Largest LGBT+ Event to Take Place in Greater Fort Lauderdale
GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (May 2022) – Greater Fort Lauderdale is set to welcome the first Pride of the Americas Festival presented by Visit Lauderdale February 10-12, 2023. After several years of cancellations, the highly anticipated, multi-faceted festival will bring concerts, a Pride of the Americas Festival Parade, hundreds of vendors and a two-day beach party.
“This will be the largest LGBT+ event to take place in Greater Fort Lauderdale, and it comes at a crucial time in our community’s history – a time when inclusion and advocacy are paramount,” said Richard Gray, Visit Lauderdale’s Senior Vice President of Inclusion and Accessibility. “When we first began planning the event, we were particularly engaged in advocating for the LGBT+ rights of people in Latin America and the Caribbean as we saw a discrepancy in treatment of individuals. But daily, we are reminded that inclusion, acceptance, and safety are international priorities, and now is the time to invite participation from a global audience.”
The festival, organized and programmed by Pride Fort Lauderdale and presented by destination organization Visit Lauderdale, was originally planned for April 2020 but was cancelled and rescheduled due to the pandemic.
The festival will kick off with a February 10 concert featuring a major artist (to be announced Summer 2022) on the mainstage at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. The two-day Pride of the Americas Festival will take place along Fort Lauderdale’s beach February 11-12 with several stages of entertainment and over 125 vendors.
Updates on entertainment and event programming will be available at Pride Fort Lauderdale’s event page. Find full destination information at VisitLauderdale.com including things to do, dining, nightlife and information on LGBT+ friendly hotels.
About Greater Fort Lauderdale as a Top LGBT+ Destination
Welcoming 1.5 million LGBT+ visitors annually spending $1.5 billion, Greater Fort Lauderdale is well-suited to host welcoming getaways and many Pride events. As home to hundreds of gay-owned and operated businesses and the highest concentration of same-sex couple households in the country, the destination is one of the most diverse and welcoming in the world. It has 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 few permanent spaces in the U.S. devoted to exhibitions on LGBT+ history and culture. The LGBT+ Visitor Center is co-located with the Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce in the heart of Wilton Manors, the “second gayest city” in the U.S. In May 2022, the Anti-Defamation League of Florida presented Visit Lauderdale with the Corporate Change Maker Award for the “We Are” campaign, which champions diversity and acceptance. Visit Lauderdale celebrates and supports the area’s diverse population and embraces inclusion and acceptance across the area’s 31 cities.
About Greater Fort Lauderdale
Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts an average year-round temperature of 77˚F and has 3,000+ hours of annual sunshine and is known as the Venice of America and Yachting Capital of the World. Explore 4,000+ eateries, 300+ miles of navigable waterways, eight distinct beaches, a thriving arts and culture scene, craft breweries, rooftop bars, diving, fishing and other outdoor adventures, world-class shopping and boats, yachts and superyachts moored at the area’s many marinas – all conveniently located in the center of South Florida. Made of up 31 municipalities, the destination boasts more than 38,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury resorts and boutique properties, reflecting a cosmopolitan vibe. Upon arrival at FLL Airport (Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport), it is just five minutes to the beach, Port Everglades, the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center and downtown. Find trip planning inspiration at visitlauderdale.com and follow @VisitLauderdale on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
About Visit Lauderdale
Visit Lauderdale is the official destination marketing organization for Greater Fort Lauderdale and serves as the tourism department for Broward County, Florida. Visit Lauderdale promotes the area’s 31 municipalities to a global audience of leisure and business travelers as the ideal place for Everyone Under the Sun in recognition of the area’s diverse and welcoming vibe, and books conventions into the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center and area hotels and resorts. Find more information at visitlauderdale.com and follow @VisitLauderdale on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Ivonne MacMillan, Visit Lauderdale