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THURSDAY, FEB. 21
Runway Fashion Show, Hard Rock Event Center – 7 p.m. Trunk Show, 8 p.m. Fashion Show
The latest designs from Project Runway alumni will be featured in this fabulous runway fashion show that officially kicks off Pride weekend at the Hard Rock Event Center at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. Watch for a special announcement about our guest MC and other entertainers. Tickets on sale soon.
FRIDAY, FEB. 22
Pride on the Drive – 6 p.m.
On Friday night, the party moves to Wilton Manors where dozens of bars, restaurants and shops will be rolling out the rainbow carpet for a casual celebration in the “gayborhood.” Enjoy drink specials, discounts and live entertainment at participating businesses, all night, up and down Wilton Drive.
Stonewall National Museum & Archives Gala – 7 p.m.
Our friends at the Stonewall National Museum & Archives observe the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots at their annual gala at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale Beach. Actress and activist Kathy Najimy (“Sister Act”) will be the guest speaker for the gala, which also includes a silent auction, dinner and entertainment. Click here to reserve your tickets today.
SATURDAY, FEB 23
Drag Brunch – 11:30 a.m.
Pride Fort Lauderdale is teaming up with the South Beach Wine & Food Festival for a fabulous drag brunch at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale Beach. National radio personality Elvis Duran will be your host, along with his fiancé Alex Carr and MC Shawn Palacious (aka Kitty Meow). Enjoy delectable dishes created by local celebrity chefs and performances by the region’s top drag queens. Tickets are $125 each. Click here to reserve your tickets today.
B3: Bear Beach Bash – 12 p.m.
Party the afternoon away with music and entertainment by “My Big Funny Peter,” the world’s first gay muscle bear comedian, Peter Bisuito, as your host. Hot muscle bear go-go dancers and more on the Sebastian Beach stage! Get there early and you’ll be in a prime location to watch the very first Pride Fort Lauderdale “Carnaval” parade, too! Best of all, it’s FREE!
Carnaval Drag & Dine Parties – 12 p.m.
The festival gets started early at the many hotels and restaurants along SR A1A (and you can beat the traffic for the parade). Participating businesses will be offering entertainment, drink and food specials all afternoon. Check back for a complete list.
Carnaval Parade – 5:30 p.m.
We’re having a parade! Pride Fort Lauderdale is hosting its first Pride parade this afternoon along scenic SR A1A, the FIRST parade ever held on Fort Lauderdale Beach. We’re expecting more than 80,000 spectators along the route, which runs from Sebastian Beach to Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.
Pride Block Party – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
After the parade, head to 5th St. and SR A1A for a rockin’ block party. Dance the night away while enjoying live performances by your favorite local drag queens, musical acts and internationally-acclaimed DJs.
SUNDAY, FEB. 24
Beach Festival – 12 p.m.
Celebrate Pride on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Visit exhibitors and food vendors, enjoy music and performances on TWO stages and stick around for the stunning fireworks show at 7:45 p.m. American Idol’s Ada Vox and singer, choreographer and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” judge Todrick Hall perform live on stage, along with top DJs. More than 50,000 people are expected for the festival. FREE admission, $5 donation requested at the gate.