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Pride Fort Lauderdale, formerly known as Pride South Florida, is the oldest Pride celebration in the state of Florida. Born in 1977 out of protest in response to Anita Bryant’s "Save Our Children" campaign that portrayed gays as child molesters and successfully moved to repeal of the anti-
discrimination ordinance in Miami.

Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1993, Pride Fort Lauderdale today continues to bring together the skills, talents, and visions of our diverse community to create the annual Pride Parade and Festival.

Pride Fort Lauderdale raises funds primarily through festival tickets and beverage sales, and through sponsorships, and exhibitor fees. These funds support Pride Fort Lauderdale's advancement of its mission to foster pride, equality, and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities locally, nationally, and globally.

In 2017, Pride Fort Lauderdale moved to Fort Lauderdale Beach for its 40th anniversary, attracting 40,000 people. 2019, Pride Fort Lauderdale presented the first parade in city history on scenic State Route A1A (renamed Gay1A) along the beach, with nearly 35,000 spectators.  


In 2023, the inaugural Pride of the Americas produced by Pride Fort Lauderdale and presented by Visit Lauderdale. Moving the event to the heart of Fort Lauderdale Beach at Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park, 80 Las Olas Circle just off Las Olas Blvd. 


The Pride of the Americas Parade stepped off at NOON and flowed directly into the new Pride festival site. The festival gates opened at 1 pm and the celebration commenced with a full concert by international recording artist Boy George, and the celebration conclude at 9 p.m

Pride is an opportunity to take a stand against oppression and celebrate the strength and resolve of the LGBT community. In Pride, both celebration and protest are alive and evident, in South Florida. Pride Fort Lauderdale remains as a large Pride Festival in the state of Florida with thousands of attendees annually.


Producing an Annual Pride Festival, that our Fort Lauderdale community would be proud of. Year around visibility producing supporting profitable, memorable events by mobilizing volunteers, collaborating with corporate sponsors, community partners and private donors,
and utilizing available resources while enriching the lives of our multi-cultural community through promoting of diversity and inclusion for all.

To be the most sought-after fundraising partner of non-profit organizations.


Greater Fort Lauderdale Pride, Inc. To serve, educate, unite, empower and advocate for the well-being of our diverse LGBTQ+ community of South Florida.


Pride Fort Lauderdale, prides itself in creating high profile events that are welcome to all. Where those in attendance get to experience the fun of participating along with the joy of giving back to our community. Promoting Fort Lauderdale as a must visit destination for leisure and business travel.


Pride Fort Lauderdale is committed to…

  • Providing profitable resources

  • Creative out of box fundraising ideas

  • Promoting inclusion

  • Diversity always

  • To make Fort Lauderdale the world’s premier destination for leisure and business travel

  • Supporting and strengthening our multi-cultural community, providing welcoming spaces, addressing basic needs, providing relief and comfort of anyone in need.


Working with outside agencies, subject matter experts, and diverse leaders within our community to ensure we are representing all members of our community fairly, equally, and respectfully.

PRIDE Values

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