Celebrate Pride at a Half Dozen Free Events

The centerpieces of any Pride celebration are the traditional parade and festival. This year, Pride Fort Lauderdale will be hosting Fort Lauderdale’s first Pride parade—the first parade of any kind in city history on SR A1A along Fort Lauderdale Beach as a lead in to the third annual festival at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.

Pride Fort Lauderdale has also partnered with the local community and performing arts organizations, theaters, bars, nightclubs and hotels to offer an extended weekend of festivities that celebrate many segments of our diverse LGBT+ community.

Here are a few of the community and partner events coming up on Fort Lauderdale Beach during Pride Fort Lauderdale weekend.

Friday, February 22

Pride Pool Party, Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach
Looking for some fun on Friday afternoon before Pride on the Drive? The Courtyard by Marriott on Fort Lauderdale Beach is hosting an afternoon party on the upper pool deck starting at 11:00 am overlooking the beach.

Saturday, February 23

The party gets started early on Fort Lauderdale Beach before the parade with a half dozen options to beat the traffic and “get your Pride on”

DRAG BRUNCH at The Ritz Carlton
It’s a knock down, drag out brunch making its debut as a first-time event at SOBEWFF®, in collaboration with the team that brings you PRIDE Fort Lauderdale. Join hosts and New York Personalities Elvis Duran of Z100 Radio and his fiancé, Alex Carr at The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale  as some of the most creative chefs in town prepare dishes inspired by the charismatic personalities of some of South Florida’s most popular drag performers. Guests will sip on free-flowing libations while enjoying select performances from some of the talent influencing the event’s cuisine. Help kick-off Pride Fort Lauderdale weekend and join the Festival for the ultimate pairing of food, drink and PRIDE! $125. Purchase Tickets and View Details

B3: BEACH BEAR BASH
The Pride Fort Lauderdale celebration on the beach gets started on Saturday at 12 noon at Sebastian Beach [ Sebastian Street & A1A] with B3: Bear Beach Bash. Party the afternoon away with music by DJ Herbie James and entertainment by “My Big Funny Peter,” the world’s first gay muscle bear comedian, Peter Bisuito. 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!

DRAG BRUNCH & PRIDE PARADE VIEWING PARTY
Beat the traffic and start your Pride parade celebration early at this off-the-hook brunch from Noon – 7:00pm at Rock Bar & Tsukuro. Top entertainment by Tp Lords, Elishaly D’witshes, Champagne Bordeaux and Sasha Lords along with music by DJ Sushiman. FREE! Rock Bar and Tsukuro are located at 219 -225 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, just 1/2 block north of the Parade Judging area at Las Olas Boulevard.

SHE TEA, Official Pride Women’s Party
Pandora Events Presents the SHE TEA sponsored by Beefeater Pink on  Saturday, February 23 starting at 3:00pm at Spazio [239 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard]. Enjoy Music by DJ Zehno at a prime oceanfront venue to watch the Pride Parade. VIP oceanfront parade tables available and second second drink is free for all attendees. Register in advance and the first 300 people get a complimentary Beefeater Pink signature cocktail sample and free raffle ticket for a Pride Pink Basket, including a $50 Spazio Gift Card. FREE. Register Online

LATIN T-DANCE presented by Noche Latina Saturdays
Noche Latina Saturday’s in association with PRIDE Fort Lauderdale  presents the ABSOLUT Vodka Latin T-Dance on Saturday, February 23 from 3pm – 7pm at Cafe Ibiza  [ 213 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard ].
Join us for the ultimate Pride Parade Pre-Party & Watch Party featuring music by DJ LARRY LARR and performances by YEISHA JOVOVICH, KALAH MENDOZA and ZAIRA HOUSTON. FREE.  View VIP TABLE Information

CARNAVAL PRIDE PARADE
The sights and sounds of Carnaval will be found along Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. this afternoon as Pride Fort Lauderdale throws the VERY FIRST parade ever held on SR A1A along the beach. The twilight parade steps off at 5:30 p.m. and the parade stage and main viewing area can be found at Las Olas Blvd. You won’t want to miss the display of costumes, choreography and creativity. FREE!

Sunday, February 24

RETOX BRUNCH
Sundays are getting a serious makeover with your new monthly retox ritual that pops with color and drips with flavor at W Fort Lauderdale . Get your Sunday Funday dose kicking off February 24 from 11AM-2PM on the Living Room Terrace and enjoy decadent Stephen Starr Bites and the cool sounds of DJ Latrice Perry and entertainment by The Dragettes.  21+ / Dress Sunday Fabulous / Limited Capacity /  Complimentary valet parking. $55.00 per person, View Details

PRIDE FORT LAUDERDALE FESTIVAL
The Pride Fort Lauderdale Beach Festival once again returns to Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, Sunday, Feb. 24, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. The festival includes world-renowned entertainers on TWO stages, more than 100 local and national exhibitors, food court, and of course, the world-class beaches of Fort Lauderdale. This year’s entertainment line-up includes American Idol fan favorite Ada Vox and the incredible Todrick Hall, YouTube personality, American Idol veteran and popular guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race. The celebration concludes at 7:45 p.m. with a stunning fireworks display on the beach. FREE! $5.00 pp suggested donation at the door.
View Complete Details at www.pridefortlauderdale.org