Pride of the Americas Festival Postponed;
Organizers Cite COVID-19 Uncertainty, Safety of Guests
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Pride Fort Lauderdale, organizers of the first Pride of the Americas festival planned for April 21 – 26 in Greater Fort Lauderdale, today announced the postponement of the event.
The decision came in response to uncertainty around the current COVID-19 pandemic and concern for the health and safety of both residents and the hundreds of thousands of guests expected from across North and South America and the Caribbean.
“This is obviously a disappointing blow to the entire Pride Fort Lauderdale team and our sponsors and partners,” said president Miik Martorell, who noted planning began more than two years ago. “However, the safety of the public is always our utmost concern.”
Pride Fort Lauderdale has already begun working with the city, county and Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, the festival’s presenting sponsor, to identify new dates this fall.
Organizers and community partners had planned dozens of events, including conferences dedicated to seniors, health care and business issues, an LGBT+ arts festival, runway fashion show, 5K run, parties, a parade and beach festival. Most events are expected to be rescheduled for the new dates.
Martorell added, “We look forward to this opportunity to make Pride of the Americas bigger and better, once the global health crisis passes.”
Greater Fort Lauderdale invites everyone under the sun to the very first Pride of the Americas.
Hit the beach and join hundreds of thousands of individuals in bringing global attention to the inequalities LGBT+ communities face in Latin America and the Caribbean. In partnership with Pride Fort Lauderdale, events will include runway shows, an arts festival, an LGBT+ Health and Wellness Conference, a Travel Symposium, a Business of the Americas Conference and a Transgender Summit. And no festival is complete without daily sunset concerts, a beach party, a parade and other social activities at various venues around Greater Fort Lauderdale. All are welcome to fly your flag high, make an impact and radiate life — CELEBRATE YOU — because who you are is worth celebrating. Click here to receive news on special offers and upcoming events for Pride of the Americas 2020 directly to your inbox.
Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to hundreds of gay-owned and operated businesses, along with one of the largest concentrations of LGBT+ households in the country. We’re home to 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 and the Stonewall Museum, one of the only permanent spaces in the U.S. devoted to exhibitions relating to LGBT+ history and culture.
This is an open embrace that extends far beyond the LGBT+ community. More than 58 percent of the local population are minorities and 32 percent were born in more than 100 countries. Approximately 79 percent of foreign-born residents are from Latin America, including large communities of immigrants from Cuba, Brazil and Colombia. With this melting pot of cultures, Broward County is the second most diverse county in the United States.
CONSERVATION PROGRAMS IN PLACE
Greater Fort Lauderdale is committed to hosting this event with minimal environmental impact. Energy and water conservation, along with waste recycling programs will be enacted throughout. Additionally, there are many efforts underway to safeguard the sea turtle population that will be nesting on our beaches during this time, including beach clean ups, securing of nesting sites and reduced artificial lighting near the shoreline.
Nearly 90 percent of turtle nesting in the U.S. occurs in Florida, with a large concentration occurring on the beaches of Greater Fort Lauderdale. Pride of the Americas 2020 has adopted the sea turtle as a fitting and informal mascot, commemorating this momentous occasion with one of Mother Nature’s most beloved creatures.
While in town, you will have opportunities to explore our unique ecosystems and participate in wildlife and nature conservation programs on the beach and in the Everglades.