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 — because who you are is worth celebrating.
Make your plans for April 21-26, 2020
Six days of events will begin with Opening Ceremonies on Tuesday, April 21 in downtown Fort Lauderdale and culminate on Sunday, April 26 with an epic beach festival and fireworks display.
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.
Tuesday, April 21:
Business of the Americas Conference
Tuesday, April 21 - Friday, April 24
Daily Sunset Concerts
Tuesday, April 21 - Sunday, April 26
LGBT+ Arts Festival
Wednesday, April 22
LGBT+ Travel Industry Symposium
Thursday, April 23
LGBT+ Health & Wellness Conference
Runway Fashion Show
Thursday, April 23 - Sunday, April 26
Sanctioned Dance Parties and Social Events
Friday, April 24
Night on the Drive
Saturday, April 25
Pride of the Americas Beach Party
Drag Brunch and Tea Dances
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.
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