For the 19th consecutive year, the City of Wilton Manors will host the largest LGBTQ pride event in the greater Fort Lauderdale area! Commemorating the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the Stonewall Pride Parade & Festival draws more than 35,000 festival goers from all across the U.S. The marketplace will open at 4 p.m. and feature various vendors, exhibitors and food trucks. Then at 5 p.m., the much-anticipated Stonewall Pride Parade will travel down Wilton Drive, led by this year’s Grand Marshal, Chuck Panozzo, bassist and co-founder of the band Styx. Panozzo is an activist for AIDS awareness and gay rights and has lived in Wilton Manors for 10 years. He came out and announced he was living with HIV in 2001.
“We are thrilled to have Chuck Panozzo, a Wilton Manors resident and activist for AIDS awareness, serve as this year’s grand marshal,” said Mayor Resnick. “Over the years this festival has grown into a destination event that brings people from all different places and backgrounds together to celebrate the milestone achievements of the LGBT community.”
The 2018 Wilton Manors Stonewall Festival will kick off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 16 when the marketplace opens featuring various vendors and exhibitors. Then at 5 p.m. the much-anticipated Stonewall Pride Parade will travel down the north side of Wilton Drive. Following the parade there will be a host of live performances until 11 p.m.
Groups or individuals can register as vendors for the street festival or sign up to participate in the parade. Spaces are limited and based on availability, so early registration is encouraged. Early bird pricing is available through May 31, 2018. Registration is now open and can be completed at http://bit.ly/stonewall2018 or by calling (754) 257-2989.
Sponsorships to support the event are also available and start at $1,000 for the Diamond Partnership Package. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to sign up as a sponsor, contact the VP for Development, WMEG at [email protected] or (754) 200-2979 ext. 603.
The Wilton Manors Entertainment Group, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit partnership between the City of Wilton Manors and the Wilton Manors Development Alliance, Inc., to provide resources, guidance, and continuity for city-sponsored cultural, social, and educational events, with all funds dedicated to its mission; to benefit the community of Wilton Manors.
The festival is held in honor of the Stonewall Riots, a series of violent demonstrations staged by New York City’s gay community on June 27, 1969, after they had grown tired of harassment from the New York Police Department. Each year, the City of Wilton Manors joins communities across the country to hold events that commemorate these riots.
For more information, visit: http://wiltonmanorsstonewall.com/
Date(s) - 06/16/2018
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm