Pride Fort Lauderdale hosts the fifth annual Caribbean PrideFest on Saturday, May 11 from 2 – 8 p.m. at Huizenga Plaza in downtown Fort Lauderdale. This festival is open to all with free admission and features caribbean themed food, local vendors and live entertainment all afternoon. Sponsors for the event include: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Our Fund Foundation, Hotspots Media Group, Ambiente magazine, Outclique magazine, Unity Coalition/Coalicion Unida, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale and SunServe.
Pride Fort Lauderdale, producer of the annual Pride parade and beach festival held each February and next year’s Pride of the Americas celebration in April, assumed responsibility for this cultural festival at the request of SunServe, the local LGBT social services agency that had sponsored the festival for the past four years at Richardson Park in Wilton Manors.
CELEBRATE THE CULTURE, FOOD, MUSIC AND LGBT+ SPIRIT OF ISLANDS
Amara La Negra, Dominican-American recording artist and star of MTV’s “Love and Hip Hop: Miami” headlines the festival, which will include performances by steel drum bands, singers, dancers and drag performers. Kitty Meow (Shawn Palacious), a Bahamas native, will be the mistress of ceremonies.
Pride Fort Lauderdale’s board and the Caribbean PrideFest committee include members of Bahamian, Cuban, Dominican, Haitian, Jamaican and Puerto Rican descent and the organizers are eager to broaden the festival’s appeal and introduce the local LGBT+ community to the rich traditions of the Caribbean communities that now call South Florida home.
“In South Florida, LGBT+ people are basically free to live their lives the way they wish, but go just 40 miles off our shore and LGBT+ people are ostracized, criminalized and face bodily harm just for being who they are,” said Pride Fort Lauderdale president Miik Martorell, a Cuban-American. “Even here, the Caribbean LGBT+ community is sometimes overlooked and we welcomed the opportunity to spotlight and celebrate the spirit of the islands in this unique setting.”
Parking & More Info
Hourly parking is available at Governmental Center Parking Garage, 151 SW 2nd St., and Riverwalk Center Garage, 150 SE 2nd St. Scooter and bike parking areas will be available at Huizenga Plaza. Visitors from Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties are encouraged to take Brightline to the festival.
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Date(s) - 05/11/2019
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Huizenga Plaza 32 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301