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Celebrate Gay Pride at the 2010 Stonewall Festival and Parade Sunday June 20 on Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. The day will be filled with entertainment, dancing, food and drink.

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By Juan Lopez

Celebrate Gay Pride at the 2010 Stonewall Festival and Parade Sunday June 20 on Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. The day will be filled with entertainment, dancing, food and drink.

There will be a Miller Lite Main Stage, two dance venues, "family friendly" area including the Rainbow Circus, carnival amusements and games.

Don't miss the half mile parade with Grand Marshals Adam Bouska and Jeffery Parshley (founders of the national NOH8 campaign). Parade line-up is on N.E. 20th Street and officially starts at 11 a.m. Around noon, the parade ends and the Stonewall Festival opens.

Parking:

  • Fort Lauderdale High School (east and west lots, north of 1600 N.E. 4 Street, Fort Lauderdale)
  • Hagen Park (behind Wilton Manors City Hall on Wilton Drive, use N.E. 21 Court entrance) 
  • Richardson Park (N.E. 20 Street and Wilton Drive)
  • GLCC/Pride Center (N. Dixie Highway and N.E. 20 Street, for parade participants only)
  • SunTrust Bank (N.E. 26 Street and N.E. 15 Avenue)
  • Church of Spiritual Life (N.E. 26 Street and N.E. 16 Avenue)
  • Handicapped Parking: Shoppes of Wilton Manors (enter from N.E. 7 Avenue, must have current handicapped parking permit)
  • Shuttle service to be provided by Green Hoppe

 

In 2000, a new organization, Pride of Greater Fort Lauderdale decided to recreate gay pride in Fort Lauderdale. They would take the festival out of the city parks and convention center and move it into the street, Wilton Drive to be exact in the heart of South Florida's gay community. They then decided to bring back the gay pride parade and have it start off the festival and have the route go through the festival itself. Most importantly, they decided the festival would be free to the public. The Stonewall Street Festival and Parade drew an estimated 25,000 for the combined events last year.

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