More than 120,000 visitors took in the 42nd annual Pride Fort Lauderdale festival, Feb. 21-24, in Greater Fort Lauderdale. The carnaval-themed festival included the first parade ever held along iconic Fort Lauderdale Beach.
“Greater Fort Lauderdale is a very welcoming destination, and I’m so proud of our community and hospitality industry for embracing diversity and inclusion and showing our local residents and visitors how welcomed they are here during Pride Fort Lauderdale and year-round,” said Richard Gray, vice-president of Diversity and Inclusion of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The sights and sounds of the Caribbean and Brazil came alive throughout the festival.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has been proactively targeting and welcoming the LGBT+ market since 1996 and welcomes 1.5 million LGBT+ travellers annually. It is also home to the first and only World AIDS Museum and Education Center, and the Stonewall National Museum & Archives, one of the only permanent spaces in the US devoted to exhibitions relating to LGBT+ history and culture.