Our Story

Pride Fort Lauderdale, formerly known as Pride South Florida, is the oldest Pride celebration in the state of Florida. Born in 1977 out of protest in response to Anita Bryant’s "Save Our Children" campaign that portrayed gays as child molesters and successfully moved to repeal of the anti- discrimination ordinance in Miami. Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1993, Pride Fort Lauderdale today continues to bring together the skills, talents, and visions of our diverse community to create the annual Pride Parade and Festival.

Pride Fort Lauderdale raises funds primarily through festival tickets and beverage sales, and through sponsorships, and exhibitor fees. These funds support Pride Fort Lauderdale's advancement of its mission to foster pride, equality, and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities locally, nationally, and globally.

In 2017, Pride Fort Lauderdale moved to Fort Lauderdale Beach for its 40th anniversary, attracting 40,000 people. 2019, Pride Fort Lauderdale presented the first parade in city history on scenic State Route A1A (renamed Gay1A) along the beach, with nearly 35,000 spectators.  

Pride is an opportunity to take a stand against oppression and celebrate the strength and resolve of the LGBT community. In Pride, both celebration and protest are alive and evident, in South Florida. Pride Fort Lauderdale remains as a large Pride Festival in the state of Florida with thousands of attendees annually.

VISION

Creating an exceptional Annual Pride Festival for our Fort Lauderdale community, ensuring year-round visibility and support through profitable and memorable events. This involves mobilizing volunteers, partnering with corporate sponsors, community organizations, and private donors, and making the most of available resources to enrich the lives of our diverse community while promoting inclusivity and diversity for all.

MISSION

Greater Fort Lauderdale Pride, Inc. is dedicated to serving, educating, uniting, empowering, and advocating for the well-being of our diverse LGBTQ+ community in South Florida.

Business Commitment

Pride Fort Lauderdale is committed to…

🏳️‍🌈Offering strategic resources for profitability

🏳️‍🌈Developing innovative fundraising strategies

🏳️‍🌈Advocating for inclusion

🏳️‍🌈Committing to diversity

🏳️‍🌈Elevating Fort Lauderdale as a top global destination for leisure and business travel

🏳️‍🌈Empowering our multicultural community, providing inclusive spaces, addressing basic needs, and offering relief and comfort.

Business

Strategy

Collaborating with external agencies, subject matter experts, and diverse community leaders to ensure fair, equal, and respectful representation of all members of our community.

Business

Statement

Pride Fort Lauderdale takes pride in organizing inclusive high-profile events that offer both enjoyment for attendees and opportunities to give back to our community. Additionally, we aim to promote Fort Lauderdale as a premier destination for both leisure and business travel.