WATCH: Despite Political Angst Around Pride, Let’s Not Forget To Have Fun!

As Pride month unfolds, the Stonewall Pride festivities are gathering momentum, presenting an opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies to come together in a joyous celebration.

Despite the political challenges and tensions that often accompany Pride events, it is crucial not to lose sight of the significance of these celebrations.The city of Fort Lauderdale, through the City Commission, officially recognized June as Pride month with a proclamation. This official acknowledgment reinforces the city's commitment to supporting the LGBTQ+ community and ensuring that their voices and experiences are heard and respected.A highlight of the Stonewall Pride activities was the recently held Mr. and Miss Stonewall pageant at the renowned Eagle venue. The pageant showcased the incredible talents and vibrant personalities of the participants, culminating in the crowning of Oscar Nova and Rihanna Petrone as the winners. The event exemplified the spirit of inclusivity and self-expression that Pride embodies.Pride flag raising ceremonies, such as the one organized in Miami, served as a powerful symbol of visibility and pride. These ceremonies remind us of the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ+ rights while also providing an opportunity to celebrate the progress made and the milestones achieved.Looking forward, the much-anticipated floaterama parade is set to sail along New River, promising a unique and memorable experience. This waterborne procession will undoubtedly be a testament to the community's resilience, creativity, and love. It is expected to feature a record number of participants, potentially making it the largest gathering of drag queens in American history.

Safety and security are paramount concerns for the organizers of Stonewall Pride. Wilton Manors police chief, Gary Blocker, assured the public that comprehensive security measures have been put in place. Extensive planning and coordination have been underway since December to ensure the safety and well-being of the expected 40,000 attendees. This commitment reflects the understanding and respect for the diverse nature of the LGBTQ+ community and the need for a safe and inclusive environment.




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