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First nighttime Pride Parade to be held June 21 in Fort Lauderdale

News release:

First Ever Nighttime Pride Parade and Street Party in Wilton Manors
Highlight 9th Annual Fort Lauderdale Stonewall Street Festival

GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE, FL April 23, 2008 – Join locals and gay travelers at the 9th Annual Fort Lauderdale Stonewall Street Festival, a week-long Gay Pride celebration from June 16 to June 22 featuring lively events, grand performances and a vibrant new parade. Highlights of the Pride festival include the first annual night parade and street party in the popular ‘gayborhood’ of Wilton Manors, as well as the annual street festival and exhibition.

The new night parade and street party are an exciting addition to the already spectacular Pride celebration. The events on Saturday, June 21 start off with a special t-dance at Rosie’s Bar & Grill at 3 pm followed by DJ Joe Bermudez mixing up tunes on Wilton Drive at 7 pm, as dusk approaches. The parade kicks off at 8 pm with colorful floats, and the participation of local businesses and GLBT organizations. Singing sensation Tammy Wright will perform hit songs while revelers dance the night away.

Greater Fort Lauderdale serves up a multitude of comfortable gay-owned establishments. Wilton Manors, located just north of downtown Fort Lauderdale and minutes from the beach, is a bustling hotspot for residents and visitors offering several dining, nightlife and shopping options including Georgie’s Alibi, Galanga Thai Kitchen & Sushi Bar and New Moon. “We are thrilled that our Pride celebration continues to grow each year,” said Richard Gray, proprietor of the Royal Palms Resort and gay liaison to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Greater Fort Lauderdale is more than a gay-friendly city; it offers more than 150 gay-owned, hospitality-related establishments including hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants, as well as three gay and lesbian publications. According to statistics, the American gay and lesbian community drives an impressive $65 billion travel industry. Last year, gay visitors contributed some $1.2 billion to Greater Fort Lauderdale’s economy. For more information about Greater Fort Lauderdale and the Stonewall Street Festival and pride parade, please visit www.sunny.org/rainbow

About Greater Fort Lauderdale
The new Greater Fort Lauderdale is a vibrant, year-round destination offering more than 33,000 hotel rooms at a variety of hotels, resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings, plus new five-star resorts and more to come. More than ten million annual visitors enjoy Greater Fort Lauderdale’s 23 miles of Blue Wave Beaches, 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal to the Everglades, 4,000 restaurants, top shopping, and a thriving arts and culture scene.  For more information, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit www.sunny.org.

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