Travel Thursday: Let the Pride Planning Begin! Fort Lauderdale Will Host Pride of The Americas in 2020

Greater Fort Lauderdale is proud to be the host destination for the first-ever Pride of the Americas on April 21-26, 2020. This historic and transformational event brings two continents and 35 countries together, welcoming everyone under the sun. Pride of the Americas will be hosted by Pride Fort Lauderdale with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau serving as the presenting sponsor.

“Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County is the perfect launch destination for Pride of the Americas 2020 because we are world renowned for our open embrace to the LGBT+ community and to all visitors from across the globe,” said Stacy Ritter, CEO and president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We are excited for Pride of the Americas attendees to experience our cosmopolitan destination, as well as our beautiful melting pot of cultures.”

Six days of events will begin with opening ceremonies on Tuesday, April 21 in downtown Fort Lauderdale, and culminate on Sunday, April 26, with an epic beach festival and fireworks display. Pride of the Americas will include social events throughout the destination, a parade, beach party, arts festival, A-list entertainment, sunset concerts, top DJs and drag brunches. A glamorous fashion show will feature designs by Bravo’s “Project Runway” alumni and local designers – modeled by male, female, transgender and drag models – at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in nearby Hollywood.

Paint the Town Rainbow

With one of the largest LGBT+ populations in the U.S. and welcoming more than 1.5 million LGBT+ visitors annually, Greater Fort Lauderdale lives up to its title as Pride of the Americas host. With hundreds of gay-owned and operated businesses and the highest concentration of same-sex couple households in the country, the destination is one of the most diverse and welcoming in the world. Ready to plan?


Spotlight: Richard Gray

As Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Senior VP of Diversity and Inclusion, Richard is a pioneer for LGBT+ tourism. “We want to show the world our cultural diversity, our focus on inclusion,” Richard said. “Having this festival unifies people and allows them to feel free to be themselves in a safe environment.”

Where to Stay

In the planning mood? Check out these fab hotels and resorts that are the perfect places to book for your Pride of the Americas trip.  We at Instinct will update you more in the next few months with our picks of where you may want to stay (check out the B Ocean Resort). Rest your head at …


Where to Play

Splash around on the shores of Sebastian Beach, named the “Hottest U.S. Gay Beach” by Out Traveler, then head over to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park for jet skiing and kayaking along the Intracoastal Waterway. And more places to play …



Where to Eat

Do brunch at Rosie’s Bar and Grill in Wilton Manors, or enjoy dinner and a drag show at Lips in Oakland Park. Greater Fort Lauderdale’s LGBT+ restaurants will be the cherry on top of your trip to paradise. Other places to fill up …


Where to Party

When the sun goes down, we’ve got you covered. Drink near the mermaids and mermen of the underwater burlesque show at B Ocean’s Wreck Bar (check out our Aquamen review), or dance the night away at Hunters Nightclub in Wilton Manors. For more options …





We’re very excited about the Pride of the Americas coming to Fort Lauderdale.  Definitely check out all the links above and watch out for more exciting updates to come!



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