Fort Lauderdale celebrates ‘Flockfest’ on Sebastian Beach on June 30

Besi Besemar June 27, 2018

Fourth annual celebration brings together hundreds of LGBT+ visitors with winged floats.

THERE is still time to jump on a plane at Gatwick and take a Norwegian Airlines flight direct to Fort Lauderdale for the winged-float celebration FlockFest, which takes place on Sebastian Beach in Fort Lauderdale this Saturday, June 30 from 11am to 4pm.

The event is free and you are welcome to take your winged-floats of swans, flamingos and ducks, decorated with creative flair.

“I’m excited to see FlockFest grow each year, and am so proud to welcome hundreds of attendees to join us in making this splash in the water and on the sand of Sebastian Beach,” said Steven Crawford, founder of FlockFest. “This event started out three years ago as a small gathering of friends looking to do something fun and different, and today that is still very much our purpose.”

While admission to the event is free, tickets can be purchased for access to the VIP area which includes beverages and FlockFest merchandise. FlockFest tank tops and hats are also available for purchase. Proceeds from ticket sales and merchandise benefit the Fort Lauderdale-headquartered Renand Foundation.

Flockfest is sponsored by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar where the events post-party will be held on Saturday, June 30, starting at 7pm.

“FlockFest is such a fun and exciting event, and there is nothing like this anywhere else,” said Richard Gray, Vice President of LGBT+ for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Greater Fort Lauderdale is growing with more and more LGBT+ events, and this is another spectacular event that is full of color and shows just how welcoming and festive our destination is.” 

Recently, Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County opened the area’s first LGBT+ Visitor Center in Wilton Manors, Broward County’s gay-centric district with the destination’s largest concentration of gay residents and businesses. The Center is located at 2300 NE 7th Avenue in Wilton Manors.

Greater Fort Lauderdale is also home to one of the largest Pride Centers in the country, the world’s first AIDS Museum, the global headquarters of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, and the Stonewall Museum, one of the only permanent spaces in the U.S. devoted to exhibitions relating to LGBT+ history and culture.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has been welcoming LGBT+ travellers since 1996, when it became the first Convention & Visitors Bureau with a dedicated LGBT+ marketing department.

Since then, Greater Fort Lauderdale has continued to break down barriers and facilitate visibility for the LGBT+ communities at large, acting as a pioneer in the hospitality industry and ensuring that the destination is inclusive and welcoming with a diverse, safe and open community for all travellers.