Greater Fort Lauderdale celebrates ‘FlockFest’ on Sebastian Beach on July 6

Posted On 04 Jul 2019
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Fifth annual celebration of FlockFest brings together hundreds of LGBT+ attendees With Winged Floats.

THE Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is a proud premier sponsor for

The winged-float celebration FlockFest, takes place on Sebastian Beach in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, July 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 5th annual event is free and The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is the premier sponsor.

“Greater Fort Lauderdale is a progressive destination, and we are very proud to sponsor Flockfest,” said Stacy Ritter, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Celebrating diversity and inclusion is something we are very passionate about, and this signature event does just that.”

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring their winged floats along including – swans, flamingos, ducks, – and decorate them with creative flair.

Last year’s winged-float celebration included more than 500 floats and more than 1,800 attendees.

“FlockFest is a great event that exudes Greater Fort Lauderdale’s welcoming vibe to all residents and visitors,” said Richard Gray, Senior Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Greater Fort Lauderdale continues to grow with LGBT+ events, and we’re looking forward to this vibrant gathering which shows our community’s creative flair, diversity, and breathtaking beaches.”

FlockFest started out in 2015 as a small gathering of friends looking to do something fun and different. As the event grew each year, founder Steven Crawford thought it could be a great way to raise money for charities. Today, that is its main purpose.

“I am so proud to welcome everyone to join us in making this splash in the water and on the sand of Sebastian Beach,” said Steven Crawford, founder of FlockFest. “Greater Fort Lauderdale is world-renowned for being inclusive and for its thriving LGBT+ community, and we can’t wait to celebrate together at our annual float festival.”

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 following Greater Fort Lauderdale-based organisations: Renand Foundation, Julian’s Fountain of Youth and United Dog Rescue.

For more information on FlockFest, click here:

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has proactively targeted and welcomed the LGBT+ market since 1996, when it became the first Convention & Visitors Bureau with a gay-centric vacation planner, and dedicated website on a CVB homepage. Since then, the city has continued to break down barriers and facilitate essential visibility for the LGBT+ communities at large.

The destination now welcomes 1.5 million LGBT+ travelers annually, spending $1.5 billion. It also features one of the largest Pride Centers in the country, the first and only World AIDS Museum and Education Center, and is home to the Stonewall National Museum & Archives, one of the only permanent spaces in the U.S. devoted to exhibitions relating to LGBT+ history and culture.

Most recently, Greater Fort Lauderdale opened the area’s first LGBT+ Visitors Center in Wilton Manors.

For more information on LGBT+ travel in Greater Fort Lauderdale, click here:

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