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Stonewall will return to Wilton Manors,
and so will the optional $5 entry fee.
Organizers for the Stonewall Pride
Parade and Festival, held Saturday, June 16
along Wilton Drive, first asked attendees to
pay the fee last year. Rising security costs have
created a need to raise more money.
Jeff Sterling, CEO of the Wilton Manors
Entertainment Group, which is working with
the city to put on the event, said that security
costs have increased again – $34,000 last year
to $38,000 this year.
This year organizers are going to make
more of an effort to ask people to pay, but
they still won’t force people. “It’s always going
to be optional . . . If 13,000 people gave five
bucks, that’s a substantial amount of money.
It’s a game changer for us,” Sterling said. The
entrances for the event are Northeast 21 Court,
Northeast 6 Ave, and Northeast 9 Avenue.
Cash and credit cards will be accepted.
This year’s event, which drew 35,000
people last year, will start at 4 p.m. when the
Festival Marketplace opens. Vendors will
include food trucks, non-profit organizations,
governmental agencies, and local businesses.
The parade is slated to begin at 5 p.m., go down
Wilton Drive, and last about 90 minutes. Right
now, about 11 organizations and businesses,
plus several trucks, fire trucks and emergency
vehicles will be part of the parade. Sterling
said he expects more to sign up as the event
Instead of staging the parade floats at Fort
Lauderdale High School as in years past, this
year they will be staged on Wilton Drive just
south of Northeast 21 Court. The rest of the
street, from Northeast 21 Court to Five Points,
will be closed off.
It’s smaller than previous years but Sterling
said financial constraints forced a smaller
“Unfortunately, we had to remove that
section. That’s doesn’t mean it’s a permanent
thing. It’s a this year thing.” But he hopes that
the event can be expanded if future grants,
such as one worth up to $65,000 from the
Broward Cultural Division, can be obtained.
To help do that, organizers are tracking how
much money is spent in Wilton Manors and
Broward County because of Stonewall. They
hope to use that information to show grant
providers, such as the Greater Fort Lauderdale
Convention & Visitors Bureau, how valuable
the event is economically to South Florida.
“We get that [cultural] grant, a good amount,
say $30,000, we get our entertainment back,”
To make up for a lack of entertainment
provided by Stonewall’s organizers, local
business owners have been providing their
own entertainment on outside stages for
several years. This year’s private stage
sponsors are Rumors Bar & Grill, Hunters, The
Manor, and iHeart Radio. The first three will
have a stage set up in front of their locations
on Wilton Drive. iHeart will have its stage at
Northeast 6 Avenue.
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June 13, 2018 • Volume 9 • Issue 24
2520 N. Dixie Highway • Wilton Manors, FL 33305
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Parking will be available for $20
at Hagen Park, 2020 Wilton Drive;
Richardson Park, 1937 Wilton Drive;
the 8th Terrace Lot, Northeast 8
Terrace and Northeast 26 Street; City
Municipal Complex, 2100 N. Dixie
Hwy.; the new lot at Northeast 23
Drive and Northeast 11 Avenue; and
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2017 Stonewall Pride. Photo credit: Brendon Lies.
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