The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is a proud premier sponsor for the winged-float celebration “FlockFest,” taking place on Sebastian Beach in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, June 30th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 4th annual event is free. All are welcome and are encouraged to bring their winged floats – swans, flamingos, ducks, etc. – and decorate them 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.”
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.
In addition to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar is also a premier sponsor of FlockFest. The event’s post-party will be held on Saturday, June 30th, starting at 7 p.m. at the bar located at 2266 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors.
“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.”
Most 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. It 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+ travelers 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+ community 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 travelers. Greater Fort Lauderdale welcomes an estimated 1.5 million LGBT+ visitors who spend $1.5 billion annually.