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There are some changes coming to the upcoming Stonewall Pride Festival.

- Kim Swan, Editor


Big Changes at Stonewall Pride

By John Hayden

From before you arrive through everything you’ll find inside, this year’s Stonewall Pride will have a different look and feel. From cashless entry to an LED stage to more embracement of the leather community, to a later start of the parade, the experience will be unlike past years.

The party is June 15. Gates open at 3 p.m. 

The Glow Night Parade will step off at 8 p.m. The start time has been pushed back in the hopes that afternoon rains will have passed, and cooler temperatures will prevail. 

“We want to give Wilton Manors a new experience that enhances the parade. There aren’t a lot of nighttime parades, and we want to stand out,” said Stonewall CEO Jeff Sterling. 

The staging area will be around Dairy Queen to City Hall. Fort Lauderdale High School is not being used this year. The route, from Tulio’s to Bona Italian, remains the same. 

Wilton Manors Police is working with other local law enforcement agencies to provide security the day of the event. Many will be in uniform and visible. Others will be more discrete. Snipers and lookouts will be on some buildings, and plain-clothed officers will mingle with the crowd. 

Organizers and the city are also working with federal agencies and the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Warnings have been issued for the LGBTQ community, but no specific threats have been made (or disclosed) towards Stonewall.

During the most recent city commission meeting, WMPD Assistant Police Chief Darren Brodsky said, “We did receive an alert from our federal partners regarding information from overseas. There was intelligence, as often there is, that suggests there could be threats against LGBTQ+ communities. We are aware of these threats. We have put a plan together that is intelligence based.” 

“I can promise this community that we take all threats seriously and will ensure that we have enough resources and personnel that we will act on any credible intelligence.”


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Weekly Events

TODAY: Fabulous Fridays

Join The Well for happy hour 5-8 p.m. and then Fabulous Fridays at 8 p.m.

SAT: Father's Day Workshop

Celebrate Father's Day with the City of Doral at their hands-on workshop, where Fathers and their kids will come together to craft their own wooden caddy. 

SUN: Fandangles Sip & Shop

Get ready to sip on some delicious drinks while browsing and shopping for all the coolest and trendiest items at Fandangles Sip & Shop.

Job Opportunities

Inside Sales Representative -- Fort Lauderdale

Platinum Fundraising is seeking an Inside Sales Representative to walk customers through the details of their program and explaining how they can help their school or non-profit organization, and more. $60,000 - $100,000 a year.

Account Manager -- Fort Lauderdale

Blue Horse is looking for an Account Manager who will utilize effective sales techniques to generate new business opportunities, and more. $57,738 - $127,317 a year.

Friday's Furry Friend

Rico was found as a puppy in Puerto Rico by a family who brought him home with them. Now he is 4-years-old, and they have no room for him. He is friendly and loves to spend time outside playing and then cooling off in the air-conditioning. Rico will do best with an active family who has time to devote him. His previous family said he is friendly with other dogs and good with cats. Can Rico bring some fun to your household?

It's In the Stars

Happy Pride! 

As the Queen of Swords, we, the vibrant symphony of the LGBTQ community, have severed the many-headed hydra of hate, weaving boundaries — legal and ideological — about us, to safeguard our rights and bring forth the lucidity we need to flourish. From the charred remnants of past sorrows, like the mythical phoenix summoned by the King of Wands, we ascend, our rainbow plumage illuminating the heavens, casting prismatic beams into the world's deepest shadows, where many of our kin await that first radiant sliver of rainbow dawn. Like the Ten of Coins, we are architects of a lasting legacy — not mere whispers of ideology, but a living, breathing testament — a haven where LGBTQ souls, present and future, can gather, dwell, and craft realms of joyous possibility. 

(Key numbers: 1, 10).

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