The Stonewall Festival is one of the biggest events Wilton Manors celebrates this year. Traditionally toward the end of June, the city has celebrated gay pride for the past sixteen years with a large parade followed by an equally impressive street festival. This year, organizers are
With over 30,000 people expected to pack Wilton Drive during the festival, it will be important to note that a large portion of this thoroughfare will be shut down starting in the early morning hours of June 20. The afternoon will begin with the crowds perusing the festival marketplace. This consists of over 100 vendors and organizations wishing to get the word out about themselves to a crowd who will support them. You can expect to see quite a few local service organizations and even state developmental and governmental agencies. Services such as HIV testing will be accessible during the festival.
There will also be music and local celebrities to meet during the festival in the afternoon. There will be three stages set up: the main “center” stage, and two side stages in front of The Manor and Rumors, respectively. Those stages will have local entertainment performing throughout the day, such as female impersonators, DJs, singers, and more. In addition, there are also three
A lot of people love cheering and walking in the pride parade each year. This year the parade will be held shortly before dusk, starting at 6 p.m. and ending shortly after 7:30. Nearly three
Finally, the nighttime concert is, according to some, the most anticipated part of the Stonewall Festival. It will begin at 8 p.m., with most of the headliners performing directly on the center stage. This year’s headliners all bring something unique to the table and will make sure
The first headliner is R&B girl group En Vogue. Sometimes a trio, sometimes a quartet, the group is led de facto by Terry Ellis, who is the only member of the group to stay the course from the band’s formation back in 1989 to today. Dance diva Crystal Waters, who broke through to the mainstream in the early 1990s with “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” and has since had numerous singles chart highly on the Billboard dance charts, will also be performing on center stage. Maxine Nightingale, a well-known disco performer whose hits include “Right Back Where We Started From,” “Love Hit Me” and “Lead Me
Additional headlining performers include Venus D’Lite, a nationally-known Madonna impersonator who you may remember from season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Miami native Shemuwel will open for En Vogue on center stage at the beginning of the evening. German-born and Miami-based singer-songwriter Pris Maverick is also going to perform for the crowds.
If you’re looking for parking, you have two options. Public parking costs $15 and there are a number of public lots available for your use. There’s the 8th Terrace Lot, on the corner of NE
You are also invited to purchase drink tickets in advance by going to wiltonmanorsstonewall.com and picking up your tickets the day of the festival, saving you the time and hassle of having to stand in long lines to buy your tickets in the afternoon sun. Each ticket is valued at $4.
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