The parade of feathers, bright colors, and steel drums is making its way back to Wilton Manors this August and oh yea, what a thrilling sight it’s going to be!
The annual LGBTQ+ Caribbean Festival, PrideFête, is back in all its glory and pomp. Entering its second year as a resurrection of the Caribbean Pride Festival once under the guidance of Sunserve, PrideFête made its mark on Wilton Manors in 2022. The fun-filled festival saw over 1,000 attendees who danced, laughed, and basked in the joy that is the Caribbean culture.
It was all so precious, and exciting. Gay men gyrating to the pulsing sounds of the soca beats and women dancing in a warm embrace as traditional Caribbean music like compass and calypso bellowed through the grounds of the lush Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve. A stilt walker, drummer, performers, and fire dancer livened up the park while Karnival Bounce, a Caribbean dance crew on spring shoes, pranced throughout the crowd.
The festival was so much fun that they all decided to come back for round two. We can’t forget the masqueraders, the group of hotties dressed in barely-there traditional Caribbean Carnival outfits with elaborate bright feathers protruding from ornate headpieces and crossbody harnesses decked out in illustrious gems and crystals. It all paired well together as the sun radiated against bare skin and glistened off of the precious rainbow-colored stones.
This year, 2023, is to be no different. Karnival Bounce, our Caribbean Stilt Walker Richard Forbes, his drumming crew, the titillating masqueraders, and our esteemed Host Octavia Yearwood are all going to be present at the festival with a bonus of many more!
2023 PrideFête Hosts & Performers
Host Octavia Yearwood
Host Kerry and Pierre
DJ She J Hercules
Performer TP Lords
Performer Mx PrideFête 2023 Sparkle
Stilt Walker Richard Forbes
Karnival Bounce Crew
+More & lots of music!
In addition to the vendors, food, music, and performers like last year, this year’s PrideFête will introduce its mini-Carnival parade. All who attend the festivities can join in on the promenade as the parade contingent makes its way through the crowd to congregate in front of the stage. It’ll be a full-on spectacle to witness as the sun goes down and the fire-dancer comes out.
You just must join in. Whether you’re Caribbean and want to engulf yourself within your culture or a newbie ready to immerse yourself in an upbeat enjoyable experience of cultural food, music, and dance, all are welcome and, in the words of our LGBTQ+ holy grail, encouraged to come out. PrideFête 2023 is sure to be next-level fun and entertainment.
Saturday, August 12th, 6pm-11pm
Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve
1937 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305
General Admission $7 | VIP $85
*Ticket prices go up at the door