Organizers of the first Pride of the Americas in Greater Fort Lauderdale announced the DJ line-up for the two-day Beach Festival on April 25-26, 2020 at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.
Pride of the Americas is being planned and hosted by Pride Fort Lauderdale with support from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), the presenting sponsor. More than 350,000 visitors from Alaska to Argentina are expected to arrive in Broward County, April 21-26, 2020, for five days of events including seminars and educational programs, a performing arts festival, health care symposium, business conference, service projects, a parade, and parties. Pride of the Americas will culminate with the two-day Beach Festival, sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), on Saturday and Sunday from noon-9:00PM.
After the Saturday afternoon parade, tens of thousands of visitors will flood the street behind the giant rainbow flag, and a newly-commissioned transgender rights flag, and march to Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, where they will find hundreds of craft, product, and food vendors and live entertainment on three stages.
The featured DJs on the main stage on Saturday include DJ Anne Louise, an international circuit favorite from Salvador, Brazil, and DJ Tatiana, Spanish-born/Denver-based Latina DJ popular at both women’s and men’s dance events. Also, on Saturday, organizers are planning a return of the Bear Beach Bash on the festival grounds with bear go-go dancers and a special guest DJ to be announced.
On Sunday, DJ/producer Manny Lehman will return to South Florida for a special set on the main stage, followed by international DJ/producer Paulo from Brazil and now Los Angeles. The evening will close with a spectacular fireworks display.
“We knew we would have an international audience at Pride of the Americas, so we specifically sought out international DJs,” explained Pride Fort Lauderdale president Miik Martorell. “Anne Louise and Paulo are two of the hottest DJs from Brazil, Tatiana has built an international following among both men and women, and well, Manny Lehman is simply a global legend.”
Local and regional drag performers and musicians will perform all afternoon on Sunday on the community stage, with dance sets by DJ Josh Atom. Coordinator Nicole Halliwell, one of the region’s busiest performers and producers, has lined up two dozen talented entertainers for the stage.
“This stage is always one of the most popular areas at Pride Fort Lauderdale each year,” said Martorell, “attracting drag and music fans of all ages and backgrounds. We have an amazing lineup of professional performers once again for Pride of the Americas.”
On both days, a third Hip Hop/Caribbean/Latin stage will feature top DJs and live performers playing an eclectic selection of music that is expected to appeal to the diverse attendees from throughout the Americas. Anthony Winn Entertainment is programming the stage.
Pride organizers are still in contract negotiations with an international superstar to conclude the Beach Festival on Sunday, but an announcement is imminent.
“It’s never an easy process signing artists,” emphasized Martorell, who has been working on securing an artist for more than six months. “We not only wanted a big artist to headline Pride of the Americas, we wanted the right artist—someone who will appeal to an international audience and is also a strong ally of the LGBT+ community. We’re very close and I can promise everyone they won’t be disappointed.”
Admission to the Pride of the Americas Beach Festival is FREE, although a $5 donation is suggested to offset the costs of security and emergency services. For more information about Pride of the Americas 2020, April 21-26, 2020 in Greater Fort Lauderdale, go to www.PrideOfTheAmericas.org or www.Facebook.com/PrideOfAmericas.