Tens of thousands of people descended on Wilton Manors to celebrate LGBTQ pride, Saturday, and the festivities, held almost a week after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, proved to be both united and solemn.
Police estimated about 30,000 attendees joined together in the annual Wilton Manors Stonewall Festival and Parade, one of the city’s biggest gay pride events.
The event’s major attraction was the parade which had a huge police presence from numerous agencies showing their support: the Coral Springs Police Department, Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Miami-Dade Police Department, Oakland Park Fire and Rescue, Wilton Manors Police Department and Scott Israel of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, who had one of the biggest presentations of them all.
The parade had numerous participants from walking groups, bands and parade floats, all showing their unity and support of the Orlando tragedy, along with countless political candidates asking for your support. Annually, the parade entries are judged for their themes, execution and showmanship in the parade.
This year’s judges were Pat Burnside of Pat Burnside Reality, Joe Sansone of Mojos Barber Shop on Wilton Drive, Joey Schroeder of Bourbon Street Pub in Key West, and Kevin Broady of the Florida Agenda and Next magazine.
Here is the list of winners
Best Corporate Involvement
Wells Fargo Group
Best Community Spirit with a float
Best Community Spirit Walking Group
Best Overall Float with Spirit
Gay Men’s Chorus
Everyone did an amazing job in their pride presentations, unity and community support. Congrats to everyone.
Photo Credit: Dennis Dean