Pride-SWFL, Inc. officially invites you to a weekend full of PRIDE!!!! Join us for SWFL PRIDE 2017 on Saturday, October 7th and on Sunday, October 8th for the SWFL Pride Tea Dance!!!
October 7th’s Gay Pride Celebration is now the 9th annual event for Southwest Floridians. This year’s SWFL Pride endeavors to celebrate being PROUD. The intention for this year’s SWFL Pride is to promote being proud of the unique individuality of all members of the SWFL community, and in so doing promote a mentality of peace, acceptance and love. It is imperative that the diversity which makes SWFL such an amazing place to live is celebrated in harmony, showing that where there is love there is strength in unity. 2017’s Annual SWFL Pride invites all who are looking to enjoy a day in sunny SWFL to join their LGBTQ+ community for a fun filled day of rainbows, relaxation, refreshments and PRIDE.
This year marks Pride-SWFL’s 9th Annual SWFL Pride. SWFL Pride will take place on Saturday, October 7th (rain or shine) from noon – 5:30pm at The Alliance for The Arts (10091 McGregor Blvd). We hope you will also join us at the Pride Tea Dance on Sunday, October 8th from 2:00pm -6:00pm at Celsius in downtown Fort Myers (2213 Main St.).
The festival will include plenty of on-site and nearby free parking. SWFL Pride is a family friendly event, the vendor market will include service organizations, local and national community organizations, social organizations, area non-profits, supportive religious organizations, games & activities, shopping plus plenty of food and drinks. Additionally, the amphitheater stage will be filled with fabulous entertainment, featuring renowned artist Jaimie Wilson, B103.9’s DJ Mad Mel, Kelly Neff, DJ Kooshie, DJ Ajar, local drag queens and kings and so much more!
Pride-SWFL is also tremendously pleased to announce that back by popular demand is the extension of the festivities! On the Sunday following SWFL Pride, Pride-SWFL will be sponsoring a Tea Dance. The theme for this year’s Tea Dance coincides with the theme for SWFL Pride in a celebration of sunny Florida and a recognition of the Pride that fills each year’s annual commemoration, through a coming together in an expression of resilience. Attendees will join in dancing, fun, and good music. There will be a cash bar, drag show and featured DJs such as DJ Mad Mel, DJ Kooshie, and DJ Ajar.
Pride-SWFL was created in August 2009 out of a grass roots effort to put on a community festival to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. Pride-SWFL started with approximately twenty individuals meeting in living rooms and representing local businesses, clubs, organizations and colleges. Within only six weeks, with no money, little experience, and only a few posters to get the word out, they put together and hosted a four-hour festival including a stage packed full of entertainment, and over 30 participating vendors.
Last year, SWFL Pride introduced the Goldberg Award as a celebration of the strength of the individuals who stand against adversity and fight for the basic human and civil rights that should be afforded to all. Pride-SWFL will continue this tradition by recognizing the new recipient of this award at this year’s SWFL Pride.
Now in our 9th year, Pride-SWFL proudly points out the fact that we are still a 100% volunteer based organization! This event would not be possible without the generous donations from community members, supporting businesses, and people like you. PRIDE-SWFL is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization founded to produce the Annual Southwest Florida Pride Event. Pride-SWFL is dedicated to education, commemoration of LGBTQ heritage and celebration of LGBTQ culture and liberation.
Planning for SWFL Pride 2017 is already underway. Volunteers are always welcome. For information about volunteering or to get signed up, please go to: http://prideswfl.com/
If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor and/or Vendor, here is the fillable PDF: 2017 SWFL Pride Sponsor / Vendor Application
If you are interested in performing or entertainer at SWFL Pride, download the Entertainer Application here: Entertainer Application
Become a member and join Pride-SWFL…the benefits of membership are outstanding! For information about becoming a Member with Pride please go to: http://prideswfl.com/
Stay tuned….. We have lots of new and exciting things to come! Thank you for your continued support!
Check out our event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1662026860766391/
Please bring a chair, CASH and please no coolers! As much as we love our furry friends… due to insurance reasons, we ask you to please leave your animals at home.
SWFL Pride is a community event produced by Pride-SWFL, Inc., an IRS approved Non Profit 501(c)3 tax exempt volunteer organization dedicated to the enrichment of the lives of those in our community.
2017 SWFL Pride Sponsors
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