Fort Lauderdale is preparing to host the world’s first Pride of the Americas in 2020, reports Bill Henning for Hotspots magazine. Following the success of the expanded Pride Fort Lauderdale last year, the organization hopes to keep up momentum with the first-ever Pan-American pride event, inviting other pride organizations and LGBTQ+ indivuduals from across the Americas to participate.

Pride Fort Lauderdale had been hoping to host WorldPride 2021, but the event’s organization, InterPride, selected Copenhagen to host WorldPride that year instead. Since Pride Fort Lauderdale had already begun laying the foundations for an international pride event, they made the decision to put all that work towards organizing Pride of the Americas instead.

Pride Fort Lauderdale will partner with The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB) and a variety of local LGBTQ+ organizations and businesses to bring Pride of the Americas to fruition. Organizers hope to compile a week’s worth of events, from a business expo and LGBTQ+ human rights conference to concerts and dance parties. And, of course, the parade on Sunday will have pride of place.

To ensure that the first-ever Pride of the Americas is a success, Pride Fort Lauderdale will be reaching out to pride organizations throughout the Western Hemisphere. While they haven’t yet settled on a date for the event, it will likely be held either in February, when Pride Fort Lauderdale is usually held, or in April, when large-scale hotel reservations will likely be easier to find.

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