The 2021 Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival will take to the streets of Wilton Manors on Saturday, June 19. The Street Festival, featuring vendor booths and live music on six stages along Wilton Drive, will kick off at 3 p.m., followed by the “Out of the Darkness, Into the Light” parade at 7 p.m. In addition to the festivities, the parade’s nominating committee announced this year’s 2021 parade grand marshals: Dr. Requel Lopes, Executive Director of the World AIDS Museum, and four-time Emmy award-winning NBC6 meteorologist Steve MacLaughlin.
“We are so honored to have Dr. Lopes and Mr. MacLaughlin lead our parade and festivities,” said Wilton Manors Mayor Scott Newton. “They are both incredible advocates for the LGBTQ+ community and I know they will truly enhance the spirit of pride throughout this entire event that we are excited to host in commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Riots.”
Lopes is an acupuncture physician and the executive director of the World AIDS Museum, the world’s first museum and educational center of its kind, which opened its doors in May 2014. MacLaughlin is an Emmy-winning science and environmental reporter for NBC6 who focuses on stories related to climate change.
In addition to the festival and parade, guests are invited to a presentation at 6 p.m. at the 6th Street stage, during which Mayor Newton and Wilton Manors City Commissioners will proclaim Saturday, June 19, 2021, Juneteenth Independence Day in the City of Wilton Manors. The proclamation will promote awareness of the significance of this celebration in African American History, as well as the the nation’s and city’s heritage. During the presentation Newton and the commissioners will designate the month of June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month in the City of Wilton Manors.
Corporations, community groups, and individuals are invited to sponsor, participate as vendors, advertise in the official Stonewall guide, and walk in the parade. Spaces are limited and based on a first come, first served basis. Register here or by calling (754) 200-1641.