Second Annual ‘Floatarama’ Held On The New River To Celebrate Pride Month – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The second annual Floatarama was held in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday to celebrate Pride Month.

It was an awe-inspiring sight as people decorated their boats with colors and rainbows on the New River.

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After so many events were canceled last year, people took to the water to take a break from staying indoors and now they say it has become a new pride tradition.

“We thought we’d come out this year and represent with a bunch of ourselves. It’s about representing and being proud and having a good time, ”said Edward Walther.

“We’re here from New York City. We’re celebrating my wife’s birthday and our 8th wedding anniversary, which is tomorrow June 13th. And we just celebrate life and pride. Love is love, ”said Kilita Fray.

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“Actually, a small group of us met during the quarantine last year, because what better way to be quarantined than on a boat? So, like a handful of boats got together and got a little bit of decoration, and that was sort of the first “improvised flotilla, and now it’s a sanctioned event that helps people, which is great,” said Brad Lewis.

Tickets from the event benefit from Lauderdale’s GED and scholarship programs for the LGBTQ community.
And while it was a fun day, people also carried the significance of the date in their hearts five years after the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando.

“49 people were killed. We were actually in Florida for the first anniversary. While we’re partying, we still remember, ”said Fray.

More than 40 boats took part this year and the organizers hope it will become a new tradition and keep growing.

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“There is more acceptance. You come down the canal and see people on their balconies waving and supporting us, which is amazing, ”said Lewis.

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