Paul Slutsky and ReMax Experience support Wilton Manors Stonewall Gay Pride Festival

Stonewall Parade on Wilton Drive

Gay and straight, couples from all walks of life came to Wilton Manors to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. It was a celebration where love and support for the Gay community just flooded over onto the main street of Wilton Drive. Wilton Drive was closed to traffic for the day.

The day started with local businesses and organizations from Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas showing their support. Wilton Drive was lined with booths and tables displaying the products and services which they offer to the community. It was a time where everyone, gay or straight came to show their love and support as a community.

ReMax experience was represented along Wilton Drive
ReMax Experience invited our friends to enjoy Pride from our “living room”

I was happy to be part of it. ReMax Experience showed our support with a booth on Wilton Drive. ReMax Experience tried to make everyone feel “at home” and invited our visitors to come into the living room setting which we created for them. We had a sofa, a chandelier and all the things to make our guests feel at home. We made an empty space into a home setting and spoke to as many people as we could. I personally met many new friends as well as many old ones too.

As the day progressed the excitement peaked. The highlight of the day for me was the Pride Parade. Local business, organizations, political candidates as well as many others flooded Wilton Drive. There were floats, cars and flatbeds, feathers, balloons and glitter galore. All of this just adding to the excitement.  The parade is an annual event that you shouldn’t miss.

Wilton Drive was the scene of the Stonewall Pride Parade
The Annual Pride Parade in Wilton Manors celebrating the rights for Gay individuals

Gay Pride in Fort Lauderdale This Year

Pride Fort Lauderdale, which celebrated its 40th Anniversary this year hit a home run with its beachfront venue on Sunday, February 26th. For many years, gay pride has been rather disjointed in my opinion. With an LGBTQ community as large and dynamic as Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale has, you would think that a Gay PRIDE festival would be a major extravaganza. Not so until this year. Prior years the event was held in Wilton Manors and even once in the neighboring city of Oakland Park, but never was it the magnitude of this year.

This year, the event planners for Gay Fort Lauderdale Pride chose to hold the event right on Fort Lauderdale Beach amongst the sand and ocean breeze, call it PRIDE FORT LAUDERDALE on the beach, and what a huge success it was. There has never been a turn out like this before.

The day was filled with the most diverse crowd of people all mixing and mingling and embracing one another. Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual Transgender and Hetrosexual all coming together dancing on one dance floor. Entertaining on the stage throughout the day was Erika Jane, Brian Justin Crum, Ty Herndon, DJ Wendy Hunt and DJ AJ Reddy. Everyone was considered. There was an alcohol-free dry area. There was an area where families could partake in arts and crafts and other wholesome activities. For those who have the need to feel special, the W Fort Lauderdale sponsored the Living Room VIP Lounge. There was even an area dedicated to the seniors of the community. You could reach out and feel the excitement in the air. It was an amazing day of utter enjoyment for the gay Fort Lauderdale community and their supporters.

The official Saturday Party was held at Alibi Monkey Bar and the official Sunday Party was held at the Manor, both located in Wilton Manors.

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Wilton Manors home goes under contract

Another Wilton Manors house goes under contract by Paul Slutsky, Realtor. Inspection done! Appraisal done!… After 26 years in the same home, my sellers are starting to pack. When I took the listing and became their realtor, I informed Adolfo and Denise that a typical home could take about 90 days to go to contract. Sure enough, on the 90th day this beautiful Mid Century Modern home in the Middle River Estates section of Wilton Manors went to contract. The new buyer for this 2000 square foot, 4 bedroom, 3 bath home will be just a short walk to Wilton Drive.  “The Drive” has become a thriving entertainment district, filled with eating establishments, art galleries and bars in the heart of the gay and lesbian community. This unique Wilton Manors home, constructed in the late 1950’s was built with vaulted ceilings and beams and planked with Dade County Pine, adding to its charm.  Conveniently accessable to the beach, Wilton Manors just borders on the edge of Fort Lauderdale. This home was listed at $469,000. If your’re looking for a realtor who gets the job done, call Paul Slutsky, Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors Premier Realtor and a member of the Leading Realtors of the World. For more information on Wilton Manors visit: http://www.wiltonmanors.com