In 1977, Florida Citrus Commission spokeswoman Anita Bryant got a Dade County referendum passed that made LGBT people second-class citizens. In response, local activists boycotted OJ and created the Pride Parade and Rally. And although it took two decades, they were able to get the antidiscrimination ordinance reinstated and regain some rights all but marriage and adoption. The parade and rally originally organized against Bryant continues today as Pridefest.
From noon to 7 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, the annual outdoor bash will happen at Jaco Pastorius Park, with the usual explosion of booths selling food, drink, and knickknacks, plus drag performers, singers, three DJs, the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus, and the South Florida Pride Jazz Ensemble. There will be enough loud, happy LGBT people milling about in the park to give Anita Bryant an embolism.
March 13-14, 2010