In lieu of the traditional pride parade cancellations due to COVID-19 an inaugural pride boat parade, officially coined Pride Flotilla 2020, will take place on Sunday, June 21, 2020, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. The creative event is the brainchild of Patrick Parker Graham and Scott Schramm, two members of the gay boat group Boys with Boats. The group will also be collaborating with Graham and Schramm to bring out as many boat owners as possible.
Other than collaborating on the ingenious pride parade, the Boys with Boats co-founders, Jeremy and Joshua Pettus, will showcase their pride boat in the parade line up as well. The two Boys with Boats captains created their boat group in Fort Lauderdale to give LGBTQIA boat owners and boat enthusiasts a place to gather and celebrate their love for everything boating.
Four years later and the group is internationally known with members throughout the globe and spinoff groups in various locations. Now, with Graham and Schramm’s Pride Flotilla 2020 the group will have yet another innovative and exciting aspect to their already unique assembly. Boys with Boats members are already elated about the event, ordering festive and gay-oriented decorations to adorn their boats while they cruise down the parade route.
Witness Pride Flotilla 2020 as the boats make their way from the starting point at Sunrise Bay, which is adjacent to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park then south along the Intercoastal Waterway finishing west up the New River to end at the docks next to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and the Museum of Discovery and Science. The best spectator area would be along New River, even better would be a birds-eye view from one of the many balconies overlooking New River.
If you’re interested in participating in the inaugural pride boat parade you can meet the group and the organizers at Sunrise Bay Lake between 12:30pm and 1:00pm. It's a perfect Pride event to adhere to social distancing guidelines.