Palm Beach Pride kicks off day with parade after events washed out

Palm Beach Pride canceled all activities Saturday but all events, including the parade, went on as scheduled Sunday
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Posted at 9:29 AM, Mar 24, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-24 18:05:37-04

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. — One day after flooding washed out Saturday's Palm Beach Pride event, all activities, including the parade, went on as scheduled Sunday.

The closing date was extended one hour to 7 p.m., according to the Compass LGBTQ+ Community Center.

The parade started shortly after the planned 11 a.m. time in downtown Lake Worth Beach. The route followed Lucerne Avenue west, then cut south to Lake Avenue and continued east where it ended at Bryant Park in Lake Worth Beach.

This year's parade was full of color, music, dancing and lots of celebrating.

People throughout South Florida and the Treasure Coast came out to show LGBTQ+ Pride.

"It's nice to be a part of a company that is so inclusive and creates that safe space for everybody," Avery Inocente, a Starbucks employee, said. "It's my first year with Starbucks and I've never been with someone who is as supportive and inclusive as they are, and now we get to show everybody else in Lake Worth how much love is love and we just love it. It's awesome."

The parade has been happening for more than two decades.

There was entertainment for all ages from noon until 7 p.m. at Bryant Park.

The performance headliner is Brooke Eden, a native of Palm Beach County and a rising country star.

Regarding the later time, Compass said in a news release: "We understand that this does not entirely make up for the lost Saturday, but we are excited to celebrate with our community for as long as we can."

Tickets purchased for the weekend will remain valid for Sunday's festivities.

"With the projected intense rainfall for Saturday, we did not feel we could provide the safest environment possible," Compass said. "We appreciate the outpouring of support from our community, vendors, volunteers, and sponsors and we will do everything in our power to have an amazing experience for everyone on Sunday, March 24, 2024."

WPTV is a sponsor of Palm Beach Pride.