Words: Mike Kennedy
[Guest Writer – Welsh Connections/SWND Records, Director | Oystermouth Radio – Presenter]
Madcap Global Music’s SHEMUWEL takes to the stage at the 2021 Stonewall Pride Parade.
After a turbulent year of lockdown restrictions and cancelled events, the annual Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors Street Festival returns in 2021.
Two years ago, 40,000 party-goers packed the streets of Wilton Manors [Broward County, Florida] to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
Twelve months later, those same streets were deserted because of the coronavirus as the festival that celebrates the modern LBGT rights movement was cancelled.
Talking about the impact on the local economy that the cancellation had, Wilton Manors Commissioner, Paul Rolli said that the decision left a lot of unanswered questions for the bars and restaurants in the area, but there was a great deal of optimism with the return in 2021.
The festival costs over half a million dollars to stage, with half of that figure coming in from in-kind donations and the rest from cash.
This June, the star of the Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors Festival is Madcap Global Music’s Shemuwel who will be bringing his brand of R&B to the stage to entertain an expected 20-30,000 individuals with his hits ‘Feel The Power’ & ‘Gotta Fly’.
The parade starts at 3pm and for the next 90 minutes the crowds will be wowed by floats and entertainers strutting their stuff. Throughout the day there will be other entertainment from DJs as well as hundreds of stalls, exhibitions and food vendors to make this an exceptional and unforgettable day out.
Shemuwel said that it’s important to him to perform at the festival to celebrate and champion the LGBT movement of today and for all those that had gone before to make it possible.
Stonewall Pride Parade & Street Festival 2021 takes place in Wilton Manors (Florida, USA) on Saturday 19 June.
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