Year-long Series of Events are Scheduled

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Centennial Celebration preparations for the City of Fort Lauderdale’s 100th birthday next year are underway and residents are invited to be part of the rich cultural history and participate in a series of events. The Centennial Celebration Committee, comprised by a group of volunteers and led by former Mayor and U.S. Congressman E. Clay Shaw, has organized multiple projects and initiatives to commemorate this historic milestone.

Upcoming events include:


* November 23 – Light Up the Beach, the Official Centennial Opening Ceremony. A festive celebration starts at 6:30pm on AIA and Las Olas Boulevard will feature the debut of the grand Centennial illuminated fixture and the lighting of the holiday street decorations.
* December 9 – Unveiling of the Official Centennial Poster showcasing internationally renowned 3-D Pop Artist and Official Centennial Artist, Charles Fazzino. The invitation-only event, sponsored by Nova Southeastern University, will be held at The Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale.
* December 10 – The Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale will showcase 3-D Pop Artist Charles Fazzino’s exhibit entitled “Faces of Fort Lauderdale.” The exhibition, sponsored by Nova Southeastern University, celebrates the 2011 City of Fort Lauderdale Centennial Celebration, is open to the public and runs through Jan. 9, 2011.
* December 11 – Seminole Hardrock Winterfest Boat Parade. The Official Centennial Showboat, sponsored by The Clydey Foundation, leads the spectacular parade and features a full Cirque Show on top
* December 19 – Christmas Pageant, First Baptist Church
* December 31 – Centennial Downtown Countdown


* January 1 – Every infant born at Holy Cross Hospital and Broward General Medical Center during 2011 will go home in style in a specially designed Centennial on site
* January 14 – Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
* January 15 – Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club Bubble Que & 100th Birthday Celebration
* January 28 – First Baptist Church Centennial Breakfast
* January 30 – Dr. Paul George Intracoastal Waterway Boat Tour
* March 4 – History Fair
* March 12 – St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
* March 17 – Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast
* March 26 – Dr. George Bonnet House Tour
* March 27 – 100th Birthday Party celebrating the incorporation of the City of Fort Lauderdale. The City will host a one-of-a-kind event featuring music, entertainment and activities for the entire family along Downtown’s Riverwalk.
9:00 a.m. Dr. Paul George Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Fort Lauderdale
11:30 a.m. Dr. Paul George Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Fort Lauderdale
* May 28 – Great American Beach Party
* July 4 – Centennial Fourth of July Spectacular and commemoration of the historic Wade-In with the dedication of a marker on AIA and Las Olas Boulevard

The City will also present various history projects to preserve, recreate and promote Fort Lauderdale’s history through research, as well as spearheading several educational initiatives throughout 2011. Among the many events planned to pay tribute to the past century will be a series of traveling “centennial exhibits,” walking tours, state heritage markers and speaker presentations.

The Centennial Committee invites neighborhood, community and nonprofit groups to register their events as part of the year-long citywide celebration and be part of the historic anniversary.

Residents are also encouraged to participate in the Centennial by sending their historic photos of unique Fort Lauderdale memories to

To learn more about the Centennial Celebration, visit the City of Fort Lauderdale’s web site at or call the Centennial Celebration Committee staff liaison, Shannon Vezina, at (954) 828-4743.