FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – On Saturday evening, over 2,500 people will take to the streets of Wilton Manors for a walk honoring community members lost to HIV/AIDS, and to gather at a rally supporting the cause.
Led by comedienne Wanda Sykes and RuPaul’s Drag Race lead judge Michelle Visage, the Broward House walk will commemorate World AIDS Day.
Now in its fourth year, the walk has become one of the largest candlelight celebrations in the country. Last year’s walk was led by comedienne Margaret Cho.
Participants will line up starting at 6:30 pm at Hagen Park, 2020 Wilton Drive, behind Wilton Manors City Hall. After a brief introduction from the organizers, participants will step off from the curb exactly at 7:00 pm. They will trek along NE 20th Street and finish in the parking lot of the Pride Center of South Florida, 2040 Dixie Highway, where the rally will take place.
Sheriff Al Lamberti approved BSO’s aviation division to fly over the walking route as participants line up for the walk. The planes will light the route as walkers make their way down Wilton Drive. Businesses along Wilton Drive have been asked to drape their windows or decorate them in red in support of World AIDS Day.
South Florida, particularly Broward County, still holds the dubious honor of leading the nation in new HIV infections — Miami-Dade County ranks second.
This walk acts not only as a remembrance, but also a reminder that the virus is still active, people are still being infected at alarming rates, there still is no cure, and that people are still dying daily.
For more information on the World AIDS Day walk, visit the event’s Facebook page.