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FlockFest and its inflatable swans are returning to Fort Lauderdale beach

With nary a thought of making it a regular thing, some people gathered on Sebastian Street Beach in Fort Lauderdale with swan floats.

That was four years ago. Since then, the event that has come to be known as FlockFest has morphed into a multiday event.

“It started with a group of friends, 60 people, getting together for a nice day at the beach,” founder Steven Crawford writes in an email. “Each year, it grew bigger — word of mouth. This year, it’s an organized event with many sponsors and benefiting a nonprofit, Renand Foundation.”

FlockFest will take place June 28-July 1 and feature the following events:

• On Thursday, June 28, the kickoff party will take place at Georgie’s Alibi, 2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. The time has not been announced yet. There is no cover charge.

• On Friday, June 29, a VIP Appreciation Party for VIP ticket holders will be held from 7 to 10 p.m at the Grand Resort and Spa, 539 N. Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale.

• On Saturday, June 30, the main event, in which people take to the water in swan floats, will run from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. at Sebastian Street Beach (located between Sebastian and Castillo streets on A1A). An afterparty will begin at 7 p.m. at Georgie’s Alibi.

• Finally, on Sunday, July 1, a T-Dance party will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at Flip-Flops Dockside Eatery, 3051 NE 32nd Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. There is no cover charge.

Crawford says that while the VIP area tickets are sold out, he is organizing an area outside the VIP tent where people can give a donation and get some FlockFest swag. Because it’s South Florida, a DJ will be spinning. And don’t worry about inflating your float: There will be an inflate-your-swan station, as well, for a donation.

“Again, I want everyone to have a fun day at the beach, while giving exposure to local sponsors and charities,” Crawford adds. “It’s a great event for the city.”

The Fort Lauderdale-based Renand Foundation helps at-risk families in Haiti.

For more information, go to FlockFest.com.

rhagwood@southflorida.com

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