Sistrunk Historical Festival, Inc.
(“Sistrunk”) was founded in 1979 by the City of Fort Lauderdale
and the Northwest Business Association in an effort to initiate economic redevelopment in a low socio-economic community. The event began as a two-day festival and, within the first twelve years, the event had attracted over 350,000 people.
Sistrunk provides year-round cultural programming in the City of Fort Lauderdale, promoting Broward County and the South Florida region. The organization's targeted audience includes families wishing to educate and entertain their youth, local residents of other ethnic origins, and tourists who wish to learn about the diversity within our communities. The organization has taken arts-in-centers in low socio-economic communities, and collaborations with other ethnic organizations continue to be a focus of this organization.