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June 14, 2010 - City of Fort Lauderdale Celebrates 50th Anniversary of "Where The Boys Are"

Entertainment: Connie Francis

Music: Live bands performing classic hits from the 1950s and ‘60s including appearances by Lu White and the Hot Rods, the Fabulons, the Swing Sisters, the Cutback Surf Band and Tony Ferretti.

Sponsors: City of Fort Lauderdale, AutoNation, Maroone Auto Group, Coral Ridge Country Club, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, Majic 102.7 and the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale.

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino and submitted photos from City of Fort Lauderdale

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 City of Fort Lauderdale Celebrates 50th Anniversary

of "Where the Boys Are"
 
with Legendary Singer Connie Francis at Great American Beach Party
 
The City of Fort Lauderdale kicked off the 2010 Memorial Day weekend with the Great American Beach Party, featuring legendary singer Connie Francis, on Saturday, May 29. An estimated 25,000 people attended the event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the classic movie, Where the Boys Are, which made Fort Lauderdale an overnight sensation and a “must see” destination for visitors.
 
With the world famous Elbo Room as a backdrop, the City of Fort Lauderdale transformed A1A into an entertainment mecca, featuring live bands performing classic hits from the 1950s and ‘60s including appearances by Lu White and the Hot Rods, the Fabulons, the Swing Sisters, the Cutback Surf Band and Tony Ferretti.
 
More than 50 vintage automobiles from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s were on display along A1A, providing beachgoers with an up close look at the hot rods, rag tops and muscle cars that made the era famous. An array of family beach activities included a sand castle competition, hula-hoop, limbo and Twister contests.
 
When twilight arrived, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission made a special presentation to Connie Francis in recognition of her lifelong contributions as an ambassador of Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler dedicated the corner of Las Olas Boulevard and A1A as “Connie Francis Corner” and unveiled the first engraved paver in Fort Lauderdale’s Walk of Stars.
 
The highlight of the evening took place when Connie Francis stepped up to the microphone and indulged her beloved fans by performing her iconic hit “Where the Boys Are,” followed by a heart-warming salute to our military with her rendition of “God Bless America.”
 
As the sun set, thousands gathered in the sand to watch a special 50th Anniversary presentation of Where the Boys Are shown on a larger-than-life screen presented by the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.
 
Fort Lauderdale’s Great American Beach Party was sponsored by the City of Fort Lauderdale, AutoNation, Maroone Auto Group, Coral Ridge Country Club, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, Majic 102.7 and the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale. 

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