More Than 100,000 Participants Expected for Celebration in St. Pete
St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (June 24, 2014) – St. Pete Pride, Florida’s largest Pride event, is embracing its hip, young vibe this year by becoming only the fifth destination in the country to feature a night-time parade.
The three-day event, which is expected to draw some 100,000 participants, is a colorful festival featuring art, music and performances of all kinds at locations throughout the area. The highlight of the celebration is the LGBT Pride Parade, a lively, all-inclusive promenade featuring representatives from all corners of the community, from LGBT-specific organizations to local museums to some of the biggest brands in America, including Chase Bank, Honeywell and Walgreen’s.
The parade starts with a block party at 5 p.m., then winds through the heart of the area’s gay nexus—St. Pete’s Grand Central District—starting at sunset on Saturday, June 28. A block party and street exhibition will round out the weekend on Sunday, June 29, in the Grand Central District.
“The St. Petersburg Pride celebration vibrantly showcases the diversity that enhances the quality of life in our community,” St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said. “Pride is a time to celebrate our city of opportunity where the sun shines on all who come to live, work and play.”
Also adding to this year’s excitement is the opening later this summer of the area’s first-ever LGBT Welcome Center, a 1920s-era craftsman style home that was saved from demolition and relocated to the heart of the Grand Central District. The Welcome Center will host a VIP reception on June 26 and offer tours throughout the Pride event.
“This is a big step forward for the LGBT community, and truly puts the destination on par with some of the country’s top Pride celebrations,” Director of St. Pete Pride, Eric Skains, said.
VSPC is the destination marketing organization for Pinellas County, Florida.