Florida’s Largest Pride Event Adds Night-Time Parade

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 8:49am

St. Petersburg/Clearwater, FL (May 27, 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 125,000 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 GLBT-specific organizations to local museums to groups representing some of the biggest brands in America, including Chase Bank, Honeywell and Walgreen’s. 

The parade, which runs through the heart of the area’s gay nexus---St. Pete’s Grand Central District---will start 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.

Also adding to this year’s excitement is the opening later this summer of the area’s first-ever GLBT Welcome Center, a 1920s-era craftsman style home that was saved from demolition and relocated to the heart of the Grand Central District.

“This is a big step forward for the GLBT community, and truly puts the destination on par with some of country’s top Pride celebrations,” said Eric Skains, Director of St. Pete Pride, which is now in its 15th year.

Click here for more information on the area’s GLBT offerings or check out a video highlighting the celebration.