More Than 175,000 Expected To Attend PrideFest in St. Pete This Weekend

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Florida celebrates the largest Pride celebration of the year this weekend in St. Pete. The 12th annual St Pete Pride Street Festival and Promenade will take place June 27-29.

This year’s theme, “Global Equality” was chosen by the community through an interactive Facebook poll. Pride Executive Director Eric Skains says “I feel this is a great theme for 2014. Pride is a movement that goes beyond our own boundaries, it's a global cause of liberation, commemoration, and celebration of the LGBT community.”

Organizers expect over 175,000 people to attend the weekend festivities, which will feature performances by Grammy Nominated Settle songwriter Mary Lambert. Lambert — whose vocals are featured on the gay-rights anthem “Same Love” with hip hop superstar Macklemore — have made her a household name among gay rights advocates as well as a crucial leader in dispelling negative misconceptions to LGBT youth.

Highlights include the annual parade, featuring more than 150 entrants, and is only one our of five in the nation to hold it’s event at nighttime. The block party kicks off at 5 p.m. on Saturday in the heart of the gay nexus, the historic Kenwood Neighborhood and Grand Central District.

This year grand marshals include Darden Rice, the first openly gay female to run for office in St. Petersburg, and Resource Development Manger for AIDS Service Association of Pinellas, Jay Aller.

On Sunday the St. Pete Pride Festival Street Fair will begin at 11 a.m. with free admission. More than 300 exhibitors will be present, with multiple stages and a variety of musical performers.

For more information visit StPetePride.com or Pride's official Facebook page at Facebook.com/StPetePride.


Greg Kabel

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