By James Michaels
In just nine short years, St. Pete Gay Pride has become the largest gay pride event in the state of Florida with nearly 100,000 people expected to attend this year from around the country. The streets will be packed, the beaches will be packed and there will be plenty of opportunities to show your pride this weekend.
Within a relatively short amount of time, St. Pete Pride has grown into one of the largest Pride events in the southeast. What started as a few thousand native Floridians and a couple city blocks on Central Avenue has become an international attraction, spanning eight blocks and attracting tens of thousands of people.
St. Pete Pride weekend is more than just a few hours on the hot streets of Central Avenue and, of course, you don’t want to miss the Pride Prominade, but there is so much packed into four days (Thursday, June 23rd – Sunday, June 26th) of showing your pride to the world.
Official Pride Events
Thursday, June 23rd, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Stonewall Commemorative Reception at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive, N.E., St. Petersburg – The Stonewall Commemor-ative Reception is St. Pete Pride’s sponsor and friends’ reception. Fine food and beautiful art will be provided for those who have helped make St. Pete Pride a successful organization. Exhibitions on display will be “The Human Touch: Contemporary Art from the RBC Wealth Management Collection” and “New Folk: Contemporary Self-Taught Art from the Collection”.
Friday, June 24th, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Pride in Fashion at the Macy’s in Tyrone Square Mall, 6901 22nd Ave North, St. Petersburg. Join celebrity guests, including two-time Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir and Alexis Mateo, from RuPaul’s Drag Race. See the latest trends in fashion, including the famous Papi Underwear models and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and champagne provided by Barefoot Wine and Bubbly. Weir will also be on hand to autograph copies of his new autobiography “Welcome to My World.” A $10 suggested donation to the event is requested which Macy’s will return with a $10 gift card to be used on merchandise. All proceeds benefit St. Pete Pride.
Friday, June 24th starting at 9 p.m., Jagermeister Pre-Party at Georgie’s Alibi, 3100 3rd Ave N. in St. Petersburg. A night of fun with great music, special entertainment, drink specials, giveaways and more. Come out and kick-start the weekend fun. Included will be some of the stars of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Shangela, Alexis Mateo and the legendary Lady Bunny.
Saturday, June 25th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Pete Pride Street Festival & Promenade in the Grand Central District of Central Avenue between 21st and 28th Streets in St.
Petersburg. Don’t miss one of the best parties of the year in Tampa Bay and celebrate the diversity of St. Petersburg and Central Florida. Floats from organizations, clubs, social groups and businesses will be decked out in rainbow colors for the annual St. Pete Pride Promenade starting at 9 a.m. The parade will feature LGBT activist and founder of Metropolitan Community Church, Rev. Troy Perry, this year’s Grand Marshal and Alexis Mateo from RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Following the parade, vendors from across the state will line Central Avenue to celebrate their commitment to diversity.
Saturday, June 25th from 3 p.m. to midnight, Ice Party at the Postcard Inn on the Beach, 6300 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach. The best way to cool off after St. Pete Pride. A cool dip in the biggest pool on St. Pete Beach with hot bodies dumping cold ice on you. Or a frolic in the Gulf. Join D.J. Luis Perez and thousands of hot new friends on Postcard’s private beach for drinks, dancing, fireworks and more at the inaugural ICE Party. $20 Saturday Resort Pass required for admission.
Saturday, June 25th from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., Heatwave Party for Women at the Postcard Inn on the Beach 6300 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach. Girls know how to have fun too so the conference facility at Postcard Inn will be converted into a disco, complete with a huge (and incredibly romantic) second story deck overlooking the beautiful property and the Gulf of Mexico. $20 Heatwave Party ticket required for admission (additionally serves as your Resort Pass for admission to the Ice Party).
Sunday, June 26th from 2 p.m. to 3 a.m., Tropical T-Dance at the Flamingo Resort, 4601 34th Street in St. Petersburg. Come party around the pool for the hottest t-dance in town. Drink specials, drag queens, hot male strippers and the Florida sun ensure that the party never ends. Come dance the afternoon away at St. Pete Pride’s Official Closing Party.
Other Pride Events at the Flamingo Resort
June 24 to 27 at the Flamingo Resort, 4601 34th St. S. in St. Petersburg. No resort pass to buy to attend and plenty of extra parking. Come party around the pool for the hottest t-dance in town. Drink specials, drag queens, hot male strippers and the Florida sun ensure that the party never ends. Come dance the afternoon away at St. Pete Pride’s Official Closing Party.
Thursday, June 23 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Miss Flamingo Pride Contest at the Flamingo Resort, 4601 34th St. S in St. Petersburg, Come show your support for the Miss Flamingo Pride Contest. Winners get to ride in the Saint Pete. Pride Promenade the following day.
Friday, June 24th from 6 to 9 p.m., Flamingo Pride Kick-Off Party with the Double M Band performing live poolside.
Saturday, June 25th, ride the Flamingo Express from Flamingo Resort to their depot on Central Avenue and 28th Street ($1 each way) and see the St. Pete Pride Promenade then cool off at the largest pool party in Florida at Flamingo Resort. Deejays, drag shows, male dancers, food, drinks and fun.
Saturday, June 25th starting at 6:30 p.m. at Georgie’s Alibi, 3100 3rd Ave N. in St. Petersburg. Performing live will be Yara Sofia, Alexis Mateo and Lady Bunny. Sunday, June 26th, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Party at the Beach at the, Postcard Inn on the Beach 6300 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach. Deejays Jeffrey and CK keep the party going with all-day parties going. Sponsored by Outings and Adventure. The cost is $10.