New for 2014

For 2014, St Pete Pride Weekend will feature 3 days of Celebration!

Friday: 27-82, The Benefit Concert

“27-82″, a fundraising concert to support the LGBT community through the St Pete Pride Community Grants Program, takes place each June the Friday night of St Pete Pride Weekend in downtown St Petersburg, Florida. The concert features local and national performers, musicians, and bands.

Saturday: LGBT Pride Parade … at night!

Beads! Floats! and now… Lights! Florida’s largest LGBT Pride Parade will take place in St Pete’s Grand Central District beginning at sunset the last Saturday of June. More than 150 parade entries will roll down Central Avenue beginning at dusk, each lit with colorful lights delivering on an experience that’s just as unique as St Pete! … oh, and did we mention it’ll be the only night-time Pride Parade in Florida?

Sunday: Street Fest

The street festival aspect of the celebration will now be on Sunday, and will embrace celebratory aspects from all over the world. To maintain that same feel of having our friends march through the festival, we’ll incorporate a series of marches … Womyn’s March? Sure! Trans March? Of course! Live music, interactive exhibits and zones will await festival goers.

Why was this done?! Read some Q&A’s to hopefully answer all your questions!

Q. Why was this decision made?

A. This decision is a testament to the success of St Pete Pride. As the event has grown over the years so has the demand for space to accommodate the needs of those who attend. A dedicated day for each event will allow for expansion of areas in both events. Over the years, you will see family and health & wellness zones, history and arts exhibits, bleachers for parade viewing, a reviewing stand, barricades for safer viewing, and much more.

Q. How will this affect the Parade as a spectator?

A. It will grow your experience! Parade goers will no longer have to compete for viewing space with exhibitor’s tents making it easier to view the parade.  This allows for additional viewing spaces, and we anticipate more elaborate parade entries as organizations will have more time to decorate and build their entry.

Q. How will this affect the Festival as an attendee?

A. You’ll be able to spend more time learning about all the businesses and organizations that are a part of and support the Tampa Bay LGBT community without crowds pushing and shoving to view the parade. You’ll be able to enjoy more of the live music, eclectic foods, and unique vendors. And you’ll see expanded zones, such as health and wellness, family, and 18 and up areas, along with exhibits highlighting art and history.

Q. But why split it; why not rework it to keep both events on the same day?

A. Two days allows Pride Weekend to grow in to the future, developing St Pete Pride into a destination event for locals and visitors alike. A two day celebration creates a stronger impact on the Tampa Bay economy. And it allows attendees to enjoy more of each event separately.

Q. Why was a night time Parade chosen?

A. Throughout the year, Pride commissioned an extensive survey of Tampa Bay’s LGBT community. This included more than just those who attend Pride Weekend, but a true representation of the LGBT community at-large. Overwhelmingly, the community requested a cooler parade experience. Plus, being the only night-time Pride Parade in Florida is pretty cool!

Q. Will the parade route change?

A. We plan to keep the route the same. Plans are underway to work the local neighborhoods to ensure a bright, festive, and safe parade route for this change.

Q. How will we see the floats and parade walkers?

A. With lights! We’ll be encouraging all of our parade entries, floats and walkers, to deck themselves out with lights! To assist, we’ll be doing a couple of workshops for our parade participants on how to best showcase themselves so we can all see them!

Q. Will this be a safe venue for families and other parade goers?

A. Absolutely! We’ll be working with local groups as well as City officials to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those who attend. We’ll have designated “Safe & Sober Zones” that will ensure there’s an enjoyable experience for everyone in the community.

Q. Will there be added features to the Street Festival now that there’s no parade?

A. Yes! Over time, the new Street Fest will have a Family Zone featuring rides and games, a Health & Wellness Zone, live music on stage throughout the day, and a Trans Pride March and a Womyn’s March to celebrate our community’s unique diversity!

Q. What will the hours be?

A. For Saturday: Central Avenue will be shut down by 5pm, with the parade kicking off at sunset. For Sunday, the festival hours will be 11am to 6pm.