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Your Guide for St. Pete Pride

The tenth annual St. Pete Pride Festival will be taking place this weekend. Stay up to date on all of the happenings and check out the crazy cool list of events that you can enjoy.

To celebrate its 10th year, St. Pete Pride’s lineup for 2012 is hosting a grand party this weekend in downtown St. Petersburg. Central Avenue’s Grand Central District plays host to what is now the largest gay pride festival in the state. Businesses, families and hundreds of vendors will gather this weekend to celebrate one thing: love.

Check out our list of pride events and decide how you will spend your time this weekend: 

Friday, June 29

  • Pride in Fashion- Macy’s at Tyrone Square Mall (6901 Tyrone Square) will be hosting a pre-pride fashion show. A $10 donation is suggested and donors will receive a $10 Macy’s gift card in return. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and champagne will be served. It all starts at 6 p.m.
  • Rock 4 Pride- This “gal” party is loaded with live music from Someday Souvenir and Rise of Saturn & Bedroom Set. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets are expected to sell out, so be sure to purchase yours in advance.
  • Jagermeister Pride Pre-Party- Georgie’s Alibi (3100 3rd Ave. N.) and Jagermeister will be hosting the official kick off party for St. Pete Pride 2012. Doors open at 9 p.m. and guests can expect live music, giveaways and drink specials. The event is free.

Saturday, June 30

  • Una Voce Pride Pancake Breakfast- Rise and shine (at 7 a.m.) for some coffee and pancakes at the King of Peace MCC (3150 5th Ave. N.). The cost is $6 and the meal is an all-you-can-eat serving. Get your fill before starting the day at this annual event. 
  • 10th Annual St. Pete Pride Street Festival- Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, vendors will line the streets of Central Avenue between 21st St. and 28th St. Parking is first come, first serve in the surrounding areas of 1st Ave. N. and 1st Ave. S. Live music, dancing, food and drinks will be available to the public. The event is free and due to the heat, sunscreen and light clothing is encouraged.
  • 10th Annual St. Pete Pride Promenade- The parade route starts at Georgie’s Alibi and continues through Kenwood and on to the Grand Central District. Floats, performers and 10 Grand Marshals are the highlight of this year’s pride parade. The march starts promptly at 9 a.m.
  • Gay, Straight Alliance Beach Party- High school and college students of the GSA will be hosting a beach party at Fort DeSoto park from 4 - 7 p.m. A $5 donation is suggested and parking fees may apply. Enjoy the view, play some games and indulge in some grub at the GSA’s prideful beach bash.
  • An Evening with Christine O’Leary- From 7 - 10 p.m. on Saturday night, funny gal Christine O’Leary will be performing her stand up act . The cost is $10 at the door. Enjoy libations from a cash bar while listening to one of the funniest ladies in the country.

How will you choose to spend your weekend of pride?

Bob Watson June 29, 2012 at 07:22 PM
GAWD!
Jack Sprat June 30, 2012 at 06:27 AM
Seems that if they want to be accepted as normal, they should start acting like they are. This is an embarrassing display of abnormality.
Gwen Thomas June 30, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Pride parades across our nation were initiated because of intolerance. Gay people have no choice to be gay, they do happen to be brothers, sisters, parents, uncles, aunts, best friends and an integral part of what makes up the good 'ole USA. Can you imagine what it would be like if being straight made you an outcast in society? That would feel 'abnormal' wouldn't it? If the Queen of England can have an elaborate diamond jubilee, why can't gay people have a parade. I hope its a beautiful one!
Gail Mueller June 30, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I live in the old northeast. I am a professional, pay taxes and would pass for any "sweet old lady" on the street. Is my presence at Pride a display of abnormality? I don't think so...Intolerance is a cancer in this society. God forgive you for your narrow mindedness.
kincade727 July 01, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Love Gail's comment: "Intolerance is a cancer is this society."
Jack Sprat July 02, 2012 at 02:50 PM
"At the beginning of America’s epidemic, AIDS primarily affected men who have sex with men (MSM). Today, MSM still account for around three-quarters of HIV diagnoses among male adults and adolescents and the rate of HIV diagnoses among MSM is more than 44 times that of other men. According to one study published by the CDC in 2010, one in five MSM in the 21 cities surveyed has HIV and almost half are unaware of their status.22 Gay and bisexual men of all races are the only group where new infections are rising every year and it is thought this rising number of new infections is due to an increasing number of MSM having unprotected sex. At the beginning of America’s epidemic, AIDS primarily affected men who have sex with men (MSM). Today, MSM still account for around three-quarters of HIV diagnoses among male adults and adolescents and the rate of HIV diagnoses among MSM is more than 44 times that of other men. According to one study published by the CDC in 2010, one in five MSM in the 21 cities surveyed has HIV and almost half are unaware of their status.22 Gay and bisexual men of all races are the only group where new infections are rising every year and it is thought this rising number of new infections is due to an increasing number of MSM having unprotected sex. http://www.avert.org/america.htm
Jack Sprat July 02, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Not wanting to see sexual proclivities flaunted in public is the new definition of "intolerance?" Perhaps they are celebrating another year of increased AIDS/HIV govt funding which cost those who pay taxes another $20,000,000,000 ($20 Billion) in 2010. Think of the number of poor people who might be fed with this funding. Read the facts here: http://www.avert.org/america.htm "Of all the industrialised countries in the world, America is home to the largest number of people living with HIV. Tens of thousands of people are newly infected with HIV in America every year and although infection rates have declined among injecting drug users, there has been an alarming increase among men who have sex with men." So, we should tolerate their sexual activities and continue funding their activities to the tune of $20 Billion a year? Really?
Jack Sprat July 02, 2012 at 03:27 PM
OK, let's assume that homosexual men have no choice. Do they have a choice whether to have unprotected sex with another man? Do they have the right to make a choice that costs taxpayers at least $20 Billion a year?
S. Ripley July 02, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Not to get into a statistical debate (as I am far too lazy to research the actual facts) - I wonder how much money is spent on the consequences of heterosexual activities? BTW- for those finding distaste in these events: by all means, feel free not to attend.
Jack Sprat July 02, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Is that the "two wrongs make it OK" logic?
S. Ripley July 02, 2012 at 03:55 PM
No logic at all. I simply aksed a question and made a suggestion.

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