Just last year, Pride in St. Petersburg brought a quarter of a million people to the city. There were more than 7,000 participants in the parade and more than 200 festival vendors. This means that the support of the LGBT community in the Tampa/St. Pete area was overwhelmingly positive and present, and this year is expected to be even bigger. St. Pete Pride 2019 kicks off Friday, June 21st and ends with a bang on June 23rd.
There are a few area events happening before the festival officially kicks off, so if you wanted to head to town early, be sure to check out the Pride Kick-Off Party on June 19th. It’ll be from 7-10pm and is completely free! On the 20th, there’s the Stonewall St. Pete Pride Reception for all the art enthusiasts, which will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts and will feature an open bar and hors d’oeuvres.
Then, officially, there’s the SP2 concert on Friday evening, which is the first of two. Lisa Loeb will headline the June 21st show at North Straub Park and general admission is free! On Saturday, June 22nd, Rita Ora will headline the second festival concert, and that one is also free! For both shows, VIP tickets are available and offer unique perks for each artist. The three-day event is packed full of exciting and varied events for guests. There’s a street food and craft beer festival within the festival on the 21st; there’s the Pride Gayla on the 21st, which calls for your jazziest clothes and shiniest shoes; there’s even a Pride WOD for all the fitness junkies faciliated by CrossFit St. Pete. The Pride WOD is free, but participants can donate $20, which will benefit the non-profit organization Family Resources.
The biggest Pride event is perhaps the final-day street festival on Sunday, June 23rd. It’s expected to draw tens of thousands of people and will be the largest community event of the season. It’s open for all and will feature live performances, entertainment, arts and crafts, vendors, and of course, great food! The street festival will be from 11am to 5pm at the Grand Central District. If you’re traveling to the city for Pride and looking for accommodations, Hilton has great hotels to suit every budget and need. The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront is conveniently located in downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront district. The Hampton Inn & Suites St. Petersburg/Downtown is also in a great location and offers free hot breakfast and complimentary high-speed WiFi.
The mission of St. Pete Pride is to “promote unity, visibility, self-esteem and a positive image of and among the LGBT community of Tampa Bay by way of cultural and educational programs and activities.”