St. Pete Pride

The St Pete Pride Parade is an annual event held on the streets of downtown St Petersburg. Organized by St Pete Pride, Inc, the parade is held to support the culture and advancement of the LGBTQ Community of Tampa Bay and throughout Florida. One of the largest and most distinguished in the country, the Pride Parade is celebrated for its’ advocacy of Gay Rights and building a community of support for all involved.

St Petersburg Florida is known nationwide for the annual LGBTQ Pride festival held every year on Grand Central Avenue. Beginning as an outgrowth of the Greater Tampa Bay Area Pride Festival, St Pete Pride's first event was held in June of 2003. St Petersburg City Council proclaimed “the Month of June as St Petersburg Pride Month in the City and ask all citizens to take pride in the diversity of our community.” St Pete Pride Celebration was inaugurated by Brian Longstreth & Ellen Lovett, and took place June 21-29th, with some events extending to the 3rd of July. Promotional items for the event explained the symbols and reasons for Gay Pride, the events being held throughout the city, and gave thanks individuals for their support in organizing.

Since the inaugural event, St Pete Pride has grown to become the most widely celebrated pride festivals, and in 2017 the first to honor Transgender rights. Each year since 2003, the Pride festival has grown and continued to spread recognition for LGBTQ Human Rights, issues, and community diversity. As the event spread awareness of LGBTQ rights, more state representatives began to send their support letters to be included in the Pride Guide. By 2010, representatives Rick Krisemen and Charlie Justice, of the House and Senate respectively, had their letters included in the Pride Guide celebrating the spirit of the movement for diversity and inclusivity. The event encourages a cooperative of public and private interests, allowing the city to grow in both economic and cultural means. They aim to promote a healthy atmosphere of acceptance among all people, regardless of race, gender, or sexuality.

The USF Library archive holds many pieces of LGBTQ materials, donated from St Pete Pride Inc, the organization behind the event. Working within the spirit of St Pete Pride to further the LGBTQ community, USF holds an initiative for LGBTQ studies. The boxes hold photography, items, and printed booklets, documenting the history of this growing and influential event.

Images

Pride Attendee, '00.

Pride Attendee, '00.

Pride attendee showcases' outfit adorned with pins and buttons relating to LGBTQ community. | Source: photo courtesy: USF Special Collections Archive, LGBTQ Initiative. Rex Maniscalco collection, box 2. View File Details Page

Tampa Pride Flag

Tampa Pride Flag

Tampa Pride banner flag, '99 Tampa Pride celebration. | Source: photo courtesy: USF Special Collections Archive, LGBTQ Initiative. Rex Maniscalco collection, box 1. View File Details Page

Proclamation of St Petersburg City Council, June 2003.

Proclamation of St Petersburg City Council, June 2003.

St Petersburg City Council's proclamation of June as Pride Month, 2003. The notice was included in the official Pride Guide. | Source: St Pete Pride Guide, 2003. View File Details Page

True Expressions banner, St Pete Pride parade

True Expressions banner, St Pete Pride parade

Parade marchers carry True Expressions banner. | Source: photo courtesy: USF Special Collections Archive, LGBTQ Initiative. Rex Maniscalco collection, box 1. View File Details Page

Horse-drawn Float

Horse-drawn Float

Parade goers riding a horse-drawn float during first years' parade. | Source: photo courtesy: USF Special Collections Archive, LGBTQ Initiative. Rex Maniscalco collection, box 1. View File Details Page

Parade attendee's

Parade attendee's

Parade attendee's outside during events. | Source: photo courtesy: USF Special Collections Archive, LGBTQ Initiative. Rex Maniscalco collection, box 1. View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

J. W. Rae, “St. Pete Pride,” Tampa Historical, accessed February 19, 2019, http://tampahistorical.org/items/show/48.

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