There is no bigger Florida-based pride parade than St. Pete Pride, which draws in over 100,000 attendees every year. For more than 20 years, St. Pete Pride has expanded this once-simple promenade into a lineup of exciting events for all communities.
Some popular St. Pete Pride events you might enjoy are:
- Miss St Pete Pride: For the last 12 years, queens from all over Florida have competed for this revered title. Watch the most eccentric performers as they showcase stunning gowns and unique talents.
- Kick-Off Party: Prepare for the much-awaited parade by partying by the beach until sunrise. Enjoy renowned queer DJs and performances by some of Florida’s most famous queens. You can also shop from a wide variety of LGBTQ-owned kiosks for anything from jewelry to artwork, pottery, vintage clothing and delicious food in your goody bag!
- Queer-E-Okee: St Pete Pride’s latest addition is queer-led karaoke at The Palladium, hosted by former Queer Eye fashion expert and Ru Paul’s Drag Race judge Carson Kressley.
- Pride Run: Run or walk this scenic 5K course and get stunning views of St. Pete’s most beautiful parks alongside the loudest and proudest attendees.
Here are a few other major events you can enjoy during the St Pete Pride season:
Pride Bar Crawl
The Pride Bar Crawl is an event cocktail lovers shouldn’t miss. Get a custom pride badge with dozens of vouchers to some of St. Pete’s most popular queer-owned bars, and enjoy exclusive drink specials for one proud night!
Plus, a portion of the bar crawl’s boozy proceeds benefits the Trevor Project, the world’s largest LGBTQ-run crisis intervention center.
Taste Of Pride
Taking place across 20 restaurants, bars and breweries, Taste of Pride is a delectable feast for kings and queens. Attendees can vote on their favorite tasting menus and donate the winning proceeds to a chosen LGBTQ+ organization.
Not to mention, you’ll get to witness live art by some of the state’s most renowned creators and dance to an entire night of music.
Stonewall St Pete Pride Reception
No longer just a limited art show, the Stonewall St Pete Pride Reception is now a must-see in anticipation of Pride Week. Sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, the Stonewall Reception hosts an elegant fashion show, open bar, delicious food and a diverse blend of art.
Happening around the same time is the Stonewall Uprising Film Screening, which takes a look back at the 1969 Stonewall Inn raid, a pivotal event that launched the Gay Rights Movement. Allies and advocates will experience an examination of LGBTQ+ history unlike any other and even discuss the events with survivor Jay Chetney.
Learn more about St. Pete Pride and its supporting events!