ST. PETERSBURG – St. Pete Pride, Florida’s largest Pride event, is embracing its hip, young vibe this year by becoming only the fifth destination in the country to feature a night-time parade.
The three-day event, which is expected to draw some 125,000 participants, is a colorful festival featuring art, music and performances of all kinds at locations throughout the area. The highlight of the celebration is the LGBT Pride Parade, a lively, all-inclusive promenade featuring representatives from all corners of the community, from GLBT-specific organizations to local museums to groups representing some of the biggest brands in America, including Chase Bank, Honeywell and Walgreen’s.
The parade, which runs through the heart of the area’s gay nexus - St. Pete’s Grand Central District - will start at sunset on Saturday, June 28. A block party and street exhibition will round out the weekend on Sunday, June 29 in the Grand Central District.
Also adding to this year’s excitement is the opening later this summer of the area’s first-ever GLBT Welcome Center, a 1920s-era craftsman style home that was saved from demolition and relocated to the heart of the Grand Central District.
“This is a big step forward for the GLBT community, and truly puts the destination on par with some of country’s top Pride celebrations,” said Eric Skains, director of St. Pete Pride, which is now in its 15th year.
Drag performer and producer Daphne Ferraro brings her smash hit multi-media drag extravaganza to St. Pete just in time for Pride weekend.
This show has packed houses throughout Central Florida and is a unique mix of comedy, history lesson and dazzling drag pageant. Daphne Ferraro will be joined by 10 of Florida’s top female impersonators including Bay Area favorites Crystle Chambers, Jaeda Fuentes, Chi Chi LaLique, Aspen Love, Sasha Santiago, Kathryn Nevets and many more.
Tampa Bay audiences have flocked to The Evolution of Drag and made it a sell-out at every venue. Ferraro’s production company has rented freeFall’s larger auditorium to accommodate audience demand, but warns her fans to get their tickets soon as this show is likely to sell out quickly.
“We’re thrilled to provide space for this exciting show,” said Matthew McGee, freeFall’s community outreach director, “This is going to be the perfect way to celebrate Pride weekend.”
The Evolution Drag comes to freeFall on Sunday June 29, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22. This presentation is not part of freeFall’s current season or Tandem Series. There are no member discounts and seating will be general admission.