Come Out With Pride honors the 49 victims of the Pulse shooting at St. Pete Pride

By : Jeremy Williams
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St. Pete Pride had their annual Pride celebration in St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District June 25. This year, the parade actually began before the first float pulled onto the street.

Come Out With Pride, the organization that holds Orlando’s annual Pride event each October, sent representatives who marched in silence 17 minutes in advance of the march. The time was 10 seconds of silence for each of the 49 victims killed at the Pulse shooting and 10 seconds of silence for each of the 53 victims sent to the hospital.

“I was standing on the parade route and saw the Orlando people going through. To see the entire street of Central Avenue as [Come Out With Pride] walked with those signs, and the entire street to be silent, it was an amazing scene. I think you had to be there to witness it to get the full impact,” St. Pete Pride Executive Director Eric Skains says.

As Come Out With Pride marched down Central Avenue, they also carried with them 49 placards, each with a name of a victim who died at the club.

Photos by Todd Montgomery/ Hot Glass Photo.

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