PHOTOS: Protest at Pulse after trial verdict

By : Maia Monet
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After Noor Salman was found not guilty on all charges today, protesters made their feelings on the verdict known at Pulse. As cars passed by honking their support, the protesters stood stoically and silently carrying signs that read “We will not let hate win.”

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PHOTOS: Manatee Pride celebrates its fifth year

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Bradenton | The Manatee Pride Festival held its fifth annual LGBTQ pride event on March 17 at the Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion.

New and returning vendors surrounded the event’s main stage, allowing attendees the perfect view of the event’s performers. Entertainment included area favorites like Divine AF, an ensemble from The Players Centre for Performing Arts, Beneva Fruitville and Johnny Sparks.

Darwin’s Brewery and Tap Room once again provided the signature Manatee Pride beer, event sponsor CAN Community Health offered free health screenings and Watermark was on hand to help celebrate. You can check out some of our photos below.

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PHOTOS: Tampa Pride 2018

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Tampa | The 4th annual Tampa Pride occured March 24 in all its glory on the streets of Ybor City. Leading things off in the morning was the Festival Marketplace on the campus of Hillsborough Community College Ybor. Filled with vendors, artisans, churches and theater groups, there was a lot to take in and enjoy for the rainbow-bedazzled public greatly enjoying the perfect early spring weather.

The action shifted in the afternoon to the Diversity Parade led by Grand Marshals Rev. Jakob Hero-Shaw, Jane Castor and Christopher Sean. As the parade participants slowly made their way down 7th Ave. through the heart of Ybor City, they were met by thousands of cheering people dressed-to-express their LGBTQ pride and waving rainbow as well as transgender pride flags. Watermark was lucky enough to have a float in the parade and capture some of the sights for your viewing pleasure. Check out our pics after the jump below.

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PHOTOS: Project No Labels kicks off Tampa Pride at City Side Lounge

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Tampa | Project No Labels helped kick off Tampa Pride on March 23 at a transformed City Side Lounge for the group’s first Pride Legacy Awards.

The awards highlight local leaders, individuals and businesses who dedicate themselves to the LGBTQ community through time and/or resources. The night was hosted by area favorite Mayven Missbehavin’ and featured food from local restaurants, free shots from Tito’s Vodka and a wide array of entertainment.

Aerial artists, fire performers, vocalists and some of Tampa Bay’s best drag performers dazzled the crowd—and Watermark was on hand to help celebrate. You can check out some of our photos below.

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PHOTOS: The Florida Aquarium kicks off Tampa Pride

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Tampa | The Florida Aquarium hosted a Tampa Pride kickoff party on March 23, treating attendees to penguins, performances and pride.

Presented by Brier Grieves Insurance, the event featured an open bar with signature cocktails and began with full access to the aquarium’s many exhibits. Area favorite Stephanie Shippae performed, and the evening even included a special visit from the aquarium’s African penguins.

Watermark was on hand to help celebrate—and you can check out some of our photos below.

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Watermark Giveaway: Tickets to Spooky Empire!

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Spooky Empire, the ultimate weekend for horror fans, is coming to Orlando from April 6-8 and we are have MULTIPLE tickets to give away! Hosted at the Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive, you and a friend will be able to mingle with your favorite horror movie stars, check out the more than 200 vendors, buy collectibles and get a sneak-peak at upcoming horror films.

To enter, comment on this post and tell us the name of your favorite horror movie.

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Watermark Giveaway: Tickets to see Orlando Pride soccer!

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Are you a fan of our hometown Orlando Pride women’s soccer club? Would you like to see them in their home opener when they play Utah Royals FC? Well then you’re in luck, because Watermark has two tickets to give away to their match this Saturday, March 24!

To enter, comment on this post and tell us the name of your favorite Orlando Pride player.

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PHOTOS: WAVE Awards Party 2018 Central Florida

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The 2018 Central Florida WAVE Awards Party at Celebration Gardens was a star-studded event. Local dignitaries Patty Sheehan and Anna Eskamani attended along with entertainer Blue Star and the WAVE award winners. Providing the entertainment were Doug Bowser, Miss Sammy, Lacie Browning, Gidget Galore and the Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Color Guard. It was a chilly night, but the copious outdoor heaters, fire-pit and adult beverage offerings, kept everyone warm.

Check out the rest of the photos after the jump.

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PHOTOS: WAVE Awards Party 2018 Central Florida Step-and-Repeat

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Celebration Gardens was the site of the Watermark 2018 WAVE Awards Party for Central Florida. The “favorite” winners as voted by you, our readers, came out to be honored and mingle with their fans. Watermark was on hand to capture the special moment the awards were bestowed.

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PHOTOS: WAVE Awards Party 2018 Tampa Bay – Step and Repeat

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Watermark held our WAVE Awards party for 2018 in Tampa Bay at Hamburger Mary’s on March 8. Some of Tampa’s award winners and fans came out to celebrate with us and pose for our cameras.

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Watermark Giveaway: Tickets to see ‘The Bodyguard’ and meet star Deborah Cox

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The award-winning stage musical “The Bodyguard,” based on the hit film, is coming to the Straz Center in Tampa! The romantic thriller, packed with many of Whitney Houston’s greatest hits, tells the story of a superstar singer who falls in love with her ex-Secret Service agent-turned-bodyguard assigned to protect her from a stalker. Watermark is giving away two tickets to the March 20 performance along with a meet-and-greet with the star of the production, Deborah Cox.

To enter, comment on this post and tell us the name of your favorite Whitney Houston song. More details after the jump.

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PHOTOS: St. Pete gathers for Taste of Pride 2018

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St. Petersburg | 500 area foodies, beer connoisseurs and art enthusiasts gathered on March 3 at the Coliseum to celebrate the return of St. Pete Pride’s Taste of Pride.

Local restaurants, bars and breweries offered some of their best samplings, with attendees weighing in on their favorites to award the inaugural Taste of Pride (TOP) Award to the Flying Boat Brewing Company. Following their favorite feasts, guests were treated to outstanding drag performances by Kori Stevens, Kenya Black, Chanel P. Cartier, Nicole T. Lane and PheYonce Montrese, with music from DJ L. Mo.

Watermark was on hand to join in on the dining and dancing, and you can check out our photos below. For more information about St. Pete Pride’s other upcoming events, click here.

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