Deborah Cox talks “The Bodyguard,” Whitney Houston and returning for St. Pete Pride

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Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist Deborah Cox says she’s excited to be back in Tampa Bay for “The Bodyguard,” having performed in the area on other tours and for St. Pete Pride celebrations.

The show’s first U.S. national tour, based on the 1992 hit film of the same name starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, is a high-energy musical playing at the Straz Center until March 25. It follows the tale of Cox’s superstar Rachel Marron, whose bodyguard Frank Farmer (played by television’s Judson Mills) is hired to protect her from an intense stalker.

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman issues Transgender Day of Visibility Proclamation

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St. Petersburg | Mayor Rick Kriseman issued a proclamation on March 8 declaring March 31, 2018 as the city’s Transgender Day of Visibility.

Transgender Day of Visibility is “a holiday which celebrates transgender representation, activism, and equality,” St. Pete Pride’s statement on the proclamation reads. “The mayor honored this international holiday locally because he felt it was crucial to honor the bravery of the many transgender individuals who live, work, or play in their authentic gender in the Sunshine City.”

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St. Pete Pride offers latest, greatest Taste of Pride

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St. Petersburg | Area foodies, beer connoisseurs and art enthusiasts will gather on March 3 at the Coliseum to celebrate St. Pete Pride’s annual Taste of Pride event.

The organization promises a wide variety of options to “overjoy your palate,” with a “unique culinary experience that offers something for everyone.” Attendees will be treated to live entertainment, with unforgettable drag performances and exhibits from area artists.

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Pride Marches On: St. Pete Pride celebrates diversity in the ‘Burg with a year of firsts

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ST. PETERSBURG – After all the controversy over the changes St. Pete Pride brought this year, it all seemed to be put aside for Pride weekend as thousands gathered along Bayshore Drive for the city’s first Pride parade downtown.

The Pride parade, the largest in the state, began with the first ever TransPride March along the parade route. More than 500 participants walked, starting from the end of the official parade route at Albert Whitted Park to the parade’s starting point at Vinoy Park, as watchers waved trans flags and shouted support to those walking.

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St. Pete Pride kicks off on the roof of Hotel Zamora

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St. Pete Pride had their kickoff party atop the amazing Hotel Zamora at St. Pete Beach June 22.

The packed rooftop was filled with St. Pete’s most beautiful people as they drank, danced and mingled under a cloudy, yet rainbow-filled sky.

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Kriseman raises the Pride flag at City Hall and Crist recognizes Pride in House

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For the fourth year in a row, St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman sent the rainbow Pride flag up the flagpole in front of City Hall June 22, bringing in start of St. Pete Pride weekend.

This is the fourth year in a row that Kriseman has acknowledged the LGBTQ community of St. Pete with this ceremony.

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As St. Pete Pride celebrates its 15th Anniversary, we look back on how it all got started

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It may surprise a lot of people outside of the Tampa Bay area, but St. Pete Pride is the largest Pride celebration in the state of Florida. They obtained that title in 2006 and continued to grow, welcoming more than 100,000 people in St. Petersburg the last weekend of June in 2012, then nearly a quarter of a million in 2015.

This year, St. Pete Pride continues to grow and expand with Pride splitting the parade from the street festival in the Grand Central District and moving the route to downtown St. Petersburg along Bayshore Drive. More than a dozen events will be happening in the days and weeks leading up to Pride weekend, this year happening June 23-25, and more people than ever before are expected to attend these events all over Pinellas County.

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St. Pete Pride draws huge crowds to celebrate and remember

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St. Pete Pride carried a message of “never forget, always celebrate” as the city of St. Petersburg came together for its annual Pride week June 22-26.

With the events of Orlando only a few weeks behind us, the entire community seemed intent on remembering the victims of the shooting and honoring them while continuing on the tradition of Pride and carrying on the message.

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

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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.

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St. Pete Pride puts chic on display at Macy’s Pride in Fashion show

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The sun may have been beating down outside, but the heat had nothing on the sizzle in Macy’s at the Tyrone Square Mall June 23 when St. Pete Pride brought on the fashion at their Pride in Fashion event.

The crowd was sent into sensory overload as the sexiest models in the bay area strutted on the runway in the best of Macy’s summer outfits with the sickest beats playing.

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St. Petersburg mayor raises rainbow flag at City Hall in celebration of Pride

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St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman raised the Pride Flag above City Hall June 23 for the third year in a row to signify the start of St. Pete Pride in downtown.

More than a hundred people gathered at the flagpole as Kriseman, local officials and Equality Florida’s executive director Nadine Smith launched the Pride Flag into the sky.

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Stonewall Reception kicks off a week of Pride in St. Pete

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St. Pete Pride officially got started with the Stonewall Reception at the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg on June 22.

The event was a who’s who of Tampa Bay figures including St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman, Largo commissioner Michael Smith, Florida House hopeful Jennifer Webb and former state Governor (and next Congressman?) Charlie Crist. 

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