St. Pete Pride 2013 lures approximately 125,000 to Central Avenue

By : Steve Blanchard and Susan Clary
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Heavy rains and rumbles of thunder couldn’t dampen spirits at St. Pete Pride June 29. The 11th annual promenade and street festival brought in an estimated 125,000 people to the city’s Grand Central District, marking it as the largest festival in the city’s history and securing its status as the largest LGBT Pride event in the state.

“It’s just a little rain,” said Bennett King, who attended the festival with his boyfriend and a group of friends. “As long as the lightning stays away, I plan on being here all day long. At least it’s not hot like it has been in the past.

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