Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Marshall Madness

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ABOVE: Cheryl Hawkes and SuZie have been named Community Grand Marshals for St. Pete Pride. Image from Cheryl Hawkes Facebook.

St. Pete Pride has announced the Grand Marshals for this year’s St. Pete Pride Parade following open nominations and an online community vote.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Rock the vote

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Voting for St. Pete Pride’s 2018 Grand Marshals has officially begun.

“Being named a Grand Marshal of the St. Pete Pride Parade is among the highest honors bestowed by the Tampa Bay LGBTQ community,” St. Pete Pride notes. “Individuals and organizations nominated for Grand Marshal have made significant achievements for LGBTQ rights and have made considerable contributions to the LGBTQ community at large.”

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Tampa Pride announces 2018 grand marshals, grand couple and award recipients

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Tampa | Tampa Pride has announced the event’s 2018 grand marshals, grand couple and community award recipients ahead of their fourth annual celebration.

Former Tampa Police Department Chief Jane Castor spearheaded the list of grand marshals, with the organization touting her decisive leadership which endured for her 31-year career. Castor was the first woman to lead the Tampa Police Department, and has previously served as a grand marshal.

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And your 2017 St. Pete Pride Grand Marshals are…

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Just as in the last few years, St. Pete Pride gave the responsibility of choosing the 2017 St. Pete Pride Grand Marshals over to the people, and this year you did not disappoint.

After counting up all of the votes, St. Pete Pride announced the winners at a ceremony earlier this month.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Mary’s, Monet and Marshals

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That Mary sure does get around

The glitz and glam are heading to Brandon with the opening of a new Hamburger Mary’s restaurant on Town Center Blvd. The new drag stop is set to announce its opening date in the upcoming weeks.

Employee interviews took place on Feb. 14 and 15 and the finishing touches are underway. Before you know it, crowds will be strutting into this new location for fabulous food and a drag queen extravaganza. The building is painted a bright shade of purple showcasing its flamboyant roots and nightclub vibe. This marks the seventh Florida location, and the fourth opened by Mary’s King of Queens, Kurt King. Events will be posted soon so don’t forget to keep an eye out for Drag Queen Bingo and MaryOke! Karaoke nights. Will Hamburger Mary’s be the new LGBT hotspot in Brandon?

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Eyes on us: Eric Skains and St. Pete Pride bid to bring World Pride to Tampa Bay in 2022

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Florida’s largest Pride celebration is back and turning the volume up for the world to hear as it takes over the streets of the Grand Central District June 24-26.

While St. Pete Pride will be pulling off another celebration on the gulf coast, they will also have their eyes on 2022. The year will mark the 20th anniversary of St. Pete Pride and is the year they are bidding on World Pride.

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St. Pete Pride announces the grand marshals for the 2016 Pride parade

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st. pete pride grand marshals 2016St. Petersburg – St. Pete Pride announced the 2016 grand marshals for the 14th annual St. Pete Pride Parade at a kick-off event at Enigma Bar & Lounge April 19.

After holding an open selection process during the month of March in which the community voted for their grand marshals, three individuals and one organization were selected.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Tampa Pride’s celebrity

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Tampa Pride snags its celebrity
With about a month to go, details for Tampa Pride are starting to come in and get finalized. After last year’s huge success when 40,000+ attendees filled the streets in Ybor the pressure is on to try and be bigger and better. Tampa Pride held there Miss Tampa Pride pageant and selected their queen. The grand marshals have been plunked from the community – Fox 13 News morning anchor Russell Rhodes and CEO of Metro Wellness & Community Centers Lorraine Langlois – and now we have our celebrity grand marshal, photographer and designer Mike Ruiz. You might remember Ruiz from Logo’s reality series The A-List, or his appearances on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, America’s Next Top Model and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Ruiz has also been recognized and praised for working to help LGBT homeless youth.

There be Mormons outside this theater
One of Broadway’s biggest hits, the Book of Mormon, paid a visit to the bay area and had a sold out run Feb. 16-21 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. If you were lucky enough to get a chance to see the show, you probably noticed something charming occurring right outside the theater. A group of well mannered, clean cut, real life Mormons! That’s right, the light hearted Latter Day Saints were parked outside saying “Hello!” to guests as they entered the show. Unlike many conservative, religious groups who would set up camp with picket signs and yell out ignorant chants, these young lads hung out Two by Two with a sign that read, “have your picture taken with the real thing.” They smiled, they shook hands and they talked with anyone about anything without pushing any agenda, only talking about the All-American Prophet and handing out the Bible Part 3, if you so wanted to. They even hung out after the show, asked theater goers if they had a good time and enjoyed themselves and never once condemned anyone to a Spooky Mormon Hell Dream. Well done boys.

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Road to Tampa Pride begins with grand marshals announcement, Miss Tampa Pride pageant

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In the midst of preparing for the 2016 Miss Tampa Pride pageant, festival organizers issued a press release announcing the names of the parade’s grand marshals Jan. 13.

Lorraine Langlois, CEO at Metro Wellness and Community Centers, and Russell Rhodes, FOX TV 13 Morning Anchor for “Good Day Tampa Bay,” will be the grand marshals for Tampa Pride 2016.

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Tampa Pride announces plans for 2016

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Tampa Pride has released information on the much anticipated parade and street festival that will invade Ybor City in March 2016.

While information on grand marshals and celebrity entertainment will not be available until after the New Year, they have released the names of the 2016 Pride board members and several events leading up to Tampa Pride March 26, 2016.

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A night parade and separate street festival bring global message to St. Petersburg

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St. Petersburg – If you think you know St. Pete Pride, you don’t. The 12th inception of the annual LGBT Pride event has a new look, a new feel and a new schedule in 2014.

While St. Pete Pride continues to honor the anniversary of the New York Stonewall Riots that started it all in 1969 the last weekend of the month—June 27-29—that’s all that remains the same as in years’ past.

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