PHOTOS: St. Pete Pride parties on the rooftop at the Kimpton Hotel Zamora

By : Jake Stevens
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St. Petersburg | St. Pete Pride kicked off its 16th year of festivities on top of the Kimpton Hotel Zamora at St. Pete Beach June 21.

Pride-goers drank and danced the night away against panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Intercoastal Waterway, and Watermark was on hand to help celebrate. You can check out some of our photos below.

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PHOTOS: St. Petersburg raises Pride Flag for fifth year

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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St. Petersburg | The city of St. Petersburg once again shared its commitment to the LGBTQ community by raising the Pride flag above City Hall June 21.

Community leaders and advocates gathered for the short ceremony, led by Mayor Rick Kriseman. “This is the fifth time that we have raised the rainbow flag above City Hall,” the mayor began, “and each time  that we have done so has been special.”

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St. Petersburg celebrates sixteen years of Pride

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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St. Pete Pride drew 220,000 people to St. Petersburg for its weekend-long celebration last year, around 40,000 short of the Sunshine City’s entire population.

As any event of its size would, particularly one so intrinsically tied to the community it serves, the organization’s 15th year faced its fair share of cheers and jeers. For the first time in its history, the St. Pete Pride parade was held in downtown St. Petersburg rather than in the city’s Grand Central District.

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Police investigating homophobic threats made against St. Pete Pride

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ST. PETERSBURG | The St. Petersburg Police Department is investigating threats made against this weekend’s St. Pete Pride Festival and its attendees.

The threats were allegedly made on social media by a Facebook user listed as Jimmy Hutmaster. Authorities were alerted immediately by area local Ryan Menke, Tampa Bay’s ABC affiliate reported June 20.

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St. Pete Pride names Luke Blankenship as new executive director

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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St. Petersburg | St. Pete Pride announced via press release May 16 that Luke Blankenship will serve as the organization’s new executive director following his role as interim executive director.

“Following an extensive nation-wide search, where over 60 resumes were considered, Luke Blankenship has been named as the Executive Director of St Pete Pride, Inc.,” the organization announced, detailing the hiring process which began in January.

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

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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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 votes to hold 2018’s street festival in Grand Central District

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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St. Petersburg | St. Pete Pride has voted to hold 2018’s street festival in the Grand Central District following a presentation made to the Grand Central District Association (GCDA) in which they reviewed the cost analysis of holding the Pride staple downtown.

Of the six-person vote, which was held Jan. 9, five voted in favor of holding the event in the Grand Central District, while one meeting attendee abstained. It was held just four days after interim Executive Director Luke Blankenship gathered with the GCDA in the name of “dialogue and transparency,” he says.

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