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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5th annual Manatee Pride to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day

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Bradenton | The Manatee Pride Festival will hold its fifth annual LGBTQ pride event on March 17 at the Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion.

“Attendance at Manatee Pride Festival is free and will again be at the Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion area,” the organization’s press release reads. “Manatee Pride is a fundraiser for Prism Youth Initiative, a private, non-profit community organization that has provided services and a safe and supportive center for LGBTQ Youth in Manatee County since 2010.”

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Manatee Pride does Bradenton proud

By : Jake Stevens
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The fourth annual Manatee Pride had a huge turnout at the Bradenton Riverwalk March 18.

Hundreds of people celebrated under clear skies with dozens of vendors, food trucks and entertainment from Flamingo’s drag performers to a youth group singing Broadway hits.

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Fourth Annual Manatee Pride to include new vendors, entertainment and signature beer

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BRADENTON – Manatee County is gearing up for its fourth annual Manatee Pride on March 18 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Bradenton Riverwalk.

“Manatee Pride is a family-friendly event,” Rick Dorociak, Prism Youth Initiative secretary and Pride entertainment/concessions coordinator, says. “There is something for everyone: music, food, beer, amazing vendors, and even a splash park.”

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Bradenton Riverwalk to hold Third Annual Manatee Pride

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Bradenton, Fla. – For those looking for a free, family-friendly event to celebrate the LGBT community, Manatee Pride is the place.

The third annual Manatee Pride will take place on Saturday, March 19, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Bradenton Riverwalk. Guests can take a stroll by the water, watch daredevils at the skate park, and see children at the playground and splash pad all while enjoying fun food and live entertainment.

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Manatee Pride makes big debut with 1,500 in attendance

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Jack Newton looked around Bradenton Riverwalk March 22 and was amazed. Not only by the size of the inaugural Manatee Pride, but the age range of those attending.

“I never knew there was such a community here,” Newton said as he browsed vendor booths. “I’m stunned, really. I would have never imagined all of this could happen here.”

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