PHOTOS: WorldPride 2019 commemorates 50th anniversary of Stonewall

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Millions lined the streets of Manhattan June 30 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and celebrate WorldPride.

Organizers said that 150,000 people marched during the parade, which kicked off at noon at 26th St. and Fifth Ave. in the Chelsea neighborhood. The Gay Liberation Front, the cast of FX’s hit series “Pose,” UK Black Pride co-founder Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, The Trevor Project and Monica Helms, the transgender activist who created the trans Pride flag, served as grand marshals.

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PHOTOS: St Pete Pride’s 17th annual Pride Parade

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ST. PETERSBURG | Thousands gathered in downtown St. Petersburg for the 17th annual St Pete Pride Parade June 22.

The celebration began with the third annual TransPride March, which drew the largest amount of participants yet. Friends, families and floats filled Bayshore Dr. to honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and showcase St Pete Pride’s loudest and proudest year yet.

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PHOTOS: St Pete Pride Celebrates its Sweet 16

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ST. PETERSBURG | St. Pete Pride celebrated its 16th parade in style  June 23 along downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront.

The party officially began at 2 p.m. with fan-favorite entertainers Kori Stevens and Daphne Ferraro kicking off festivities in both North and South Straub Park, readying Pride-goers for the evening parade which began at 7 p.m. with the second annual TransPride March. Hot 101.5’s Miguel & Holly hosted the evening as friends, families and floats invaded Bayshore Dr. en masse.

Watermark was on hand to help celebrate St. Pete Pride’s Sweet 16 and you can check out some of our photos below.

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Tampa Bay photographer Nick Cardello on becoming “internet famous”

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TAMPA – Tampa Bay and occasional Watermark photographer Nick Cardello met his husband Kurt English 25 years ago. The two hit it off and the following year marched in Washington D.C.’s 1993 Equality March.

Jump forward 24 years: Cardello and English, married and still together, went to the March for Equality in Washington D.C. June 11 and recreated a photo they took that first march. Cardello posted a side-by-side of the two photos to his Facebook that night.

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Unity prevails at the June 11 Equality March on Washington D.C.

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By the time Sunday, June 11, rolled around in Washington, D.C., the weekend of celebration took a more political turn, as was planned.

“Shame! Shame! Shame!” hundreds of thousands screamed as they walked past the White House. The Human Rights Campaign and the ACLU were heavily present, and the pomp of a parade gave way to the circumstance of a march. That march ended up on the Washington Mall, where speakers screamed down history and screamed up civil rights.

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Capital Pride shines despite some intersectional hiccups

By : Billy Manes
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It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a week since this year’s Capital Pride riled up Washington, D.C., but seeing as we’re still sporting a sunburn and leftover inspiration, it probably shouldn’t be.

Capital Pride didn’t come without its hangups, though. The No Justice No Pride protesters – who directly and indirectly seek to shine a spotlight on some of the corporations supporting Pride that don’t necessarily support the full progressive platform – managed to re-route the parade, though police say they were prepared for that matter. In the end, the parade went on in full plumage.

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St. Pete Pride Festival sees huge crowds

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The St. Pete Pride street festival took place the day after the nighttime parade June 28.

The festival lined Central Ave. for six city blocks with over 350 exhibitors.

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