PHOTOS: St Pete Pride’s 2019 Street Festival

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ST. PETERSBURG | St Pete Pride closed out its loudest and proudest year yet with the celebration’s annual Street Festival in the Grand Central District June 23.

Thousands browsed block after block of the beloved Gayborhood, enjoying entertainment and fantastic food surrounded by their community. The season’s largest community event truly delivered on St Pete Pride’s promise that there was something for everyone.

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PHOTOS: Lisa Loeb headlines St Pete Pride’s SP2 Concert

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ST. PETERSBURG | St Pete Pride’s 2019 SP2 concert was louder and prouder than ever June 21, welcoming singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb.

The annual fundraiser, benefiting St Pete Pride’s Community Grants Program, was hosted by Entertainment Director Kori Stevens. Ahead of Loeb’s headlining performance, crowds gathered at North Straub Park to celebrate with fan favorite entertainers like Divine AF and Jennifer Real.

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St. Petersburg extends bullying protections to LGBTQ youth

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ST. PETERSBURG | Mayor Rick Kriseman has extended the city’s anti-bullying policy in its youth programming to protect LGBTQ youth ahead of St Pete Pride 2019.

The City of St. Petersburg is committed to providing an environment for all youth that is safe, secure and free from harassment and bullying of any kind, officials shared June 21. The policy applies to any youth enrolled or participating in programs run or sponsored by the city.

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PHOTOS: St Pete Pride celebrates 2019 Stonewall Reception

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ST. PETERSBURG | St Pete Pride held its annual Stonewall Reception at the Museum of Fine Arts June 20, another fabulous gathering during its loudest and proudest year yet.

The must-attend evening was hosted by Miguel Fuller, Holly O’Connor and Scotty “The Body” of Hot 101.5’s “Miguel & Holly Show.” It honored this year’s grand marshals, sponsors and featured “The Art of Fashion,” also welcoming Mayor Rick Kriseman for a special announcement.

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PHOTOS: St Pete Pride 2019 kicks off at Sirata Beach Resort

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ST. PETERSBURG |St Pete Pride 2019 officially kicked off at the Sirata Beach Resort June 19.

The organization promised “an event like no other during the weekend” ahead of the gathering and St Pete Pride delivered. Attendees proudly dined, danced and drank throughout the 13-acre getaway, which recently completed its $15 million renovation, enjoying its coastal design and sweeping views.

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St Pete Pride announces VASSY as replacement headliner

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ST. PETERSBURG | St Pete Pride has announced that VASSY will replace Rita Ora as the inaugural After Parade Concert headliner on Saturday, June 22.

VASSY is a multi-platinum, award-winning international recording artist and songwriter, St Pete Pride shared June 17. She replaces British pop singer Ora, whose cancellation was announced June 8.

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Rita Ora cancels St Pete Pride performance

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ST. PETERSBURG | St Pete Pride announced June 8 that entertainer Rita Ora has canceled all upcoming tour dates, including her scheduled St Pete Pride performance Saturday, June 22.

Known for hits like “Your Song” and “For You” from “Fifty Shades Freed,” the British singer was scheduled to headline St Pete Pride’s inaugural After Parade Concert. While the concert was free, VIP tickets including options for a meet and greet with Ora were available for purchase.

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