Tampa Pride kicks off 2019 fundraising, highlights Tampa mayoral candidates

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(L-R) Tampa Pride President Carrie West and Tampa mayoral candidates David Straz, Ed Turanchik, Jane Castor and Topher Morrison outline their vision for Tampa Nov. 17. PHOTO BY RYAN WILLIAMS-JENT

TAMPA | Tampa Pride held its first 2019 fundraiser at ZooTampa Nov. 17 to highlight the organization’s fifth year and introduce Tampa mayoral candidates Jane Castor, Topher Morrison, David Straz and Ed Turanchik.

“You’re just seeing the beginning of what our new Tampa Pride is going to be all about,” Tampa Pride President Carrie West shared with those gathered for Pride-Zoo-La, stressing the celebration’s climbing attendance. “We thought we’d have 10,000 our first year and had over 20,000. Our second year, we said we’ll have 20,000 and we had 30,000.

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PHOTOS: Tampa Pride gets wild for inaugural Pride-Zoo-La

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TAMPA | Tampa Pride kicked off fundraising for its fifth year with the organization’s inaugural Pride-Zoo-La at ZooTampa at Lowry Park Nov. 17.

The evening began with a performance by the Tampa Bay Pride Band. Guests subsequently moved to an artists’ showcase highlighting local talent, participated in over 50 raffles and were given the opportunity to participate in a giraffe feeding with ZooTampa staff.

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Podcaster Scott Swenson talks living hauntingly ever after

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Scott Swenson is a storyteller. In his 30-year career, he’s produced, directed, written and performed at theme parks and in theaters nationwide—bringing his love of all things horror along for the wicked ride.

He and a small team developed Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s first Howl-O-Scream in 1999, now a fan-favorite haunted attraction. In his nearly 22 years at the park, where he served as entertainment director, he worked on the annual event for 15.

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