More than 100 vendors packed the street for Tampa Pride’s opening ceremony. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, newly elected Tampa City Council member Guido Maniscalco and Tampa Police Chief and grand marshal Jane Castor all spoke to the crowd.
“I’m thrilled to see Pride back in Tampa,” said Buckhorn.
Beckner praised his fellow commissioners who signed a proclamation recognizing Tampa Pride, adding that “next year, we’ll do what we can to get every commissioner to sign.”
Beckner was referring to newly elected commissioner Stacy White, who was the only commissioner to refuse to sign the proclamation.