St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman raised the Pride Flag above City Hall June 23 for the third year in a row to signify the start of St. Pete Pride in downtown.
More than a hundred people gathered at the flagpole as Kriseman, local officials and Equality Florida’s executive director Nadine Smith launched the Pride Flag into the sky.
Kriseman spoke to the crowd, reading a “Prayer for the World,” a poem by Rabbi Harold Kushner, and telling them that this is a time of remembrance and of celebration.
“When you get tired…tired of being picked on by politicians in Washington or Tallahassee … tired of being targeted by the most radical and dysfunctional fringes of religion … please remember that St. Pete is your shelter,” Kriseman says. “We are a city that no longer simply tolerates diversity – we embrace it, and for as long as I am your mayor, this progressive city will continue to be forward-thinking, refusing to turn back to the days of old.”
Photos by Jeremy Williams.
You can find St. Pete Pride information and the schedule here.