Tampa Bay performers announce unofficial, digital Tampa Pride weekend

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ABOVE: (L-R) Francis Queerbot 9000, Mr. Tampa Pride 2020 Kirk DaVinci and Juno Vibranz, photos via Kirk DaVinci/Tampa Pride.

TAMPA | Tampa Pride 2020 entertainers have planned a weekend of digital performances March 27-29 following the event’s postponement.

The sixth annual gathering was originally scheduled for the same weekend. It was moved to May 30 in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  

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2020 WAVE Award Spotlight: Alyssa

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Tampa Bay’s Favorite local performer: Stage (Non-Drag); Favorite Local Performer: Musician

Alyssa is as authentic as they come. “I’m trans and I definitely do not hide that,” the 34 year-old, Clearwater-based artist asserts. “I’m very open in talking about LGBTQ issues and bringing them to light.”

The singer-songwriter says she’s always wanted to perform, tracing her earliest desires to age seven. “I remember watching Madonna and while other people were like, ‘Oh, she’s great,’ I was thinking, ‘I want to do that.’”

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PHOTOS: Tampa Bay celebrates 2020 WAVE winners at Bradley’s on 7th

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TAMPA | Tampa Bay celebrated the 2020 WAVE Awards on March 5 at the WAVE Award-winning Bradley’s on 7th.

The evening’s incredible eats and entertainment were provided by fellow WAVE Award winners. Orange Blossom Catering served delicious hors d’oeuvres, Bloom Envy Boutique provided beautiful arrangements and DJ Mike Sklarz hosted the festivities.

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PHOTOS: Watermark’s 2019 Tampa Bay WAVE Awards Party

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ST. PETERSBURG | Tampa Bay celebrated the 2019 WAVE Awards on March 8 at the newly-remodeled and WAVE Award winning Metro Inclusive Health.

All of the evening’s eats and entertainment were provided by fellow WAVE Award winners. The Stuffed Mushroom served fine hors d’oeuvres, Miguel Fuller of The Miguel & Holly Show hosted the festivities and DJ Duane Cook kept the crowd moving as Alyssa, Boys’ Entrance, Daphne Ferraro, Matthew McGee and Victoria Michaels wowed the crowd with their performances.

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