St. Pete Pride parade was hot in the day and even hotter at night

By : Nick Cardello
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The largest Pride celebration south of Atlanta was a hot one, until the sun went down the the night parade started.

“As far as the parade goes, I think it was fabulous,” said Eric Skains, executive director of St. Pete Pride. “I think over time it will get better and better, but I definitely feel like it was a step up from last year, and hopefully next year it will be a step up from next.”

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St. Pete Pride celebrates 13 years of the LGBT community in paradise

By : Steve Blanchard
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Thirteen years ago, a small number of community leaders gathered in a bar and decided St. Petersburg was ready to celebrate its LGBT community. Today, the city boasts the largest LGBT Pride celebration south of Atlanta. Many may view 13 as an unlucky number, but for St. Pete Pride it could be the best number yet.

The annual festival celebrating Tampa Bay’s LGBT community returns to St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District for its 13th anniversary June 24-28 and includes a fashion show, VIP reception, an outdoor concert, the return of the highly successful night parade and the outdoor vendor fair.

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3.26.15 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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Tallahassee’s elected officials must be auditioning for an inappropriate episode of The Little Rascals. How else can we explain their recent behavior?

The episode in question is one where Spanky, played by Rep. Frank Artiles (R-Miami), cooks up a scheme to trap Alfalfa spying on Darla in a compromising position while she takes a whiz. Hilarity ensues as the “He-Man Woman Haters Club” is called out for its ridiculousness and immaturity.

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Contest will determine the look of St. Pete Pride’s theme

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg – St. Pete Pride’s annual celebration is still six months away, but the organization is looking for suggestions on how to illustrate the theme for 2015: Making History.

The design of the theme would accompany St. Pete Pride’s new logo, appear on its website and be incorporated into marketing strategies.

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Saying goodbye to ‘Grandma Ruth’

By : Steve Blanchard
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Largo – The first time Steven Pearson met ‘Grandma Ruth’ Dallmann, it was her 80th birthday and she rode into the Pro Shop Pub in Clearwater on top of a Harley. The last time he saw her—two weeks before she passed away peacefully on Sept. 13—the bartender at the long-surviving LGBT bar served Dallmann her favorite drink: a vodka cranberry.

“She was one of those people that if you were a new person in the bar, she knew you before you left,” recalled Pearson, a manager at Pro Shop. “She was so unique.”

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St. Pete Pride announces Parade Awards

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St. Petersburg – The excitement of St. Pete Pride’s first night parade may finally beginning to fade, but that doesn’t mean the organization is done celebrating this year. On July 15, St. Pete Pride announced the winners of the St. Pete Pride Parade Awards.

Seven organizations were recognized for their creativity, spirit and participation and St. Pete Pride executive director Eric Skains released the list via email July 15.

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Issue 21.14: St. Pete Pride Post Coverage

By : Jake Stevens
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Our First Night Out! St. Pete Pride boasts 200,000 weekend attendance with its first night parade and separate street festival, Florida court hears marriage equality case, Outfest to celebrate the modern family in Central Florida, local news, celebrity interviews, events, photos, and much more!

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St. Pete Pride Festival 2014

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Pete Pride’s Saturday night parade and Sunday street festival helped set new records as 200,000 people descended upon the city’s Grand Central District the last weekend in June.

A light evening breeze helped keep parade revelers cool and comfortable June 28 as more than 100 lighted floats made their way down Third Avenue North and Central Avenue. Saturday alone brought in an estimated 175,000 people to watch the LGBT community put on its first-ever night parade.

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St. Pete 2014 Night Parade

By : Steve Blanchard
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A light evening breeze helped keep parade revelers cool and comfortable June 28 as more than 100 lighted floats made their way down Third Avenue North and Central Avenue. Saturday alone brought in an estimated 175,000 people to watch the LGBT community put on its first-ever night parade.

According to Eric Skains, executive director of St. Pete Pride, St. Pete Pride will stick with the new night parade/day time festival format again in 2015.

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St. Pete Pride 2014: Watermark’s Complete Coverage

By : Jamie Hyman
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Bookmark this link! Here is where Watermark will post our St. Pete Pride 2014 information, updates and photos, all in one place.

First, the official St. Pete Pride Guide

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St. Pete Pride’s 2014 grand marshals take their titles to heart

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg – For the second year, St. Pete Pride asked the community to select the grand marshals for the annual celebration. And with nearly double the participation of the previous year, the community spoke loud and clear.

St. Petersburg City Council member Darden Rice, AIDS Service Association of Pinellas resource development manager and PFLAG Tampa will all be at the front of this year’s night parade. They learned of their grand marshal titles during a St. Pete Pride kick-off reception in May sponsored by Rainbow411.com at Bert Smith BMW.
There, each were given a trophy and a grand marshal medal to wear during Pride events and during the parade.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: St. Pete Pride right around the corner!

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Desperately seeking a Katy
Diva galore Katy Perry is scheduled to perform at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Monday, June 30, and local radio station Wild 94.1 has been on the hunt for an impersonator to attend the show—and probably promote the station. A call was issued earlier this month for impersonators and no specific gender requirements were included. Queens from throughout the area have expressed interest but as of press time there was no confirmation onto who may have landed the gig. Blue hair and some Tarzan/Jane inspired outfits no doubt helped the station select its winner. Expect to see some photos and announcements soon on the station’s website, Wild941.CBSLocal.com.

Blevins needs our love
As you’re reading this, it’s very likely that residents of St. Petersburg are voicing their opinions over who should be the city’s next Police Chief. Mayor Rick Kriseman is expected to select the person for that role within the next month, and LGBT community member and Assistant Police Chief Melanie Blevins is one of four finalists! On June 19, the Coliseum Ballroom will no-doubt be packed with supporters and detractors of Blevins, who has been with the police department for two decades. When she’s not doing police work, Blevins, who has a Ph.D. in organizational leadership, teaches community leadership at the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg. If you missed the meeting but want to express support for Blevins, email Kriseman at Mayor@StPete.org to show her some love.

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