Whether you’re a Pride veteran or brand new to the world of LGBTQIA, finding your way around St Pete Pride 2017, the greatest (or gayest) party ever can be a challenge. If you’re just coming for the parade or making an entire weekend out of Pride, here’s a definitive guide to all the festivities for 2017. The promoters and sponsors of St.Pete Pride know how to throw a good party and we do not want you to miss a thing. Celebrating 15 years of diversity, St. Petersburg is about to bring it, so here are the all important details.
St Petersburg Pride begins its rainbow packed weekend on June 22nd, with a Rooftop Kickoff Party hosted at Hotel Zamora’s Castille's Rooftop Bar. Going from 7 pm-9 pm, this free party will give you urban rooftop party feels with amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico. For one night, everyone can be on top!
The main event Friday is the SP2 concert held in the North Straub Park from 7 pm-10 pm. Did I mention this event is FREE? With plenty of local bands and singers, you can ease into the party with Bud Light and Absolut Vodka cocktails knowing all beverage sales go towards the St. Pete Pride Community Grant Program! I knew my love for Vodka would help someone eventually.
Starting at 2 pm, because you’re definitely going to want to sleep in, head back to North Straub Park for the Pride Celebration where you will find live entertainment on the Wells Fargo Stage, and once again, admission is FREE. This will be an 'Absolut' ly perfect way to kick off a day full of fun and engaging festivities leading up to the big parade!
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The Parade and Trans March officially start at 6:30 pm and trust me, you don’t want to be late or miss a minute! Located on Bayshore Drive, you’ll be able to see 200,000 people march in the true spirit of the riots that started the fight for equal rights! It's going to be a blast, literally, because what parade would be complete without fireworks, especially a pride parade!
Bleachers and Glamstands
Not feeling the crowds? St. Pete Pride is offering two other options. For $25, you can be in the Bleachers at Straub Park with an exclusive bar, easy access to food, and private bathrooms or for just $25 dollars more, you can be in the Glamstands! For $50, or $600 if you want a private booth for you and nine friends, you can have a private view of the parade! With exclusive access to the best bars, bathrooms, and DJs, this is the ultimate way to experience this pride-tastic parade.
Want to celebrate even more, if so St. Petersburg businesses will play host to some of the coolest after parties!
Join the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce at Stillwaters Tavern on the parade route! This party is free for members and $20 for non-members. Drink and network with amazing people who really bring change!
If you’re more dramatically inclined, head to the Cassis American Brasserie to party with the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival! Party with filmmakers and actors and $2.50 drinks! Maybe you can finally get that screenplay produced!
Head over to the Iberian Rooster just five blocks from the parade. Even after the fireworks end, the Rooster will still be partying!
With the only after party in North County, get yourself into Quench Lounge for an amazing drag show with DJ Bruce Devery. There will also be plenty of eye candy courtesy of the in-house Absolut boys!
Starting at 9 am on Sunday, join over 40,000 people in the Grand Central District for an unforgettable party and end to this year’s Pride weekend. With FREE admission and something for everyone, you can really design this party for yourself! Whether you want to learn about helpful organizations from the area or enjoy amazing food and drinks this is where you can connect with the community.
With all the negativity going around, here’s one weekend where you can truly celebrate pride the way you want to! Join fellow LGBTQIA people for an amazing parade and all the fabulous parties!
Use this Handy Guide to St. Pete Pride to find the best events and after parties and celebrate love and respect for all mankind! Look for our 727area (MyArea Network) photographers in the crowd, they often have discounts to share and will take your picture for free! Looking for more fun Things to Do in St. Pete and Clearwater from the beaches to the bay, we have plenty of suggestions! Have fun and stay safe!