St. Pete Pride attracts notable supporter
ST. PETERSBURG -- This isn't something you see often -- if ever -- at St. Pete Pride: A local black politician.
"They bring money and business to St. Pete," said Newton, a newcomer on the council who attended the annual parade for the first time Saturday. "I don't understand how African-Americans or any other politicians wouldn't show up and show their support. As a St. Pete city council member, you have to be representative of all the people in St. Pete."
Newton and Council Member Karl Nurse marched with a group of local Stonewall Democrats. Newton also joined Council Member Jeff Danner in reading a proclamation recognizing the parade, the largest single day event in St. Petersburg.
"I had a good time," said Newton. "I didn't see any problem with it."
-Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer
[Willie Allen, Jr., Times files]