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Rainbow flags from here to the horizon

Rainbow flags from here to the horizon

In 2007, it was called the biggest one-day event in St. Petersburg, and the St. Pete Pride 2008 Street Festival and Promenade aims to uphold the record. Founded in 2003, the celebration of gay pride drew an estimated 70,000 people to its signature parade and street festival last year. This year's parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday on Central Avenue, followed by the street festival from noon to 5 p.m. Other events include a Laughter in Paradise comedy festival Friday and parade after-parties at Nova 535 and the Coliseum; go to www.stpetepride.com for tickets and information.

Flip-flopping on Florida's beaches

The 2008 Serve to Preserve Florida Summit on Global Climate Change takes place Wednesday and Thursday in Miami, hosted by Gov. Charlie Crist. The gov's mission statement for the conference at www.myfloridaclimate.com rhapsodizes about climate-friendly renewable energy sources but somehow omits his recent snuggling up to the notion of drilling for oil along the state's shores.

Too bad they won't be selling gasoline

But you can get a break on movie prices when the Beach Theatre in St. Pete Beach flashes back to '70s Days on Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices roll back to $2 for classic films of the decade, including Rocky, Jaws, Dirty Harry, Monty Python & the Holy Grail and Blazing Saddles. Visit www.beachtheatre.com .

Lights, camera, action, cake

Three acclaimed directors who have worked in television and film mark birthdays this week. Wednesday, Sidney Lumet (whose career stretches from Playhouse 90 to Before the Devil Knows You're Dead) will be 84. Thursday, Paul Thomas Anderson (from Saturday Night Live to There Will Be Blood) turns 38, and Friday, J.J. Abrams (from Lost to the next Star Trek film, due in 2009) will be 42.

By Colette Bancroft, Times staff writer, cbancroft@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8435.

Rainbow flags from here to the horizon 06/22/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 11:34am]

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