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St. Pete Pride needs more of this, less of that

St. Pete Pride will stage its seventh annual event Saturday in the Grand Central District. It'll be a colorful, fun, inspiring, funky, political and raucous celebration of gay pride. And the group's organizers will be some of the busiest, hardest-working people around. It'll also be searingly hot, a bit disorganized and light on floats — though heavy on convertibles with people you don't know. It'll possibly be invaded by crazies shouting "You're an abomination!" And it'll be slightly disappointing at least once during the event. Before you revoke my well-earned toaster, though, let me explain that I'm not hatin', I'm just statin' what many fervent Pride supporters would tell event organizers — and those attending the festival — if they could. We could use a little more of this and a little less of that. For example, we need . . .

Anne Glover plans to kick it up a notch for her Pride attire this year. She can be reached at (727) 893-8562 or glover@tampabay.com.

>> Fast Facts

Work on the dazzle!

Throw on something outrageous and glam it up for the Pride Promenade and Festival on Saturday. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at Georgie's Alibi, 3100 Third Ave. N, and winds through the Kenwood neighborhood before finishing up on Central near the Detour complex. The event will once again feature a three-blocks-long rainbow flag that eventgoers will carry through along the avenue.

There are also some other Pride events this weekend, including:

Stonewall Commemorative Reception, today. This is St. Pete Pride's Sponsor and Friends Reception and replaces the Taste of Pride, which is returning as a new event in October. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar among the art, including "Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life and Legends." 6-9 p.m. at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $30 advance, $40 at the door

Laughter in Paradise, Friday. The lineup this year includes three young comedians from the Logo Network's Laughing Matters: Next Gen: Gloria Bigelow, Edison Apple and Amy Tee. 8-11 p.m. at Tradewinds Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $30 advance, $50 at the door.

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People dressed as fabulous movie characters riding in

a convertible (Hi, Glenda!).
Convertibles filled with people

we don't know. (But kudos for

getting a local name we know

for your grand marshal this

year: Kevin Beckner, the

openly gay Hillsborough

County commissioner.)
Shade and cooling stations. Sure there are some misters set up, but there's not enough relief from the heat. Maybe organizers could use the vacant lot across from Detour to set up a giant open-flapped tent with misting hoses, chairs and live music. Charge $2 for a wristband. It'll pay for itself.Waiting for the parade to start. And less space in between the units of the promenade. Let's get the party started already — or push the start time back to give people a chance to recover from the pride events the night before. This parade is beginning to drag on longer than a White Party dance mix.
Drink specials that come with a cup of ice-cold water.Sign-waving, bullhorn-carrying, rude hate groups.
Dance music. Hire a killer DJ for that tent!Mellow music. Move the folkies to later in the afternoon.
Drag queen performances.Signature gathering for petitions.
Dogs in kilts,

just because

they're adorable.
Length on that kilt, sweetie! Show us some leg!
Real floats and pumping music. The Gaybor crowd is promising a theme this year of "Flawlessly Naughty." (And we do hear that the Kenwood neighborhood is working on a killer float this year. Watch for it.)Lame parade entries like that rickety tbt* trike they bring every year. (No offense, friends and colleagues, but that thing has GOT TO GO!)
Exuberant street dancers.Silent still-lifes.
Stephanie Shippae

in rainbow colors.
Clowns in rainbow wigs.
Outrageous clothing and shoes.A&F and Hollister or that same tired T-shirt you've been wearing every year (yes, I'm pointing that finger of shame at myself).

St. Pete Pride needs more of this, less of that 06/24/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 5:30am]
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