Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

GaYbor Days celebrations move ahead to Memorial Day weekend

YBOR CITY — It came down to pride — St. Pete Pride.

Organizers of GaYbor Days moved up this year's events to this weekend to avoid a conflict with the St. Pete Pride Promenade on June 30. The Ybor parties start Thursday and run through Monday.

For the past four years, GaYbor Days have been held the weekend before the Fourth of July. St. Pete Pride's parade, now in its 10th year, takes place the last Saturday in June.

The gay celebrations typically complemented each other until this year, when they would have overlapped. Rather than force fans to choose, GaYbor officials switched their party to the Memorial Day weekend.

"We thought it would be too much for two cities," said Carrie West, president of the GaYbor District Coalition, which promotes gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses in Ybor. "The same people would have been going to the same places. We decided to separate them a little bit."

Pushing up GaYbor Days could help Ybor in the long run, he said. People who attend St. Pete Pride often visit Ybor or stay there overnight. Instead of one busy holiday weekend this summer, the area could have two.

St. Pete Pride, the largest gay pride celebration in the state, every year considers changing its date because of the heat, but always decides against it, said executive director Chris Rudisill. The last Saturday in June honors the anniversary of the Stonewall riots in 1969 that launched the gay rights movement.

"We really stick with that history even though it's really hot," he said.

If left on Memorial Day weekend in the future, GaYbor Days could become an annual kickoff for gay events in the area, followed by Gay Days in Orlando, held this year May 29 to June 4.

"It might actually end up being a great thing," Rudisill said. "There's not a lot going on during Memorial Day. We generally don't have a lot of events that week."

Don Barco, owner of King Corona Cigars on Ybor's Seventh Avenue, said he expects Memorial Day weekend to be just as good as the Fourth of July, and probably a lot cooler. Before GaYbor Days started in 2008, he used to close on July 4.

"I'm not concerned. Business is going pretty well for us in Ybor and I'm seeing a different energy here and it's really positive," he said.

GaYbor Days celebrations move ahead to Memorial Day weekend 05/22/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:48pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Study shows playing football before age 12 can lead to mood and behavior issues

    Footballpreps

    A new medical study has found that children who play football before age 12 suffer mood and behavior problems later in life at rates significantly higher than those who take up the sport later.

    Youths who began playing tackle football before the age of 12 had more behavioral and cognitive problems later in life than those who started playing after they turned 12, according to a study released by Boston University researchers on Sept. 19, 2017. [Tamir Kalifa | The New York Times]
  2. University student accused of making bomb threat on Snapchat

    Crime

    DELAND — A Florida university student is accused of making threats on Snapchat to "bomb" or "gas" the campus.

    Stetson University freshman Griffin Powell, 18, is accused of making threats on Snapchat to "bomb" or "gas" the campus in DeLand.


  3. Tiki Barber will join his brother, Ronde, on Fox broadcast for Bucs-Giants

    Bucs

    FOX announced Monday night that former Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber will have a familiar face joining him as a guest analyst for the Oct. 1 Bucs-Giants game in Tampa: his twin brother Tiki, who will join …

    Tiki Barber, right, will join his brother, Ronde, left, as a guest analyst on the Oct. 1 Bucs-Giants broadcast on FOX. [Times files (2006)]
  4. Cannons will fire again when Bucs return to Raymond James Stadium

    Bucs

    As good as the Bucs looked in their season-opening 29-7 win against the Bears on Sunday, fans couldn't help but notice that the success didn't sound the same at Raymond James Stadium.

     Ron Gutschmidt is perched on top of the Buccaneer pirate ship ready to activate the ship's cannons with the press of a button after a Buccaneer touchdown. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  5. Rick and Tom podcast: How should Joe Maddon be remembered tonight?

    The Heater

    Rick Stroud and Tom Jones talk about Joe Maddon's return to Tropicana Field for the first time since he left the Rays in 2014 in the latest edition of our Rick and Tom podcast. They discuss the mixed emotions …

    Joe Maddon returns to Tropicana Field tonight for the first time since he left the Rays in 2014. [Getty Images]