LARA CERRI | Times
David Russell, 51, of Sarasota practices with the St. Petersburg Twirling Project on Saturday in St. Petersburg's Seminole Park during a rehearsal for the St. Pete Pride parade. The 14 members of the ensemble will have a prime spot in the parade Saturday afternoon as they march behind the grand marshal and in front of Mayor Rick Kriseman. Chuck Henson founded the group seven years ago. He started his first adult community color guard in Chicago in 1992, right around the time the "don't ask don't tell" policy became a hot-button issue. "You didn't have to ask," said Henson. "We looked like military, but we acted silly." Henson, who is the team's coach, said they all have one thing in common: "We're all just old marching band nerds that didn't ever want to give it up."