St. Pete Pride calendar: Parties, art exhibits, the big parade and more events for Pride week

Floats make their way down Bayshore Drive during the annual St. Pete Pride parade in Downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, June 24, 2017. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times
Floats make their way down Bayshore Drive during the annual St. Pete Pride parade in Downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, June 24, 2017. EVE EDELHEIT | Times
Published June 19 2018
Updated June 21 2018

Pride Events

Interfaith Pride Worship

Imam Daaylee Abdullah, of the Mecca Institute in Washington DC, serves as guest speaker. Free. First Presbyterian Church St. Petersburg, 701 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-2031. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Open Mic and Poetry Slam

Gulfport Poet Laureate Peter Hargitai presents poetry celebrating Pride month. Free. Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport. (727) 893-1074. 7 p.m. Thursday.

St. Pete Pride SP2 Concert

Coco Montrese of Season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race serves as host for a musical line up including Swipe Right (7 p.m.), Rolando (8 p.m.) and the Spazmatics (9 p.m.). Beverage sales benefit the St. Pete Pride Community Grants Program. Free. North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 342-0084. 7-10 p.m. Friday.

Skyway Has Pride

More than 60 galleries combine for you to Shop under the light of a disco ball at this mall wide shop hop with a pride wheel, drag queens, vinyl music trivia, body painting and the "You’ve Got Pride" contest. No cover. Skyway Mall, 4301 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-3930. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday.

Pride Shabbat

In conjunction with St. Pete Pride, Congregation B’nai Isreal holds the third annual Shabbat service celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning Jews, friends and family. A cocktail reception follows the service. Free. Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 58th St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 381-4900, ext. 1002. 6:30 p.m. Friday.

St. Pete Pride Block Party and Night Parade

St. Pete Pride’s popular parade moves to downtown St. Petersburg’s scenic waterfront. The block party brings DJs, food and drinks starting at 2 p.m. The parade steps off at Fifth Ave NE and Bayshore at 7:15 p.m. Free. North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 342-0084. 2-10 p.m. Saturday.

TransPride March

A gathering of members of the transgender, gender non-conforming, queer communities and their families, friends and supporters. The first 500 registered marchers receive a free St. Pete Pride TransPride T-shirt. Free. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 342-0084. 7-7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Pride Rooftop Disco

Renowned bearded drag queen Adriana Sparkle serves as host for this rooftop St. Pete Pride pre-parade party with dancing to music by Chicago’s DJ Mystic Bill, legendary New York DJ Richard Vasquez and Salt Lake City’s DJ Jesse Walker. Benefits the Metro Center. $20-$30, $75 VIP. Station House, 260 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-8260. 12-7 p.m. Saturday.

Pride on Edge

A pop-up gay bar and nightclub experience hits the Edge District bringing music, lights, DJ dancing, drinks and entertainment. Benefits Metro Wellness and Community Center. Free (registration required). OpenHouse, 1113 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (202) 510-7377. 4 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday, noon-3 a.m. Saturday.

St. Pete Pride Festival

The daytime festival covers Central Avenue’s Grand Central District with more than 350 vendors, multiple stages, live music, art and food. Free. Grand Central District, 2429 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 342-0084. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Pride Pop Up: Opening Reception

To celebrate St. Pete Pride, the gallery store features artists with LGBTQ-themed works. Remains on display through July 18. Free. Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 822-7872. 1-3 p.m. Sunday.

Proud Families

In conjunction with St. Pete Pride, families can participate in unity and self-esteem activities including storytime, dance time, rainbow science activities and making a flag using the colors of the rainbow. Included with admission: $10, $9 seniors, 1 and younger free. Great Explorations Children’s Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-8992. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

Dannie

The Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project present the musical parody as part of St. Pete Pride. All proceeds benefit Metro Wellness and Community Centers. $20, $35 VIP. American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529. 7 p.m. Monday.

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