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St. Pete Pride parade, fest to draw thousands

Cheryl Madelle, left, of Out & Equal Tampa Bay greets Karen Schrader before the 10th Annual St. Pete Pride Street Festival & Promenade in the Grand Central District of St. Petersburg.

Times (2012)

Cheryl Madelle, left, of Out & Equal Tampa Bay greets Karen Schrader before the 10th Annual St. Pete Pride Street Festival & Promenade in the Grand Central District of St. Petersburg.

Pride Carnivale Street Festival and Promenade

On Saturday, St. Petersburg will put on one of the biggest gay pride parades in the country, drawing about 80,000 or so in previous years. And this year's parade is touting perhaps the highest ranking official in the event's 11-year history, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who will be cruising around in a convertible. Also participating will be St. Petersburg City Council members Jeff Danner and Steve Kornell, along with Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner and several other Pinellas County officials. There will be more than 100 floats decked out in rainbow colors, performers and entertainers. The parade begins at Georgie's Alibi (3100 Third Ave. N), moves to Central Avenue and runs east to about 21st Street. This year includes a stop by the Faces of HIV mobile art exhibit, which depicts the lives of Florida residents living with HIV and AIDS through portraits, video interviews and journal writing. And don't miss the ROTC (that would be the Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps). Afterward at the street festival, nearly 200 vendors from across the state will line Central Avenue between 21st and 28th streets. It's all free, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (727) 279-5428.

Pride Carnivale 27-82 Concert

The numbers in the name signify the longitude and latitudinal coordinates of the city, because St. Pete Pride's weekend is a pretty big deal. And this is a pretty big concert that serves as a cherry on top. The bill includes 26-year-old up-and-coming pop singer-songwriter Daphene Willis, but the whole thing is anchored by Uh Huh Her, whose lineup includes Leisha Hailey and girlfriend Camila Grey. Hailey portrayed perhaps the coolest bisexual journalist in the history of TV on The L Word and was once voted "sexiest woman alive" by feminist entertainment website AfterEllen.com. Her band does immaculate, moody and blissed-out electro-pop pretty well, too (listen to Time Stands Still, Not A Love Song and Explode for proof). The concert is 7:30 p.m. Friday at the State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$35. (727) 895-3045.

— Ray Roa, Times correspondent

Other St. Pete Pride events

Join GaYbor Krewe

The GaYbor Krewe invites anyone interested to join them waving and tossing beads in the annual St. Pete Pride parade. Includes a preparade party with breakfast, drinks, throw beads, two trader beads and guaranteed participation in the parade. Rider spots are limited, but there's plenty of room for walkers. Purchase wristbands in advance at MC Filmfest, 1901 N 15th St., Ybor City. $30 rider, $15 walker. Georgie's Alibi, 3100 Third Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 321-2112. 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Peeking into Florida's Closet of Shame

Celebrate St. Pete Pride with a little Florida history when Stacy Braukman of Georgia Tech and Jim Schnur of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library USFSP discuss the controversial Purple Pamphlet and failed plans to rid Florida of its "homosexual menace." Free. University of South Florida Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, 780 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 873-4405. 5-6 p.m. today.

Pride Carnivale: Noite De Cinema

Standup drag comedian and New York's "Queen of Green," Hedda Lettuce provides live comic banter and commentary to the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival screening of the 1967 camp classic film Valley of the Dolls. $15-$20. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 279-5428. 7:30 p.m. today.

Confessions, A Cabaret

As part of St. Pete Pride, Zachary Hines performs monologues inspired by anonymous confessions collected prior to the show. $15. Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (1-855) U-CONFESS. freefalltheatre.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

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