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Even without parade, St. Petersburg honors Pride month

Officials raised the Pride flag over City Hall, contextualizing the ceremony against a backdrop of pandemic and civil unrest.
St. Petersburg officials raised the Pride flag above City Hall on Monday to commemorate Pride month.
St. Petersburg officials raised the Pride flag above City Hall on Monday to commemorate Pride month. [ City of St. Petersburg ]
Published Jun. 1, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG — There won’t be a parade this year to commemorate Pride due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. But that didn’t keep city officials from raising the Pride Flag above City Hall on Monday morning.

“While the parade may have been canceled, we are not canceling Pride,” Mayor Rick Kriseman said before the flag raising, flanked by City Council members, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist D-St. Petersburg and a Pride executive.

St. Pete Pride first sought to postpone the event, usually held in June, until the fall. Last month, they decided to cancel it for this year altogether.

Kriseman and St. Pete Pride Vice President Nathan Bruemmer recognized the gravity of the moment as they both discussed the ceremony’s significance, with both the coronavirus pandemic and the civil unrest playing out in the Tampa Bay area and nationwide in response to the death of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis.

“It’s a different pride month in acknowledging where we’re at right now in this country,” Bruemmer said. "It’s a moment to recognize our intergenerational trauma this country has faced with our history, our anguish, our pain of systematic racism and our systems of power.”

“But as we celebrate pride month, and we celebrate the raising of this flag, I ask us to honor the history, the unity, and the hope of the LGBTQ movement," he added.

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