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St. Pete Pride parade crowd estimate: 'Does lots and lots work for you?'

Adelys Rubio, 22, (left) and Erica Charles, 19, dance on Saturday, June 22, 2019 during the St. Pete Pride parade and festivities in St. Petersburg. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times]
Published Jun. 23

The organizers of the 2019 St. Pete Pride parade expected upwards of 200,000 attendees Saturday.

The final count is not in yet, but one thing is clear: many, many people showed up.

"Does lots and lots work for you?" St. Pete Pride treasurer Stanley Solomons joked when asked about the size of the crowd.

Solomons said his organization was still reviewing aerial photos to determine a crowd estimate. However, early looks at the photos indicate a "visible increase" from last year's crowd of around 200,000, he said.

In addition to the parade crowd, some 50,000 were expected at Sunday's St. Pete Pride Festival.

Because of all of the activity this weekend, it's unlikely St. Pete Pride will have a ballpark figure for this year's parade before Monday, Solomons said.

St. Petersburg Police reported two arrests from Saturday's parade, both for drunk and disorderly conduct. In 2018, zero incidents were reported.

Contact Kirby Wilson at kwilson@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8793. Follow @kirbywtweets.

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