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Photos: A look back at Pride parades of the past in Tampa Bay

The region has been celebrating for decades.
A quarter-mile-long rainbow flag is being rolled up at the end of the 2011 Pride in Paradise parade, with hundreds of people carrying the flag down the street.
A quarter-mile-long rainbow flag is being rolled up at the end of the 2011 Pride in Paradise parade, with hundreds of people carrying the flag down the street. [ Times (2011) ]
Published Jun. 24|Updated Jun. 24

The St. Pete Pride Parade is back along the downtown waterfront Saturday — this year celebrating St. Pete Pride’s 20th anniversary. As the party gears up to be the biggest yet, take a look back at visuals of how Pride has evolved over the years throughout the Tampa Bay region.

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A marcher holds up a poster with a message for her mom in St. Petersburg.
A marcher holds up a poster with a message for her mom in St. Petersburg. [ Times (1987) ]
People hold a large sign and march in St. Petersburg.
People hold a large sign and march in St. Petersburg. [ Times (1987) ]
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A demonstrator holds a sign at the gay rights rally in downtown St. Petersburg.
A demonstrator holds a sign at the gay rights rally in downtown St. Petersburg. [ Times (1988) ]
Pamela Hartman of St. Petersburg helps her daughter Nikki hold up a sign as they prepare to leave for Tampa as part of the Gay and Lesbian Pride March from St. Petersburg to Tampa. The words written on the sign appear to say, “My mom’s a lesbian and I’m proud.”
Pamela Hartman of St. Petersburg helps her daughter Nikki hold up a sign as they prepare to leave for Tampa as part of the Gay and Lesbian Pride March from St. Petersburg to Tampa. The words written on the sign appear to say, “My mom’s a lesbian and I’m proud.” [ Times (1989) ]
Don Baker, of Dade City, twirls his rainbow-colored flags down Central Avenue during the 9th annual Pride in Paradise parade in St. Petersburg.
Don Baker, of Dade City, twirls his rainbow-colored flags down Central Avenue during the 9th annual Pride in Paradise parade in St. Petersburg. [ Times (2011) ]
John Harlow of Spring Hill, known as "Rainbow Boy," emerges from underneath a quarter-mile-long rainbow flag, jumping and shouting, "Come on people, where's your pride?" during the 9th annual Pride in Paradise parade.
John Harlow of Spring Hill, known as "Rainbow Boy," emerges from underneath a quarter-mile-long rainbow flag, jumping and shouting, "Come on people, where's your pride?" during the 9th annual Pride in Paradise parade. [ Times (2011) ]
Lady Guy smiles big as she rolls down 30th St. N. in the back of a convertible while waving to onlookers during the 10th annual St. Pete Pride Street Festival & Promenade in the Grand Central District of St. Petersburg.
Lady Guy smiles big as she rolls down 30th St. N. in the back of a convertible while waving to onlookers during the 10th annual St. Pete Pride Street Festival & Promenade in the Grand Central District of St. Petersburg. [ Times (2012) ]
From left: Jack Butera of St Petersburg, Paulo Batista of Tampa, Tyler Bazenas of Orlando and Devin Corbin of Tampa strike a pose while promoting Rainbow411.com, a site that provides information on gay-friendly businesses and updates on events and articles, during the St. Pete Pride parade.
From left: Jack Butera of St Petersburg, Paulo Batista of Tampa, Tyler Bazenas of Orlando and Devin Corbin of Tampa strike a pose while promoting Rainbow411.com, a site that provides information on gay-friendly businesses and updates on events and articles, during the St. Pete Pride parade. [ Times (2013) ]
"Dikes on Bikes" get rolling during the St. Pete Pride night parade.
"Dikes on Bikes" get rolling during the St. Pete Pride night parade. [ Times (2014) ]
Members from "Together is Beautiful" blow bubbles from bubble guns during the St. Petersburg Pride parade along Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. An estimated 200,000 people gathered to celebrate the annual Pride parade in the historic Kenwood neighborhood.
Members from "Together is Beautiful" blow bubbles from bubble guns during the St. Petersburg Pride parade along Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. An estimated 200,000 people gathered to celebrate the annual Pride parade in the historic Kenwood neighborhood. [ Times (2016) ]
A group supporting the people killed in the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, marches down Central Avenue for the St. Pete Pride Parade in St. Petersburg.
A group supporting the people killed in the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, marches down Central Avenue for the St. Pete Pride Parade in St. Petersburg. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times (2016) ]
Josh Stotler, 22, and Cody Lewis, 30, both of Tampa, kiss during Pride celebrations in St. Petersburg.
Josh Stotler, 22, and Cody Lewis, 30, both of Tampa, kiss during Pride celebrations in St. Petersburg. [ Tiimes (2018) ]
Brittany Stanley, 25, from St. Petersburg wears colorful details during Pride celebrations in St. Petersburg.
Brittany Stanley, 25, from St. Petersburg wears colorful details during Pride celebrations in St. Petersburg. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times (2018) ]
From left: Sir Winston Edward Twarpington, 8, and Salem Thatcher Numpty, 5, both Cavalier King Charles spaniels, pose in a stroller while attending Pride celebrations in St. Petersburg.
From left: Sir Winston Edward Twarpington, 8, and Salem Thatcher Numpty, 5, both Cavalier King Charles spaniels, pose in a stroller while attending Pride celebrations in St. Petersburg. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times (2018) ]
Rashawn Browne, 28, (right) and Dan Sly, 25, dance during the St. Pete Pride Parade and festivities in St. Petersburg.
Rashawn Browne, 28, (right) and Dan Sly, 25, dance during the St. Pete Pride Parade and festivities in St. Petersburg. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times (2018) ]
William Weidner, 6, and dad, Matt Weidner are shown during the St. Pete Pride Parade festivities in St. Petersburg.
William Weidner, 6, and dad, Matt Weidner are shown during the St. Pete Pride Parade festivities in St. Petersburg. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times (2019) ]
Smiling faces and bright colors are seen behind a wall of bubbles and foam being sprayed in the crowd during the Tampa Pride Diversity Parade in Ybor City.
Smiling faces and bright colors are seen behind a wall of bubbles and foam being sprayed in the crowd during the Tampa Pride Diversity Parade in Ybor City. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times (2021) ]
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