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Free bus rides offered for St. Pete Pride

Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) offers free rides on all routes to celebrate Florida’s largest Pride Parade. Photo Courtesy of PSTA
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) offers free rides on all routes to celebrate Florida’s largest Pride Parade. Photo Courtesy of PSTA
Published Jun. 21, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — The city expects more than 250,000 people to turn out for Florida's largest pride celebration.

And to prepare for the massive crowd, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is offering free rides on all bus routes to St. Pete Pride so attendees can avoid road closures and congestion.

"One of the reasons St. Pete Pride is so successful is that it's easy to get there," said PSTA CEO Brad Miller in a statement.

"By providing safe, free bus service, we are not only encouraging and supporting a positive celebration of diversity, but also reducing traffic and parking issues."

In honor of the celebration, the PSTA has also decorated one of its buses in rainbow colors that read "Your Ride to Pride."

Some parking is also free at St. Petersburg High School. From there, catch bus Route 9 to Pride. Additional parking is available for $10 at the Tropicana Field, and from there, catch Route 18.

The parade starts at 7 p.m. Saturday along Bayshore Drive, and the Pride park and ride buses will run from noon to midnight.

Second Avenue NE will be closed all day from Beach Drive to Bayshore. Additionally, Dali Boulevard SE will be closed from Bayshore Drive to First Street starting at 5:30 p.m. until the end of the event.

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