10 things you should probably know about Florida's biggest Pride

250,000 people are expected to attend this year’s St. Pete Pride festival 🌈


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ST PETE PRIDE

 

Home to Florida’s largest Pride, St. Pete/Clearwater is one of Florida’s most LGBTQ-friendly destinations. 

 

St. Pete Pride Parade

 

With 35 miles of white sand beaches, exotic nature trails, culture and arts, it's also home to a whole bunch of LGBTQ-owned businesses and friendly accommodations, boasting lots of popular hotspots including Dog BarEnigmaOld Key West Bar & GrillPunky’sThe Queens Head and more! 

 

In 2018, Clearwater Beach was awarded the number one spot in the USA in TripAdvisor's Traveller's Choice Awards, while St. Pete Beach came in at number seven. (Clearwater Beach was also voted number seven in the world... Ooo!)

 

Sunset beach is another of St. Pete's beaches, and a favourite of local LGBTQ communities

 

The first St. Pete Pride took place in 2003, attracting an impressive 10,000 people. This year, a whopping 250,000 people are expected to make there way to the event! Want to find out more..?

 

10 things you should probably know about St. Pete Pride

 

🌈    St. Pete Pride is Florida’s largest Pride (it's huge!)

 

🌈    The annual event is now in its 16th year

 

🌈    250,000 people are expected to attend this year’s festival – that’s a growth of 240,000 since its first festival in 2003!

 

🌈    Celebrations will see the only night time parade in Florida!

 

St. Pete's night time Pride parade in action!

 

🌈    Following 2017’s overwhelming demand, 2018’s festival area has been extended by an entire city block

 

🌈    A benefit concert will be taking place on the first day of the event to raise money for the local community organisations

🌈    Within the Tampa Bay community, 312,157 people identify as LGBT – that’s seven per cent of the area’s population!

 

🌈    St. Pete and its surrounding area holds the current Guinness World Record for the longest consecutive run of sunny days – a massive 768!

 

 

🌈    Known for its beautiful sunsets, the destination has a beach specifically named “Sunset Beach”, which can be found on Treasure Island – a popular spot for the LGBTQ community

 

🌈    Downtown St. Pete and the neighbourhoods surrounding it offer a range of LGBTQ owned and run bars and accommodation

 

To find out more head to floridaslargestpride.com or visitstpeteclearwater.com

 

 

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