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St. Pete Pride weekend kicks off

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Written By: Melissa Beckman  25/06/16

Hundreds of thousands are expected to attend the four-day celebration of pride this weekend in St. Petersburg.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) — A colorful four-day celebration of pride kicks off Thursday in St. Petersburg with the raising of a rainbow flag over City Hall.

St. Pete Pride Executive Director Eric Skains says the event has come a long way in its 13-year history.

“Regardless of who you are, gay or straight, whether you’re Christian or Muslim, it doesn’t matter. This is an event where people can come out, be themselves, and just celebrate the power and beauty of diversity,” explained Skains.

The inaugural event drew 10,000 people. This year’s festivities are expected to attract about 250,000 people and generate about $15 million in economic impact.

The 2015 Pride agenda includes a free concert, 5k run, and the city’s largest street festival. The signature event is Saturday night’s lighted street parade. More than 150 organizations and businesses, in support of the LGBT community, will be represented.

Mayor Rick Kriseman and St. Pete Assistant Police Chief Melanie Bevan are the honorary grand marshals.

Click here for a full list of events.

Source: News Channel 8 http://wfla.com/2015/06/25/st-pete-pride-weekend-kicks-off/

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