Pride Parade draws huge crowd to St. Pete

Organizers expect to attract as many as 250,000 to St. Petersburg for the Pride Parade and other festivities

Organizers of the annual St. Petersburg LGBT Pride Parade expected nearly 250,000 to take part in the festivities.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) – This year’s St. Pete LGBT Pride Weekend is an event unlike any other. This week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling to allow same-sex marriage in all 50 states makes it a celebration of unity and now equality.

Tens of thousands of people poured onto Central Avenue in St. Petersburg for the festivities Saturday evening. Known as the largest gathering of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people in the state of Florida, the St Pete LGBT Pride Parade was expected to attract the largest crowd ever this year.

People who attended the St. Pete Pride Parade on Saturday said this year’s Pride Weekend was made more special because of the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday.

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“We are just like anybody else and everybody else. We was always paying taxes and therefore it’s all making a difference now,” said one parade-goer.

Martin Wade just wishes his partner would have lived to see this day.pride3

“It means everything,” Wade said. “I’ve waited over 25 years. My partner passed away, his mother is still with me, and it would’ve meant everything to her for us to have legally gotten married.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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