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St. Petersburg mayor to march in 2014 St. Pete Pride parade

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The 2013 St. Pete Pride parade. The 2013 St. Pete Pride parade.

2014 will be a year of firsts for the St. Pete Pride festival.

For the first time in the history of St. Pete Pride, St. Petersburg's mayor, Rick Kriseman will march in the 2014 parade. Also new, the celebration will be spread over three days, from June 27-29, 2014 with a wide variety of events for everyone in the community.

"For the first time in Pride history, heterosexual allies from PFLAG Tampa have been chosen as this year's organization Grand Marshals and will lead the parade," organizers said in a news release.

Organizers have announced the schedule of events for this year's celebration-

Thursday, June 26: 

Mayor Rick Kriseman will raise the Pride Flag over City Hall at a public ceremony at 9 a.m. The ceremony will be held on the northeast lawn of City Hall at the corner of Second Street and Fifth Ave.

Friday, June 27: The 27/82 Concert at the State Theatre

Grammy-nominated artist, Mary Lambert, and the Real L Word's Hunter Valentine are scheduled to perform.

Saturday, June 28: St. Pete Pride Block Party and Night Parade

Block Party begins at 5:00 p.m., held between 22nd Street and 27th Street along Central Avenue, featuring DJs, food and beverages. The Parade will roll off at sunset through Historic Kenwood, who will host a Family Zone and viewing area in the neighborhood's Seminole Park. In addition to PFLAG Tampa, this year's Grand Marshals include Darden Rice, the newly elected city council member who was the first openly gay person to run for public office in St. Petersburg, and Jay Aller, the Resource Development Manager for AIDS Service Association of Pinellas.

New bleacher seating for the parade is available in the VIP Area (seating, private restrooms, complimentary food, cocktails and water are available).

Sunday, June 29: St. Pete Pride Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More than 300 exhibitors, multiple stages, and exhibits including the HCA Hospital Health & Wellness Pavilion and the St Pete Art Mash. Former Motown Records artist and current gospel sensation, Vernessa Mitchell, will headline the free festival.

For a complete schedule of events, including maps of both the parade route and street festival, download the free StPetePride smart phone app at the Apple or Android store or visit

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