St. Petersburg, Florida - More than 100,000 people have packed St. Petersburg tonight for the annual Pride Parade. The parade begins downtown and will be kicking off at sundown.
It's not just a pride party but people at the parade say all of this is also political.
In 2008 voters decided to ban gay marriage in Florida. But LGBT supporters say that discriminates against gay couples, and even worse, also doesn't recognize same sex marriages performed in other states. Supporters out here want this to change and they want it to change this next election.
This event has been dubbed the largest pride celebration in all of Florida. Police are patrolling the parade, officials say in years past people with opposing views protested. We have already seen some of that tonight.
Saturday, June 28th: 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 light up Seminole Park in welcome. The Glamstands, new reserved bleacher seating for the parade is available and includes private restrooms, complimentary food, cocktails and water. ($40)
Sunday, June 29, 2014: St. Pete Pride Festival
11 am-6 pm 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 St Pete Pride smart phone app at the Apple or Android store or visit www.stpetepride.com