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Events leading up to St. Pete Pride parade and festival

One of the largest Pride events in the country runs June 19-23 in St. Petersburg. Last year, more than 200,000 people flocked to St. Petersburg for the annual St. Pete Pride festival and parade along downtown. Just as many people, if not more, are expected during this year's festivities beginning June 19. From parties and parades to festivals, here are all the ways to celebrate Pride in St. Petersburg. St. Pete Pride Kick-off Party The free event 7-10 p.m. on June 19 is at the Sirata Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach. Even better, the Sirata just finished up a $15 million renovation around its 13 acres. St. Pete Pride Parade The party kicks off at 2 p.m. with the parade stepping off around 7:15 p.m. on June 22. Thousands of people will be dressed in rainbow colors, beads, glitter and costumes to celebrate LGBTQ Pride. The parade starts at North Straub Park and heads south almost to Albert Whitted Park. What's not allowed at the parade: Alcohol Inline skates Laser pointers Radios Skateboards and scooters Fireworks Weapons and firearms Pets TransPride March Right before the Pride Parade, a TransPride March will head down the same route to celebrate all transgender and gender non-conforming people. Participation is free, and the first 1,000 registrants get a TransPride March t-shirt at check-in. The parade is 6:30 - 7 p.m. June 22. St. Pete Pride Festival Tens of thousands will flock to St. Petersburg's Grand Central District for live entertainment, community booths, art and local food. Outside beverages and alcohol will not be allowed, but water and other drinks will be sold in the festival. The festival is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 23. 2227 Central Ave., St. Petersburg