HAPPY PRIDE! St Pete Pride starts this week and there is
a full line-up of events and shows. Good news, a lot of the
events are FREE that way everyone can show thier PRIDE and support.
VIP and GLAMSTANDS tickets available for a more personalized
experience. One of the events is already sold out!
Tampa Bay Gay's Editor, Dave Borman, had a chance to ask some
questions to Executive Director, Luke Blankenship and Fernando
Chonqui, St Pete Pride's Development Director. In this Exclusive
Interview, Dave get's the scoop on PRIDE week events, who's
performance was JUST ANNOUNCED, what is sold out, and
what are the GLAMSTANDS & VIP? We also discuss what PRIDE
means now more than ever as St Pete Pride recognizes STONEWALL
50 years later.
Aerial image of the St Pete Pride Parade
(Image: St Pete Pride)
Borman- What's to be expected at this year's St Pete Pride?
The Major Highlights and is anything "sold out"?
Chonqui and Luke Blankenship- This year is gearing
up to be our best yet! Three big headliners between our Friday
and Saturday concerts. A repeated, always welcomed, firework
spectacular. A kick-off party along beautiful St. Pete Beach.
A newly designed and thorough mobile app with all of the events,
business directory, and information about St Pete Pride. And
of course, the largest LGBT parade celebration in the state
As of today (6/17), the Stonewall reception at the Museum
of Fine Arts is the only thing that is sold out. We still
have a few tickets left for the SP2 concert VIP viewing experience,
as well as the Glamstands, and the newly announced, All
Day VIP Viewing Experience at the Wells Fargo Main Stage
entertainment on Saturday before and after the parade.
June 19-23, 2019
Can you give us a little preview of the Kick-Off Party, Stonewall
Reception, SP2 Concert, Night Parade and Street Festival.
What better way to kick-off pride that at a newly renovated
resort along our beautiful St. Pete Beach? The Kick-Off party
starts at 7PM (6/19) at the Sirata Beach Resort.
The Stonewall reception (6/20) is the perfect excuse to put
on your nice gown and come celebrate Pride and art at the
stunning Museum of Fine Arts. This year, we will have the
"Art of Fashion" show. A fashion show like no other with a
wide vision of the world of fashion.
The SP2 concert (6/21), headlined by Lisa Loeb, will also
feature Jessica Real and Divine AF.
The Night Parade (6/22) will kick-off with the Annual TransPride
March, culminate with a performance by VASSY and a firework
show will immediately follow.
And last, but not least, a crowd favorite, the St Pete Pride
Street Festival (6/23) showcasing over 250+ vendors on Central
Avenue between 22nd and 29th Street.
Beach Resort -
St Pete Pride Kick-off Party 6/19/19
SP2 Concert featuring Lisa Loeb; can you tell me a little about
the concert? (ins and outs, do's and don't's? VIP?)
The concert will be hosted by Alexis Mateo and will also feature
Divine AF and Jessica Real. This concert is a fundraising
event to assist various Tampa Bay community organizations.
Doors to the North Straub Park will open at 6PM. There are
still VIP viewing tickets available.
Do: bring mosquito spray, your VIP ticket (printed or on your
phone) your best vocal chords, cash and your id, have fund
and be kind to one another, download the St Pete Pride app.
Don't's: bring any drinks and or food, we have them on site.
Expect to be able to buy tickets online, get them ahead of
time. Try to get in before 6 PM, doors open right at 6.
Loeb - Headlining the SP2 Concert 6/21/2019
Glam Stands and VIP; Can you share with us what these sections
are, the pricing, what is included (the benefits), and what
events are offering this?
VIP Viewing Tickets for the SP2 Concert (ft. Lisa Loeb)
are $50 and include:
- Front of stage access for the entire concert
- Two complimentary premium drinks
- Lounge area with couches and additional seating
- Private bathrooms
- View of backstage
All day VIP Viewing Tickets for the Saturday Entertainment
are $15 and include:
- Tickets include all-day access from 2pm - 11pm to front
of stage viewing area at the Wells Fargo Main Stage. Including
our Pre-Parade headliners Beth Sacks and After Parade Headliner,
Glamstand Tickets are $85 and include:
- General VIP Glamstand Admission provides admission into
the glamstand area. The area includes an open premium bar,
bleacher seating and air conditioned bathrooms.
- Doors open at 5PM.
designated seating area
This year recognizes the 50th Year since the Stonewall Riots.
A common question during PRIDE month is "What is PRIDE to
you?" Do you think that we are in "similar times" or have
we dramatically grown as an LGBTQ+ Community? Does our PRIDE
still have similar meanings?
This is an excellent question. Have we made progress as a community?
Absolutely! We recently celebrated the legalization of equal
marriage in several countries around the world, Ecuador, my
home country (fernando's), being one of them. Are we
done? Absolutely not! It is important to celebrate the victories
that we get from our advocacy, but we need to not forget that
there are several countries where being a member of the LGBT
community is illegal and often results in the death penalty.
Even in the United States, there are states, and counties where
members of our Trans family still face discrimination and/or
do not have the same rights as Cisgender folks. I believe PRIDE
does have that similar meaning of, "we are tired of inequality;
we are here to fight for our rights." But, now, it also
mean(s), "we are celebrating that every day we move a bit
closer to equality."
Rita Ora had to cancel her concert following the night parade
(in addition to other shows in other cities) due to unforeseen
circumstances. What is the plan for the After PRIDE Parade Celebration?
Or is it a surprise?
Many people enjoy St Pete Pride and it brings a lot of visitors
to the area. But St Pete Pride assists the community in so many
ways throughout the year. What are some of those groups and
Absolutely! It is important for us to support the community.
We do this for them, and we are always looking for ways to
give back. Some of those organizations we support include
Metro Inclusive Health, Empath Health / EPIC, the Tampa Bay
International Gay & Lesbian Film & Art Festival, Suncoast
Softball League, The Tampa Bay Bears, Aids Healthcare Foundation
/ Out of the Closet, Family Resources, St Petersburg Area
Chamber of Commerce / St. Pete Young Professionals.
We also put on an event during earlier in the year called,
Taste of Pride. We invite some of the most recognized,
LGBT friendly restaurants in the Tampa Bay Area to share their
best tastings and ask the audience to vote for their favorite.
The winner receives a grant from St Pete Pride for them to
donate to the charity of their choice.
We hope to see everyone out for the St Pete PRIDE Celebration!
For more info on St Pete Pride please visit:
Bay Gay is a PROUD Sponsor of St Pete Pride 2019
Dave Borman - Tampa Bay Gay Editor