St. Pete Pride Parade draws tens of thousands - FOX 13 News

St. Pete Pride Parade draws tens of thousands

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) - It was a day of firsts in St. Petersburg, as the largest crowd to date turned out to take in the Pride Parade.

According to organizers at least 120,000 people lined the streets to take in the sights and sounds and support the LGBT community.

For the first time ever, Mayor Rick Kriseman marched in the parade, along with St. Petersburg police and firefighters.

"We want to be that community where everyone is welcome, that is diverse, that is inclusive, that is tolerant," said Kriseman.

The parade started at night, another first in its 12-year history.

Spectators were pleased to see all the support and the colorful costumes.

"Love is love, and that's why we're here, to support it no matter what it looks like," said Kelly Weatherby, a resident.

"I'm here because it's fun. It's festive. You get to see all these painted people, beautiful body artwork. You get to see people's creative sides," said Janene Markuske, a spectator.

Pride weekend continues Sunday with a festival including more than 300 exhibitors and several stages. Festivities start at 11 a.m. and run through 6 p.m.

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