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On House floor, Charlie Crist says of St. Pete Pride: ‘Be loud and be proud’

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For the first time since it started 15 years ago, the St. Pete Pride parade is moving from the Grand Central District and heading downtown, with the party beginning at 2 p.m. and the parade kicking off around 6:30 p.m.

On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, Charlie Crist gave a shout-out to the event in a brief address.

Here was the text of his address:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the St. Pete Pride Parade for its significance to Pinellas County, Florida and our LGBTQ community.

Every June, for the past 15 years, the St. Pete Pride Parade has brightened the streets of my hometown leaving joy, love, and equality in its wake.

It has become one of the largest Pride celebrations in the country, hosting over 200,000 attendees last year alone – all possible thanks to our large, diverse LGBTQ community, and city leadership that understands this community is a source of our strength.

As we mark one year since the 49 souls were taken from us at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando,
this Pride is much more than a celebration.

It is a vibrant act of strength for a community that has endured persecution simply for being who they are, and who they love.

As St. Pete looks forward to the celebration this weekend, I wish the community happy Pride!

Be loud and be proud!  Because we’re proud of you.


Pride activities begin Wednesday night, with the reception at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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