Hot & hotter: St. Pete Pride Street Fest in photos

click to enlarge Kali Kali dancers, winners of the BET Wild Out Wednesday competition, performed. - Chip Weiner
Chip Weiner
Kali Kali dancers, winners of the BET Wild Out Wednesday competition, performed.


After huge crowds packed the Grand Central District on Saturday for St.  Pete Pride's first nighttime parade  some observers wondered whether the turnout would be diluted for the street festival the following day. It certainly didn't seem so. At Creative Loafing's booth in the 2600 block of Central Avenue, a steady stream of festivalgoers stopped by to play games (""Every time the wheel spins a drag queen gets her wings"), win prizes, enjoy Todd Bates' shaded installation of past CL Pride covers, and pose for photos by DrunkCameraGuy (aka Chris Spires and Marci Richter). Meanwhile, Chip Weiner roved the festival photographing performers, politicians and other lovable creatures all day long. For more photos from the CL Photo Booth, go to our Facebook page  Find and tag yourself before July 3 and you'll be eligible for a CL Deal drawing!

click to enlarge "Dads Squared" and son smile for the camera in the CL Photo Booth. - DrunkCameraGuy
DrunkCameraGuy
"Dads Squared" and son smile for the camera in the CL Photo Booth.

click to enlarge Harmony Bechdolt gets a smooch from Libby Jean at the Boston Terrier Rescue kissing booth. - Chip Weiner
Chip Weiner
Harmony Bechdolt gets a smooch from Libby Jean at the Boston Terrier Rescue kissing booth.


click to enlarge St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman and his son Samuel stroll through the festival with shaved ice to stay cool. - Chip Weiner
Chip Weiner
St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman and his son Samuel stroll through the festival with shaved ice to stay cool.

click to enlarge Chelsea and Brandice Tossas celebrate their second wedding anniversary at St. Pete Pride. - Chip Weiner
Chip Weiner
Chelsea and Brandice Tossas celebrate their second wedding anniversary at St. Pete Pride.

click to enlarge Chuck and Jeff brought their own shade as temperatures on Central Avenue rose to the mid-90s. - Chip Weiner
Chip Weiner
Chuck and Jeff brought their own shade as temperatures on Central Avenue rose to the mid-90s.

click to enlarge Amber Fowler, Amanda Warra, and Raven Kilpatrick add their positive thoughts to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay's Rainbow of Hope board for suvivors of violence. - Chip Weiner
Chip Weiner
Amber Fowler, Amanda Warra, and Raven Kilpatrick add their positive thoughts to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay's Rainbow of Hope board for suvivors of violence.

click to enlarge Suncoast Squares danced in the street. - Chip Weiner
Chip Weiner
Suncoast Squares danced in the street.

click to enlarge Last year's rain was replaced by blazing sunshine on Central Avenue. - Chip Weiner
Chip Weiner
Last year's rain was replaced by blazing sunshine on Central Avenue.

click to enlarge Gemini Star performed on the community stage. - Chip Weiner
Chip Weiner
Gemini Star performed on the community stage.

click to enlarge Rick Weigard, whose wife died of cancer, promotes the legalization of medical marijuana during Sunday's event. - Chip Weiner
Chip Weiner
Rick Weigard, whose wife died of cancer, promotes the legalization of medical marijuana during Sunday's event.

click to enlarge CL's Gina Moccio helps festivalgoers spin the prize wheel. - Chip Weiner
Chip Weiner
CL's Gina Moccio helps festivalgoers spin the prize wheel.


click to enlarge One of the many happy families that posed in the CL Photo Booth. - DrunkCameraGuy
DrunkCameraGuy
One of the many happy families that posed in the CL Photo Booth.

click to enlarge CL Creative Director Todd Bates created this installation of recent Pride Issue covers. - DrunkCameraGuy
DrunkCameraGuy
CL Creative Director Todd Bates created this installation of recent Pride Issue covers.

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