St. Pete Pride cancels ‘in-person events’ for 2020, seeks alternative ways to celebrate

It was set for June 22-28.

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St. Pete Pride—one of the Southeast's biggest gay pride celebrations—is canceled for 2020, and organizers are looking for “alternative ways” to celebrate.

Organizers of the parade made the announcement on Thursday, saying that the “level of uncertainty and lack of clear guidance from experts prompted the decision to cancel” the party set for June 22-28. A month ago, St Pete Pride Board President Chrys Bundy told Creative Loafing Tampa that he was looking at September 26 as a postponed date, but the health of the community as it comes out of the coronavirus pandemic must’ve prevailed.

“The Board deemed the health and safety of our community, both near and far, most important,” a press release said. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman added that he was saddened by the cancellation, but respected the decision.

“Our shared focus and most important job is public safety,” Kriseman said. “St Pete Pride certainly recognizes this.”

The news, combined with the cancellation of Tampa Pride 2020, means the Bay area is without a large scale gay pride celebration this year.

St. Pete Pride’s release says organizers are working with community partners and sponsors to “come up with alternative ways to celebrate pride as a community, while also respecting the current conditions of the world and everyone’s safety.”

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