VIRTUAL EVENT: Watch the unfurling of the 375-foot-long rainbow flag

Unfurling of a giant rainbow flag

The St. Pete Pride Parade won’t happen this year. The event represents inclusivity and equality, and celebrates love. The Sunshine City is still ready to show its pride with the new event “Together We Rise.” The event is will stream live on Facebook and the community is encouraged to tune in to watch as volunteers show their Pride while unfurling the flag.

This is an initiative to help create bridge for the LGBTQ+ community and the African American community in St. Petersburg. The event is scheduled for June 27 from 8-9pm at 600 Bayshore Drive and represents a partnership between Come OUT St Pete, Inc, the Dr. Carter G Woodson African American Museum, and Project No Labels. Event organizers are asking all like-minded organizations to assist in solidarity.

Show your St. Pete Pride 

The event will feature the unfurling of the 375 foot rainbow flag provided by Come OUT St Pete — and organizers are still seeking volunteers.  Approximately 120 Volunteers will be given a commemorative t-shirt and mask to assist with the unfurling.

Participants will also perform nine-minute kneeling, and observe a moment of silence for George Floyd of Minneapolis, Tony McDade of Tallahassee, Rayshard Brooks of Atlanta, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells of Philadelphia, and Riah Milton of Liberty Township.

This will be followed by a candlelight vigil.

The event will observe social distancing 

Social distancing will be implemented during the event as volunteers will stand roughly 6 feet apart during the unfurling.

Keep up with all the details by visiting the Facebook Event Page.

Additional t-shirts and masks may be sold to benefit the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St Petersburg. The museum has held outreach programs in the past for Black Pride, and exhibits of LGBT musicians, and the organizers hope to further our partnership with them to expand their outreach.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to register online.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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