10 blocks of Central Ave shutting down for Sunday’s Pride in Grand Central Street Carnival

10 blocks of Central Ave shutting down for Sunday’s Pride in Grand Central Street Carnival

People roaming through a street carnival
Photo courtesy City of St. Pete

This Sunday, 10 blocks of Central Avenue are being transformed into a gigantic street carnival, all in celebration of Pride Month. The family-friendly “Pride in Grand Central” street carnival takes place from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday, June 26, running along Central Avenue from 22nd Street to 31st Street.

The streets will be closed to traffic, just as they were for the Halloween in Grand Central party, allowing festival-goers to roam as they please and explore all that will be on display. In addition to specials from the many shops, restaurants and bars lining Central Avenue, there will also be live music, roving street performers, food trucks, an expansive market lining the sidewalks, carnival games, and much more.

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From face painting and free hot dogs at Grand Central Brewhouse, to an art market with live music at Studio Pub, the entire neighborhood will be decked out in Pride colors and firmly set in party mode. The event, which marks the final grand celebration of St. Pete Pride, is presented by CAN Community Health and is completely free to attend, open to all ages.

There will be multiple performance stages, interactive games and experiences, karaoke, best dressed contests, headliner concerts (check out CeCe Peniston at Cocktail), and much more, with hundreds of local businesses in attendance. And if you need some good pride gear (for humans or their pets) be sure to stop by inclusivitea for the city’s biggest collection.

Pride in Grand Central is expected to draw thousands as one of the month’s premier events, and while there are only 10 blocks shut down to traffic, the festivities will be spread all throughout the district. From live music and cold beer at 3 Daughters Brewing, to mini golf and tasty dumplings at Par Bar, the celebration is truly a full neighborhood affair.

Be sure to check out our full guide of Pride events to see everything happening this weekend around St. Pete.

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