The St. Pete Pride 2022 Guide, a street carnival, huge parade, and Todrick Hall

The St. Pete Pride 2022 Guide, a street carnival, huge parade, and Todrick Hall

Image of St. Pete Pride parade on Central Avenue with tents and crowds of people walking

Florida’s largest LGBTQ+ Pride celebration is back, and the 2022 calendar of festivities is more packed than ever before. Kicking off this June (with events even beginning in May), this year’s St. Pete Pride is set to be the biggest in its history as the month-long festival celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Not only is the Pride Parade back for the first time since 2019, but this year’s festivities will also include a pride concert, a Juneteenth celebration, and a massive carnival that will shut down the streets in Grand Central. With the expanded calendar of events and the return of the parade, organizers say they expect this to be the most highly-attended St. Pete Pride in its 20 year history, launching it into the Top 10 of the country’s largest Pride celebrations.

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Local organizations are also doing their part to welcome Pride’s full-scale return to the Burg. Metro Inclusive Health’s inclusivitea cafe is stocked up with unique Pride swag and gifts you won’t find anywhere else, and is hosting a series of month-long events including community yoga, youth socials, game nights, workshops, meetups and more. Check out their calendar for details.

As organizers expect well over 300,000 attendees over the course of the month, St. Pete Pride will continue its mission “to strengthen St. Petersburg’s legacy of inclusion and diversity, providing a safe space for the education, self-exploration, and celebration of our LGBTQIA+ community and allies. By championing equity and representation, we aim to create an open and compassionate community where people are empowered to thrive. No matter who they are.”

20th Annual St. Pete Pride brings incredible event lineup to the Burg

St. Pete Pride 2022 with a slew of big entertainers

As part of the record-setting June, St. Pete Pride is hosting activities for people of all ages, indoors and out, night and day. Scroll through the list and mark your calendar for your favorites. Learn more about St. Pete Pride here.

14th-Annual Miss St Pete Pride Pageant

What: A night of incredible entertainment, music, and fierce competition featuring the best of the area’s Queens! Get ready to be dazzled by a grand display of evening gowns, drag talent, and more glitter than you can imagine!

When: May 22, 5 pm

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Where: Coastal Creative

St. Pete Pride Kickoff Party

What: This ticketed event will bring hundreds of attendees to the Sirata Beach Resort to celebrate the start of Pride season. As the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico, attendees will enjoy a DJ, drag performances, and cocktails.

When: June 1, time TBA

Where: Sirata Beach Resort

Queer-E-Okee

What: The newest addition to the St Pete Pride event lineup will bring hundreds to The Palladium theatre for a hilarious and love-filled evening of music and camaraderie. Celebrity host Carson Kressley will introduce a roster of local queer musicians who will perform some of the LGBTQIA+ community’s most-beloved songs while the audience sings along with the help of karaoke-style lyrics projected onto a large screen.

When: June 11, 7 pm

Where: The Palladium

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Sandra Bernhard

What: For one night only and as part of St Pete Pride’s 20th anniversary programming, Sandra Bernhard will perform live at The Palladium Theater this June 12th. A pioneer of the one-woman show, Bernhard will bring a completely unique and raucous mix of cabaret, stand-up, rock-n-roll, and social commentary to her live stage performance.

When: June 12, 7 pm

Where: The Palladium

Stonewall Reception

What: This exclusive, VIP reception at the James Museum will bring together community luminaries including St Pete Pride sponsors, community partners, and government officials. Guests will mingle over drinks, light bites and entertainment.

When: June 17

Where: The James Museum

LGBTQ+ Youth & Family Day

What: This joy-filled event will bring thousands of LGBTQ+ youth, queer families and allies to North and South Straub Park for this one-of-a-kind Pride event. Last year’s event was a remarkable reflection of St. Pete’s diverse and open-minded community, with many of the attendees being ally families. Guests will enjoy family-focused activities, vendors, and main stage performances.

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When: June 18

Where: North and South Straub Parks

Shades of Pride

What: With host Ts Madison, Shades of Pride will celebrate the history of Juneteenth while showcasing the Art and Qulture of our Black and Brown LGBTQ+ siblings. Join in to learn more about the deep impact of Black and Brown qulture on the LGBTQ+ community as a whole and its deep roots in the evolution of Pride.

When: June 19

Where: The [email protected]

Friday Night Concert

What: This year’s waterfront concert in the Straub Parks will be ticketed and feature high-profile national artists Todrick Hall and Pussy Riot, paired with the region’s top LGBTQ+ artists. Thousands of attendees
will stroll the waterfront, enjoying vendors, food trucks and interactive activities.

When: June 24

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Where: North and South Straub Parks

Pride Parade

What: One of the country’s largest pride parades will bring tens of thousands of marchers and attendees to the St. Pete waterfront to celebrate our community. The largest of St Pete Pride’s signature events, the parade brings together members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies to enjoy the parade and a large-scale event. National musical artists will anchor a dynamic mainstage lineup that also features Florida’s most-beloved LGBTQ+ talent.

When: June 25

Where: Downtown, EDGE and Grand Central

Street Carnival

What: St Pete Pride’s popular Sunday street festival will be reimagined as a carnival, bringing tens of thousands of people of all ages to the Grand Central District to enjoy block after block of entertainment, vendors, food, community partners, and interactive carnival games. With multiple performance stages, roaming street performers, and hundreds of participating businesses and organizations, there will be something for everyone.

When: June 26

Where: Grand Central District

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Transtastic

What: St Pete Pride welcomes the trans community and their friends with an intimate event featuring entertainment, drinks and light bites.

When: June 28

Where: Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

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