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Huge turnout for St. Pete Pride parade

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

Scattered showers apparently did not dampen the crowds at the St. Petersburg Pride Promenade and Street Festival. 

 In past years, more than 50 thousand people have attended the annual event and this year organizers think those numbers could be even greater in light of this weeks Supreme Court ruling.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and features a parade, live music, food and street vendors.  Motorists will see delays around Central Avenue which is closed from 21st street to 28th street. That area is expected to reopen to normal traffic around 6 p.m. Saturday.

Festival parking is available throughout the Grand Central District and the downtown area, as well as in lots designated for the event. Parking restrictions will be in place from 21st to 30th Sts. and along the parade route. No Parking signs will be posted; vehicles displaying Residential Parking permits should observe posted signage; owners are encouraged to find alternate parking locations to avoid citations and/or possible relocation.

Motorists should only park in legal parking spaces and observe all posted regulations, avoiding tow away zones. Accessible disabled parking will be available in a lot located at 22nd St. and First Ave. N.

Spectators are encouraged to leave their cars at home or park downtown and use public transportation, including the Central Ave. Shuttle. The Shuttle will operate on a slightly modified route using First Avenues N. and S. to bypass the street festival on Central Ave. Regular shuttle fares will apply (.50 each time you board). Passengers who use other PSTA routes that utilize streets in the Grand Central District will notice slight detours due to the parade until noon. For current route detour information, visit www.psta.net/RiderAlert.htm.

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