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Pride Parade welcomes first St. Pete mayor to participate

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ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

It is a night of first in St. Petersburg.

It’s the city’s first nighttime Gay Pride parade and the first time the mayor of the city has attended the event. The St. Pete Pride Parade is the largest in Florida.

“I’m real proud to be participating in the parade as the mayor this year, " St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said. "We are a great city. We are a diverse city, an inclusive city, and a tolerant city. I think it’s important for the mayor to be here.”

“The impact that this event has on the economy and the impact it has on the city: last year it was estimated about $10 million," he added. "I think it may be as much as $18 million this year. This is a big event for the city. The mayor should be at big events.”

Organizers expect more than 150,000 people to attend the weekend’s events. There are more than 150 floats participating in the Pride Parade Saturday night.

The weekend celebration comes on the heels of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist filing a legal brief Friday asking the court to overturn Florida’s ban on gay marriage.

Crist was a Republican governor when the ban was passed. Gov. Rick Scott has been adamant in his stance against gay marriage.

“We are supposed to be a country with equal rights for everyone and our vision here in St. Pete is a city of opportunity, where the sun shines on all and that means everyone,” said Kriseman.

Parade participant John Desmond with PFLAG said the thought of overturning the gay marriage ban gives him hope. PFLAG stands for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

“My son is gay," Desmond said. "He will have the ability to marry, to have the acceptance in the community that he should have, and we are very proud of him.”

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