Why this Date: The 18th annual St Pete Pride parade was scheduled for this date but was canceled due to COVID-19.
What: An initiative to help bridge the LGBTQ+ community and the African American community. #TogetherWeRise #BlackLivesMatter #StPeteStrong
Who: Come OUT St Pete, Inc, Dr. Carter G Woodson African American Museum, Inc, Project No Labels, and asking all like-minded organizations to assist in solidarity.
How: Unfurling the 375 foot rainbow flag provided by Come OUT St Pete, Two groups of approximately 50 Volunteers will be given a commemorative t-shirt and mask to assist with the unfurling. There will also be an approximate nine-minute kneeling and 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, followed by a candlelight vigil. To ensure safety the event will be focused on media, social media exposure, including pictures and video, not spectators.
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 we hope to further our partnership with them to expand their outreach.
A Special Thank You! to HSN for sponsoring this event.
St. Petersburg Distillery is providing hand sanitizer for all volunteers and check-in stations!