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PrideFest Highlights

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 5, 2001


Friday

  • Meet the Stars Reception/Tampa Bay Gay & Lesbian Community Awards Ceremony, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's Rehearsal Hall, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. The Lady Chablis reigns over the meet-and-greet, awards and silent auction. Limited to 200 seats.
  • Hotter Than July Party, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., the Factory, 802 E Whiting St., Tampa. Kick-off party with Chi Chi LaRue and others.

Saturday

  • Commitment Ceremony/PrideRally/PrideParade. 10 a.m. to noon, Lykes Gas Light Park and the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center Multi-faith commitment ceremony and speech by Tammy Faye Messner at the park, followed by a parade back to TBPAC.
  • Tampa Bay Business Guild PrideExpo. Noon-6 p.m., TBPAC. More than 90 entertainment and educational participants including a new group to the festival, Florida Black Pride. Boat rides on the Hillsborough River and autograph session.
  • Sandra Bernhard in Concert. TBPAC.

Sunday

  • Family Values Picnic, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fort De Soto Park, Pinellas County. Cookout, nature trips and games.
  • Pride Retro Tea, 4 p.m. to midnight, Rain Lounge, 302 S Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Close the weekend with '80s retro music and Mr. Hotlanta Contest.

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