By Natalie Weber | Times staff
Photo by Lauren Witte | Times
Published Jun. 25 | Updated Jun. 28
After two years of muted celebration, St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront came alive with anticipation.
Thousands crowded along Bayshore Drive and in the North and South Straub parks, sporting rainbow socks, flags and tutus. They danced to Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough” and licked popsicles in the almost 90-degree weather, the heat barely abated by overhead clouds.
It was the 20th anniversary of St. Petersburg’s annual Pride celebration. So much had changed since the first, when the only public acknowledgment of the parade from City Hall came from a single council member.
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