Tampa Pride returns this month with street festival, food truck alley, and parade

large rainbow flag being unfurled during a parade

Tampa Pride officially returns on May 22, and the programming will include a street festival with local vendors, a craft show, a food alley, and a Pride at Night Event at the Cuban Club.

New this year will be the Pride at Night fun inside the iconic Tampa Cuban Club, and in the Cuban Club’s outdoor courtyard. The Cuban Club’s outdoor facilities have over 40,000 square feet available with a permanent bar.

Those visiting The Cuban Club will be treated to the one and only Martha Wash singing “It’s Raining Men” live.

large truck with a rainbow design wrapped around it
Exterior of the Pride-wrapped Rainbow Rider || Photo via Tampa Pride on Facebook

Celebrate Tampa Pride at night

Organizers have teased special arrivals like the massive Rainbow Rider. This Pride-themed truck is the brainchild of LGBT Truckers, the first and largest organization meant to support LGBTQ individuals in the trucking industry. It was founded by Shelle Lichti who has nearly three decades of experience in the trucking industry.

Singer Pepper Mashay and Jay Miah are set to perform live during the event.

A slew of the best food trucks in the entire Tampa Bay region will be out in full force to serve the famished Pride revelers.

It all begins at 11am on May 22 in the Cuban Club Parking Lot (2010 N Avenida Republica de Cuba).

Volunteer with Pride

Want to help make this event come to life.

Volunteers are always welcome to help set up and breakdown in the morning and evenings. Learn more about volunteer opportunities with our local Pride event here.

The 6th annual Diversity Parade will take place in historic Ybor City, also known as the GaYBOR District. This has become a historical and annual spring event when Florida weather is most enjoyable!

Once again the parade will wind its way east from the corner of Nuccio Parkway and E 7th Avenue, down E 7th Avenue to N 20th Street where it will turn north to disperse.

The parade will start at 4:00pm in front of Centro Ybor with a special community tribute.

A parade with a large float moves down a narrow street as onlookers watch from either side
Tampa Pride Parade 2019 || Photo via Tampa Pride

The Pride parade returns to Ybor City

Can’t wait to celebrate Pride?

A concert is set for this Sunday, May 16, at the Cuban Club. The Pride Music and Art Festival will begin with the talented visual artists from the Tampa Bay area. The artwork presentation is created, procured, and coordinated by LaTonya Hicks. The festival will conclude with Tampa Bay Pride Band’s very own Tampa Bay Symphonic Winds.

The show begins at 1:30pm and runs through 6pm. Those interested in getting tickets and order theirs online.

Can’t make it out to the festivities but want to support Tampa Pride? You can always donate direct to the organization.

All festival details can be found on Tampa Pride’s website, and by following the organization on Facebook and Instagram.

Cover image via Tampa Pride on Instagram

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Written by Andrew Harlan

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