Beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 24, six Gulfportians gathered to decorate the city’s 28-passenger trolley, which is a Gulfport staple in the annual LGBT Pride parade in St. Pete. The parade will be held at night on Saturday, June 25. City officials are expecting a crowd from 70,000 to 100,000.
“We’ve always recognized the value of this event,” said Gulfport Councilmember Yolanda Roman. “This year, our participation symbolizes a sign of unity and community because we represent Gulfport, the country and Orlando. We have no hesitation participating regarding the tragedy that happened in Orlando. This will most likely be the biggest Pride event in the country.”
The trolley is a show of support for the central Florida city that on June 12 experienced the worst mass shooting in United States history at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub, that left 49 people dead and 53 others wounded.