Dunedin Celebrates Inaugural Pride Fest With Week Of Activities – Patch


DUNEDIN, FL — Dunedin residents and businesses owners are unfurling their rainbow-hued flags as the city celebrates its first Dunedin Pride Week in partnership with the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce June 11 through 18.

As the city prepares for a pride golf cart parade, special film screening and a Pride Night celebration with the Dunedin Blue Jays at TD Ball Park, Dunedin Chamber of Commerce Chairman Gregory Brady said he’s been amazed at how the community has embraced the event.

“It has been amazing how our community tends to come together like we did during COVID,” Brady said. “All of our sponsors that have come forward, most of them are our small business community, which is really telling that, you know, we do have that support. We are a diverse town and Pride is going to celebrate that.”

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He said Dunedin has long been a community that embraces diversity, and it’s time that the community celebrates the rich contributions of its LGBTQ+ residents and business owners.

“What we’re celebrating is all the different aspects of diversity and those allies that we rely on to integrate well in society,” he said. “We’re a community that is supportive and welcoming of all people.”

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Dunedin’s weeklong celebration will not only recognize the accomplishments and contributions of the LGTBQ+ community, but will raise awareness of issues affecting the LGTBQ+ community.

“Pride is about acceptance, equality, celebrating the work of LGBTQ+ people, education in LGBTQ+ history and raising awareness of issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community,” he said. “We want to recognize the impact LGBTQ people have within the community.”

“As we embark on the celebration of Pride Month, we pause to recognize that our differences spark change, growth and innovation only if we clear the pathway to a more diverse workforce for this to happen,” said Dunedin Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Pamela Pravetz. “Pride Month was created to celebrate our diversity, commemorate those who fought to end our oppression and support those who continue to fight against the ongoing discrimination and bigotry that are sadly still prevalent in our society.”

To kick off National Pride Month in June, the Dunedin City Commission, members of the chamber of commerce and the community gathered in a ceremony on Tuesday to raise the Pride flag at Dunedin City Hall.

The flag-raising was followed up Thursday night when the Dunedin City Commission issued a proclamation proclaiming Dunedin Pride Week.

City of Dunedin
The city of Dunedin and the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce raise the Pride flag.

The festivities will continue Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when Dunedin hosts Puppy Pride Party at Dunedin Pet Supply, 1045 Main St.

Pups and people are invited to visit Dunedin Pet Supply and purchase pup Pride bandanas and T-shirts, with a portion of the proceeds donated to Metro Inclusive Health. The shop’s self-service bath and grooming services will be available, so pups can spruce up for their debut in Dunedin Pride Fest festivities.

There will be free goodies throughout the day, including treats provided by A Pup Above, Fromm, Northwest Naturals and Stella and Chewy. Those making a purchase will be entered into seven “rainbow raffles” for a chance to win gift cards and pet items.

Grandma Lucy’s dog food and treats, Pup Popz frozen popsicles and Pupnic Baskets of Dunedin will be on hand as well with free samples.

GivePet pet supplies is providing dog treats and, for every bag of treats purchased, Dunedin Pet Supply will match the purchase by donating a bag of treats to Pinellas County Animal Services and other local pet rescue groups.

Those bringing donations for a pet rescue group will receive a free Pride coozie as well.

Dunedin Chamber of Commerce
Dunedin Pet Supply will host a Pride Puppy Party Saturday.

Residents are invited to show their pride by purchasing an official Dunedin Pride T-shirt here for $25. There are also limited-edition Dunedin Pride Tervis tumblers available for $35 and limited-edition Dunedin Pride coozies for $5.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, there will be a Dunedin Goes Carting Pride Golf Cart Parade down Main Street from Dunedin Mease Hospital, 601 Main St., to the chamber of commerce tourist information center, 301 Main St. The event is free, but those participating must register online.

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From the chamber of commerce, the parade will turn around and head to TD Ballpark, 373 Douglas Ave., where gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for Pride in the Ballpark.

There will be games on the stadium’s concourse before the first pitch is thrown at 6:30 p.m. The Blue Jays will be outfitted in their Dunedin Pride Night jerseys as they take on the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Click here for tickets.

Those buying tickets through Ticketmaster should use the code 22DBJPRIDE to ensure a portion of the purchase is donated to Dunedin Pride Week charities. Each ticket includes a free ballpark meal.

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The celebration will continue after the game when HOB Brewing Co., 931 Huntley Ave., hosts a silent disco from 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets are available online for $10.

Festivities will continue Sunday, June 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the Fenway Hotel, 453 Edgewater Drive, hosts a Pool Party and Drag Brunch with performances by drag queens and trans performers, featuring MrVyn Suazion, Savannah Lynn and Cesar Augusto Morales, along with contests and giveaways.

Tickets are available online for $35. The cost of brunch is separate.

On Tuesday, June 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., the Dunedin Pride Week organizers will host a free screening of the documentary “Gen Silent” with a Q&A afterward. The critically acclaimed documentary is about LGBTQ older people going back into the closet to survive.

Gen Silent
The documentary “Gen Silence” examines the older LGBTQ community’s resilience to loneliness and social isolation.

On Wednesday, June 15 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., The Honu, 516 Grant St., will offer a Dunedin Pride Week Eat the Rainbow dinner for Dunedin Pride Week before the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave., hosts a watch party featuring a free series of short films presented by the Dunedin International Film Festival.

This will be followed by the Caledonia Pride Party at Caldedonia Brewing, 587 Main St., from 8 p.m. to midnight with video jockey Hural Knight and the release of the official Dunedin Pride Beer. There is no cover charge to attend the event.

On Thursday, June 16, from 6 to 9 p.m., The Honu will host a women’s luau with live music, a luau-style dinner and drink specials. Those attending are invited to dress in festive luau fashion.

Blur Nightclub

On Friday June 17, from 9 p.m. to 3 p.m., Blur Nightclub, 325 Main St., will host the Love is Love Pride Show and Dance Party featuring drag queen performances and drink specials. There is no cover charge.

Monica Moore
Monica Moore will provide the featured entertainment at the Dunedin Pride Gay-Lah.

The festivities will wrap up Saturday, June 18, when the Fenway Hotel hosts the Dunedin Pride Gay-Lah. It will include cocktails starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Fenway Bar downstairs. Then head upstairs to the Hi-Fi Rooftop Bar at 6 p.m. on the terrace and inside bar for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a social time.

The pride speaker’s panel will begin at 7 p.m.

Monica Moore will open with a performance followed by a welcome from Dunedin Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski and a panel of Pride speakers.

The event will also include a short clip show of the documentary, “Gen Silent,” followed by Dunedin City Commissioner Maureen “Moe” Freaney and Brady announcing the winners of the art auction and acknowledging sponsors for the week’s events.

Then, Monica Moore will take to the stage for another performance. Those attending the Gay-Lah will enjoy dinner and a cash bar as they dance the night away to music provided by a DJ.

Tickets are $150 and are available here.

Click here for the schedule of Dunedin Pride Week events.

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