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Photos: Tampa Pride Festivities Attract Thousands To Ybor City

Organizers of the Tampa Pride Street Festival and Parade said it's the first large Pride celebration in the country in 2021.

Last year's Tampa Pride event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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This year, thousands showed up to celebrate despite a year of COVID-19 losses and hits to the LGBTQ community through a slew of proposed anti-trans bills in Florida and across the county.

It's also quickly approaching the fifth anniversary of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting.

This year's Pride parade was well attended by local politicians, such as Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, as well as notables like Florida Rep. Kathy Castor and former Gov. Charlie Crist, who's running for governor again next year.

St. Pete Pride is scheduled to return next month, with four themed Pride weeks. You can see the schedule of events here.

RELATED: St. Pete Pride Set To Return In June

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