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Manatee Pride Provides Community Service Hours

Manatee Pride Festival- Saturday 3/17/18

Opportunity to get community service hours by helping with:

  • Festival set up and/or take down (must be able to lift 25 pounds)
  • Festival parking (no lifting required)

Hours on March 17, 2018 ONLY:

  • 8 am to 6 pm (must commit to at least one 4 hour shift):
    • 8 am to noon,
    • 10 am to 2 pm,
    • noon to 4 pm,
    • 2 pm to 6 pm,
    • or all day

FESTIVAL LOCATION: Bradenton Riverwalk 428 – 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton

Must sign up in advance (limited number needed)

Contact Manatee Pride at 941-357-0111 to sign up

Press Release 02-17-17

4th Annual Manatee Pride Festival

LGBTQ Pride event, fundraiser for Prism Youth Initiative, to be held March 18th
at the Bradenton Riverwalk
(Bradenton, FL – Feb. 17, 2017) – The 4th Annual Manatee Pride Festival has grown through the years and this year, the event is growing even more. Fun for the whole family, this year’s event has been expanded by one hour and will have even more vendors, program events and performers.
Attendance at Manatee Pride Festival is free and will again be at the Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion area on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from noon through 6 p.m. Manatee Pride is a fundraiser for Prism Youth Initiative, a private, non-profit community organization, that has been providing services and a safe and supportive center for LGBTQ Youth in Manatee County since 2010.
This year, the event is sponsored by Community AIDS Network. Other returning sponsors include Tropicana (a major Bradenton employer and subsidiary of PepsiCo), Macy’s, Wal-Mart, The Flamingo Resort and Entertainment Center, METV, The Bradenton Herald, Watermark and Watermark Online,, J&J Graphics, and Metro Wellness Centers. We are pleased to welcome, as a first year sponsor, Manatee’s premier craft brewer, Darwin Brewing Co. Their brew master has crafted, especially for our event, a light, crisp refreshing lager “Manatee Pride Beer” available exclusively at the Festival. Also new this year, we welcome and XTC. Sponsorships from $2500 to $250 are still available.
Manatee Pride organizers have been working closely with the City of Bradenton to make this event another success. “We very much appreciate the City’s approval of and support for this event,” said Valerie Fisher, board president of Prism Youth Initiative, the event’s host.
Community AIDS Network will be on site offering health screenings, and METV will record the fun for later broadcast. Many of the sponsors will have a visible on-site presence during the event, along with invited public officials local media, and vendors that include additional community and faith-based organizations and area businesses. The Festival will open this year with an interfaith service, led by clergy from our many local faith communities.
In addition to Darwin Brewing Co., returning food vendors include Riverside Rollin’ Smoke, Croz’s Surfshak, B’s Cool Treats, and Joey D’s.
Scheduled performers include The Hatley Band, Jami Gee, Moxie Moxie and Elaine Bolton; noted drag queens Beneva Fruitville, Felicity Liemont Roxxy, Jaeda Fuentes, KeKe Monroe & Ashlee T. Bangkx; two ensembles from The Players Centre for Performing Arts. DJ Lexx will spin and Big Daddy Ro will be the Master of Ceremonies. A special performance of the Time Warp will be led by Interchangeable Parts.
Public parking for the event is available along the Riverwalk, with overflow parking available in public parking areas in adjacent downtown Bradenton.
More information about the event is available at

Manatee Pride Beer Tasting

This year, Manatee Pride is pleased to announce that Darwin Brewing Company is creating a special craft beer for our 4th Annual Manatee Pride Festival.
A special tasting of MANATEE PRIDE BEER will be held on Monday, February 6, 2017, at 10:00 am at Darwin’s located at 803 17th Avenue West, Bradenton, next to McKechnie Field. Several members from Manatee Pride planning committee will be on hand to sample the brew to be certain it’s just right for our 4th Annual Manatee Pride Festival happening on March 18th from noon to 6 pm, at the Bradenton Riverwalk.
Manatee Pride Festival is a fundraiser for Prism Youth Initiative, Manatee County’s only center for LGBTQ youth.
For more information, contact Valerie Fisher, Manatee Pride Chair at 941-357-0111.

Favorable Press Coverage of Manatee Pride 2015

(Bradenton, Fla.  – March 22, 2015) – Yesterday’s Manatee Pride was a resounding success, building on last year’s inaugural event.  It was an hour longer, larger crowds (~2,000, up from last year’s 1,500), an exceptional stage show, happy attendees, the sponsors and vendors who made this event possible, and the volunteers who helped the celebration go smoothly.
Here’s a very positive press coverage and photos from the area media:

Manatee Pride 2015 Entertainers Announced!

Manatee Pride is excited to announce the major entertainers for Manatee Pride 2015!

Serena ChaCha
Serena ChaCha

Courtesy of Manatee Pride 2015 Stage Sponsor Throb Entertainment Complex, we’re excited to announce that entertainment for Manatee Pride 2015 will include…

Manatee Pride Entertainment Headliners: 

RPDR - White Background…RuPaul’s Drag Race star Serena ChaCha

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… International Drag Superstar & the current reigning Miss Miami Beach Gay Pride TP Lords


Calypso Monroe
Calypso Monroe


… and International Drag Superstar Calypso Monroe

… will entertain with their incredible performances!!!

Early in this year’s Manatee Pride, Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota will showcase their incredible singing talent on stage.

Diversity The Voices of Sarasota
Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota
Beneva Fruitville
Beneva Fruitville

Sarasota entertainment star Beneva Fruitville will add her considerable talent to this year’s Manatee Pride.

Manatee Pride this year will also be graced by Mr. Gay Florida Gay USofA – Roxas Apollo.

Throb Entertainment Complex/Barrel 87 Saloon‘s own Ronny B. will serve as Manatee Pride 2015 Master of Ceremonies.  “This is going to be a blast!” predicts Ronny!

And throughout this year’s event, Billboard Magazine reporting DJ Greg Anderson will start the party at noon and keep the crowd excited and energized all the way until this year’s Manatee Pride sunsets at 5 p.m.

Additional local entertainers may still be added.  Contact for on-stage visibility opportunities.

Manatee Pride is incredibly grateful to the exceptionally generous contributions and efforts of Bradenton entrepreneur Brian Zickafoose, Manatee Pride 2015’s entertainment coordinator and Master of Ceremonies Ronny Barnett, and Stage Sponsor Throb Entertainment Complex/Barrel 87 Saloon for making it all possible!

Manatee Pride 2015 will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from noon until 5:00 p.m. in the Pavilion and Event area of the Bradenton Riverwalk.

Manatee Pride 2015 is made possible by the generous contributions of our major event sponsors:

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Major Sponsors Announced for Manatee Pride 2015!

Manatee Pride Logo-01 Manatee Pride 2015 is pleased to announce the sponsors for Manatee Pride 2015, which  will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from noon until 5:00 p.m. in  the beautiful Bradenton Riverwalk‘s Pavilion and Event area.

Major sponsors for Manatee Pride 2015 will include Tropicana and Macy’s, whose generous support makes the event possible.

Stage Sponsor Throb Entertainment Complex/Barrel 87 Saloon is providing Manatee Pride 2015’s exciting on-stage entertainment line-up.

This year’s media sponsors have been incredibly generous.  Bright House Networks is providing 500 spots on various cable channels, airing a Manatee Pride 2015 public service announcement created by Manatee Educational Television (METV).  As Manatee Pride’s official mainstream Media Sponsor, the Bradenton Herald is providing advertising coverage in advance of Manatee Pride 2015.

In the LGBT media, Watermark provided generous design work and is providing generous media and advertising coverage for Manatee Pride 2015. and are providing substantial advance publicity and support.

Food at the event will be provided for sale as special event prices by the acclaimed Tableseide Restaurant Group, which includes the avant-garde Louies ModernLibby’s Cafe & Bar, and The Francis restaurants.

All net proceeds from Manatee Pride 2015 go to support Prism Youth Initiative, a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing services to LGBTQ youth in Manatee County, Florida.

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