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 [email protected] 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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Media Coverage of Manatee Pride 2014

  • Bradenton Officials Quietly Approve Manatee County’s First ……/bradenton-officials-quietly-approve-manate

    Oct 24, 2013 – The Manatee Pride Festival will be from Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at the Riverwalk downtown. It will feature live music in the …

  • Bradenton welcomes gay community to first Manatee ……/bradenton-welcomes-gay-…

    The Bradenton Herald

    Mar 23, 2014 – There was music, food, beer and good times being had Saturday afternoon as many came out to show their pride as Bradenton hosted its …

  • Bradenton hosts first Manatee Pride Festival –…/bradenton-hosts-first-man

    The Bradenton Herald

    Mar 20, 2014 – The first Manatee Pride Festival brings food trucks, craft beer and live music to Bradenton’s Riverwalk.

  • A first for Manatee County- the Manatee Pride Festival held ……manateemanateepride…/article_3818…


    Mar 22, 2014 – BRADENTON, FLA. – Manatee County celebrated diversity in downtown Bradenton on Saturday with the first Manatee Pride Festival.

  • Manatee Pride | Watermark Online

    Jack Newton looked around Bradenton Riverwalk March 22 and was amazed. Not only by the size of the inaugural Manatee Pride, but the age range of those …

  • Equality Florida at Manatee Pride! | Equality Florida

    Equality Florida

    Mar 27, 2014 – Well it’s also the most fitting word for my experience at Manatee Pride. I have worked Pride events before but this wasn’t like before. Everyone …