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Manatee Pride and Project Pride SRQ Announce “Suncoast Pride”

ALSO Youth, a local non-profit organization serving the LGBTQ+ youth community in Sarasota & Manatee Counties, and Project Pride SRQ have agreed to combine resources to present “Suncoast Pride” for 2024. The Suncoast Pride event will replace separate “Sarasota Pride” and “Manatee Pride” events that occurred in 2023, building on the vision to unite the LGBTQ+ community in both counties.

Suncoast Pride will include many of the same features of previous Pride events: music and entertainment, food trucks, art & craft vendors, and much more. The new festival’s purpose is for all to stand together, celebrate unity and diversity, and spread the message of love and acceptance.

Suncoast Pride will be held on Saturday October 19, 2024. The location of the event will be announced later this year. Sponsorships and vendor information will be made available through Project Pride SRQ website:

About ALSO Youth: For over 30 years, ALSO Youth has been providing Advocacy, Leadership, Support, & Outreach to LGBTQ+ youth, their allies, and families. We provide these services through youth center programming, community partnerships, education, mental health counseling, and outreach in both Sarasota and Manatee County. We strive to create an accepting and nurturing community where our youth live, study, work, and play by dedicating our focus to ending all forms of violence, bullying, harassment, and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

About Project Pride SRQ: Our Mission is to expand awareness and understanding of the LGBTQ+ community by creating strategic partnerships with local organizations, businesses, and governments toward a shared goal. Our Vision: An all-inclusive community where everyone is equally united, supported and celebrated.

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