Live Music, Vendors, Food Trucks, Kids Zone, Raffles, Games, Beer, & More!
The LGBTQ Center of Bay County was proud to sponsor the FIRST Bay Pride Festival in downtown Panama City, Florida.
The Festival in McKenzie Park was open to the public, family friendly and FREE! Everyone enjoyed live music, DJs, craft and merchandise vendors, beer tent, food trucks, raffles, kid zone, stilt walker, face painter, balloon twister artist and free health screening by the Bay County Health Department.
Later we gathered at The Panama City Center for the ARTS for 'Center Stage' where we had a Q&A/Presentation by local author, Jerry Watkins. He discussed his book: Queering the Redneck Riviera. Following the presentation by Jerry, a documentary produced by local GCSC students and featuring local LGBTQ individuals titled, “Voices: Perseverance & the Evolution of Hope” premiered sharing history and personal stories. The documentary was well received and garnered a standing ovation. Finally, the long awaited feature presentation: Stonewall Uprising was shown.
The night was topped off with the Bay Pride After-Party at The Funky Mermaid downtown for drinks, food and fun with our festival MCs Ambrosia Starling and Anastasya Leigh Valentine performing.
In all, the festival was a resounding success regardless of the rainy weather that started the day. In the end it was sunshine and even a rainbow as the very first Bay Pride Festival made history.