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Make Your Voice Heard at St. Pete Pride


AARP Tampa Bay is ready to plug into the buzz this month at St. Pete Pride, one of the area’s largest and most eclectic festivals.

Among hundreds of vendors at the LGBT-themed event—recognized by AARP as part of its commitment to diversity—will be a Listening Post on June 28 seeking ideas about how to improve the community.

Michelle Cyr, AARP field coordinator for Tampa Bay, said Listening Post staff and volunteers will ask festival-goers about topics ranging from transportation to parks and health care.

“Scientific surveys are important, but so are opportunities like this,” Cyr said.  “Every voice in the community needs to be heard.”  Hosting Listening Posts at area events is part of the effort to get St. Petersburg to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.

AARP’s Listening Post will be set up at the street festival on Central Avenue on the last day of the official three-day St. Pete Pride celebration. The booth will be between 23rd and 24th streets from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you can’t stop by, there are other ways to make your voice heard, Cyr said.

Find out more at and send comments to or tweet at @AARPTampaBay.​​
—George Edmonson

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