Friendly City pride 

Friendly City Pride: May 26TH, 3PM-10PM at Oscura in

Downtown Bradenton, Florida!

We are bringing Pride back to Bradenton! Join us on May 26th for Friendly City Pride.


Opening ceremony: Meet Valerie Fisher, Founder of Manatee Pride that paved the way for Manatee County to have its first Pride ever with and her wonderful team.

Learn about the history of Pride in Manatee County:
The first-ever Manatee Pride was held at the Bradenton Riverwalk in March 2014, and drew over 1,500 attendees, impressive for the first year event!  In 2018, over 50 vendors and 4,000 people attended the 5th Annual Festival.

What to expect at Friendly City Pride:
Arts – Music – Food Trucks
Coffee + Craft Cocktails + N/A Drinks
Community Partners and Non-Profits

Presented by: Fabulous Arts Foundation & Friendly City Foundation



816 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208




Photo from Manatee Pride website

May 26th, 2024

Free Admission | Donations appreciated

Proceeds benefit our LGBTQ+ programming for Manatee County at Oscura through a partnership with Fabulous Arts Foundation & Friendly City Foundation. Support groups and special programming to lift up our community in Manatee.  Pick yp your new 2024 short for  Friendly City Pride and proceeds goes back into the community. 


Valerie Fisher (she/her)

Valerie Fisher (she/her)

Opening Ceremony with Founder of Manatee Pride

Valerie Fisher is a National Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  In private practice, she provides individual, couples and family counseling; areas of focus include domestic abuse, anger management, addictions and LGBTQ+ counseling. 

Volunteering, Valerie served as President of the Board of Directors of Prism Youth Initiative  (Manatee County’s only LGBTQ+ youth advocacy program) from 2014 until Prism merged with Also Youth.  She and her wife, Melissa Rhodes donated space and facilitated weekly (and more) group activities with LGBTQ+ youth in Manatee County.  She also served as the Chair of Manatee Pride Festival – the primary annual fundraiser for Prism Youth Initiative from 2014 until Prism merged with Also.


DJ | Daliganja

DJ | Daliganja


completely unhinged artist | DJ | poet “Poetry of Thee Insane” | founder of @ARTHousefl

Kiki ButterMischief Lords

Kiki ButterMischief Lords


Hi, my name is Kiki ButterMischief Lords and I always put butter on my toast! I am originally from Miami, FL but I was raised, and got my start as an entertainer, in Sarasota. I began performing locally in 2014 and I now perform all over Florida, with regular features throughout the Tampa Bay and Orlando. I am also a part of the legendary House of Lords, based in Miami. I have been working as a makeup artist since 2014, for both Sephora and MAC, as well as freelancing for events, photoshoots, etc. I was also featured in the nationwide Sephora Pride Month campaign in 2020, celebrating the history of drag. Now, I’m ready to spread it like butter all over the world!

Wanda T Cosmos

Wanda T Cosmos

4pm Wanda T. Cosmos is a electrifying and energy driven entertainer originally from rural Ohio. She has been local to the Bradenton area for 4 years, and has been doing drag for 3 years. She found that with it, she discovered happiness within and true expression of herself. Wanda has been spotted performing at venues all over the Tampa Bay Area, such as Cocktail St. Pete, The Spookeasy, The Garage, Enigma, Southern Nights Tampa, Kava Social Club, The Purple Rhino, and she most recently appeared as Riff Raff in the Manatee County Players production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Wanda also recently graduated from Full Sail University with her Bachelor of Science in Game Design in February. She strives to serve her community, cultivate peace and happiness and hopes that with drag, we can truly change the world for the better. Go add a little magic to someone’s life!




Now In Color is a dynamic new four-piece rock band out of Sarasota, FL, blending infectious pop-rock melodies with powerful instrumentation, heavy drums, and heartfelt lyricism.

voices of Florida TSI & Sarah

voices of Florida TSI & Sarah


Voices of Florida is a Florida-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit formerly known as Women’s Voices of Southwest Florida Fund dedicated to defending reproductive freedoms and human rights, and empowering our communities through education, outreach and direct action.

We have one unified message in response to harmful policy that threatens the well-being of Floridians: don’t tread on us.

Sorry Barb

Sorry Barb


Sorry Barb is the housewife inside us all exploring the eccentricities of classic, flawed Americana. A love letter and a hit list all at once, signed with a sax solo and stamped with maternal kitsch.





MeteorEYES’s music and performance is incredibly captivating, and it’s clear that they are deeply committed to promoting equality and social justice through their art.

Shannon Fortner’s passionate and gripping vocals sound like they would be truly captivating to experience live. It’s great to hear that the band’s epic light show adds to the experience and creates a truly immersive environment where everyone can let go and dance together.

It’s also impressive to hear about George Bikos’s guitar skills and his experience touring with other bands. And David Curran’s dedication to keeping the house party vibe alive with MeteorEYES is admirable.

But what really stands out about MeteorEYES is their commitment to creating a fellowship of solidarity towards basic human equality. It’s clear that they are using their music to promote important messages and create a space where everyone can feel accepted and celebrated.


Peace Cult

Peace Cult


“Peace Cult is an alt pop / punk rock group that combines elements of grunge, indie, and an old school, garage-rock style and sound to their music. Based out of Tampa, Florida, this 4-piece consists of front-woman Emma Treneff, guitarist Colten Catrett, drummer Marina Moyer, and bassist Bobbi McElroy. Collectively, Peace Cult’s members value the true push and pull of emotion and the creation of a fun and welcoming environment with their live performances. This is evident not only on stage, but in their studio recordings as well. 

Inspirations for their music range from modern day pop-rock like Paramore and Soccer Mommy to classics like Green Day, Jimi Hendrix and Bikini Kill – pooling only the best of the raw musical elements of punk’s past to create their unique present day representation of the timeless culture.”


The Tilt

The Tilt


The Tilt is an experimental pop rock band from Southwest Florida with an ever-expanding style and palette. Consisting of vocalist/drummer William Gensmer, bassist Taylor Panico, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Zeta Io, and vocalist/guitarist Sawyer Dobbs, the quartet’s flexible sound encompasses everything from jazz and funk, to punk and hardcore, to pop, dance, and more. After releasing various singles and bringing an unpredictable and energetic live show to stages across Florida, The Tilt released their debut album, Up the Gospel, on August 5th, 2022 and will be releasing their sophomore album, It Was Supposed to Be Heaven, on June 9, 2023.

Meet our partner !

Friendly City Foundation

Friendly City Foundation

501(c)3 non profit

The Friendly City Foundation is creating relevant and accessible opportunities for emerging and underestimated communities in Bradenton/Sarasota. Through our different programs we are creating more avenues for mentoring, opportunity, resources, and education to anyone looking to take their next step in business.

Some of Our Programs.

-The Friendly City Flea: Curated monthly Artist + Musician Market

-Project M.O.R.E: Student Mentoring Program

-L.I.V.E: Local Investment in Venture & Entrepreneurs.

-Old Manatee Historic District: Revitalization Project

We create equity in our community for those who learn, live, work, and play to have positions of influence and place.

Equity + Equal Opportunity

Friendly City Foundation exists to cultivate business opportunities for makers, musicians, and creatives of the Bradenton/Sarasota area regardless of race, gender, age, socioeconomic, or ethnic background in an inclusive entrepreneurial network of like-minded friends and resources.



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