Friendly City pride 

Join us for the first Friendly City Pride on May 26th from 3 PM – 10 PM at Oscura Live in Bradenton, Florida!

816 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208

Opening ceremony:
Valerie Fisher, Founder of Manatee Pride that paved the way for Manatee County to have its first Pride ever with her wonderful team, and will do our opening ceremony. 
Learn about the history:
The first-ever Manatee Pride was held at the Bradenton Riverwalk in March 2014, and drew over 1,500 attendees, impressive for a first year event.  In 2018, over 50 vendors and 4,000 people attended our 5th Annual Festival. 
We are bringing Pride back to Bradenton, Florida to celebrate and rally our community to come together.
Special announcements very soon, stay tuned.
Two Stages
Food Trucks
Performances+ Sign-up to participate on the outdoor stage
Community Partners and Non-Profits
Become a Sponsor by emailing or link below for sponsors and vendors.
Presented by: Fabulous Arts Foundation & Friendly City Foundation


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. 

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.


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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