Kicking off at Longstreet’s Deli

PETERSBURG — Tri-Cities Pride’s “Weekend of Pride” kicks off Friday in Petersburg. Attendees are encouraged to wear LGBTQIA+ attire to all events.

The festivities begin Friday night with a Pride Takeover at Longstreet’s Deli for ages 21 and up. DJ Jammin’ Jimmy will be playing tunes. The celebration takes place from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 302 N. Sycamore St.

On Saturday, September 17 from 2-4 p.m., have an afternoon of fun at Trapezium Brewing Co. during Tri-Cities Pride Fest 2022. Enjoy oversized table games, cornhole, prizes and more. No tickets or reservations are required. Trapezium is located at 423 3rd St. in Petersburg.

End the fabulous weekend with brunch and drinks on Sunday, September 18 at Old Towne’s Alibi at 305 N. Sycamore St. The Boozy Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is for adults 21 and older only. Mention TCP when calling 804-479-3566 to make your reservation.

A suggested donation of $10 to TCP will be accepted at the door for each event. Participants will be responsible for their own food/beverage purchases.

Takeover of Tri-Cities Pride

Last year, the River Street Market in the Old Town hosted a Acquisition of TCP in September. According to Fuller, the TCP had accepted the market’s invitation to return this year, however, the market withdrew its invitation.

“We lost our home base when Bon Secours became the presenting sponsor of the River Street Market,” said Mikey Fuller, president of TCP. “We almost canceled the event. River Street Market wanted to host because the event had been so successful in 2021, but Bon Secours wouldn’t let them partner with us for the already scheduled event.”

The nonprofit’s takeovers are a way to be a vehicle to promote full human and civic visibility through education, networking, and celebrations that advocate equality. TCP, Inc. seeks to unite the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and allied communities [LGBTQIA+] in favor of inclusion, dignity and equality in the Tri-Cities region of Virginia.

“We strive to be a representative body for the LGBTQIA+ community in Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg and surrounding Virginia counties,” Fuller said. “We are no different from anyone else. We have families. We have jobs. We are business owners. We are employees and we are community activists.”

Follow Tri-Cities Pride, Inc. [TCP] on Facebook @TriCitiesPrideInc. For more information, visit

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– Kristi K. Higgins, aka The Social Butterfly columnist, is the food news and Q&A reporter at The Progress-Index. Do you have a current tip on local trends or businesses? Contact Kristi (her, her) at [email protected], follow @KHiggins_PI on Twitter @socialbutterflykristi on Instagram.

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