PHOTOS: Iconic lesbian Pride celebration hits St. Pete Beach

GIW attendees support their favorite in a twerking contest on the main stage.

Lesbians from all corners of the country ventured to the inaugural Girls in Wonderland beach party this past weekend to celebrate love and equality in a true Floridian paradise.

For anyone who’s celebrated Girls in Wonderland (GIW) before, the iconic festival made its debut on the stunning beaches of St. Petersburg, Florida, after upholding a nearly two-decade-long history in Orlando.

Poolside paradise. Women loving women, as far as the eye can see! 

Tampa and St. Petersburg have experienced a gay renaissance in the last decade. With rapid urban development and a constant influx of people moving to the sunshine state, St. Pete beach was the perfect place to make a central/West Florida debut.

GIW festival attendees keeping cool by the hotel poolside on Sunday, October 9th

Celebrity sightings were abundant, too. This year brought legendary comedians, queer influencers, YouTubers, and a few cast sightings like Cuppie Bragg of Amazon Prime’s original lesbian reality series, Tampa Baes.

Hands up if you want a shot of Gasolina—with YouTuber Chicky Lulu emceeing the Lez Beach House Pool Party on Saturday, October 8th. 

The three-day event kicked off October 7th with a private beach happy hour at the PostCard Inn, the host hotel right on the sandy beaches of St. Pete. True to GIW form, the first night also featured a special comedy show with award-winning comedian and actress Jen Kober. 

The host hotel—the PostCard Inn on the Beach at St. Petersburg, Florida. Rooms were sold out in record speed and were exclusively reserved for GIW’s festivities.

Girls in Wonderland – the party that may not have happened

Despite the extremely close call of Hurricane Ian just a week and a half before, spirits were high and the energy was extremely joyous. Had the storm hit closer to St. Petersburg as it was once predicted, the scene would have been completely different.

Breaking the red tape, escaping conformity, and embracing differences at GIW Beach Party.

Photos by Miné Salkin

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