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One More Time to Party at the Pier

Saturday, May 11, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ester Venouziou
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What: Raise a Toast to the Pier Party

When: Noon to Sunset (8:15 pm) Saturday, May 18, 2013

Where: St. Petersburg Pier

Why: To celebrate St. Pete's iconic landmark, which is set to close at the end of the month

Admission: Free general admission & $10 VIP tickets. Sign up at




MAY 11, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA -- There's one more chance to party at the Pier, and of course it's going to be huge! What to expect? Top local artists, waterskiing shows, children's activities, live entertainment, sunset toasts, and the Ultimate Cocktail contest!

Raise a Toast to the Pier Party is a daylong celebration of St. Petersburg's most iconic building, sponsored by LocalShops1 and the St. Pete Patch.


General admission is free; VIP tickets available for $10 each, or two for $19.73 (the year the current Pier opened). For tickets, go to



Daytime activities kick off at noon!


Noon to 5 pm: Art show featuring more than a dozen of the area's best artists; on the first level, indoors and in the courtyard. Participating artists include Nodland Designs, Terry Pivinsky, Jill Plaice, Emily Barnes,  Wilmer Vergara,  Jonathan Shork, Milton Rochman, Sarah Dees, Karan Porter, Carly Neel, Andrea Pawlisz, Elena Sarn,  Catherine Weaver, Velva Heraty, Amanda Trail, Thompson Kellett and Brenda Knoll. Art from PARC students will also be featured.


Noon to 5 pm: Environmental exhibits, sponsored by Chart 411, a local nonprofit dedicated to the Gulf and our Gulf Coast way of life.

1 to 4 pm: De Lei'ed Parrots perform beach music in the courtyard.


1 to 4 pm: Fritzy Bros. One-Man Circus performs throughout the first floor.


1 and 2:30 pm: The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team performs! Water ski shows have been part of The Pier's history since the early days of the Million Dollar Pier.



Evening activities! Doors open at 6!


We take the party upstairs to Cha Cha Coconuts, where legendary newsman Arch Deal will emcee the event, including the Ultimate Pier Cocktail Contest!


Three of the Pier restaurants -- Jonny Reno's, Cha Cha Coconuts and Fresco's -- will compete with their Pier-inspired, never-before-tried concoctions. There will be a popular vote as well as the Judges Choice. Judges include St. Petersburg Tribune editor Jeff Scullins, celebrity Chef Jeffrey Jew and television personality Nancy Alexander.


The Ultimate Cocktail winners will be announced just before 8, and sunset toasts will follow immediately after.

General admission is free; VIP tickets available for $10 each, or two for $19.73 (the year the current Pier opened). For tickets, go to


VIP ticketholders receive:

  • Cocktail tasting from all three bartenders
  • Commemorative Pier Martini plastic glass
  • Limited Edition Pier Poster
  • Voting Ticket
  • Mini cupcake from the Cupcake Spot

Registration is available online at


For media and other inquiries, please contact Ester Venouziou at 727/637/5586 or




About Us:


The St. Petersburg Pieris located at 800 Second Avenue N.E., St. Petersburg, Florida 33701. It has been a landmark of downtown St. Petersburg since 1899, but it is the 1926 Million Dollar Pier, torn down in 1973 to house today's inverted pyramid structure, that long-time residents remember. The Pier was renovated in 1988 to include the shops, galleries, boutiques a restaurant and food court on the first level.


LocalShops1 is a grassroots coalition of hundreds of businesses, artists and community organizations, and thousands of energized shoppers dedicated to supporting locally-owned businesses. As the region’s most active voice for small business, it has made a name for itself through exciting events; advocacy of the buy-local movement; and uniting businesses, merchant associations, and community organizations from all across Tampa Bay.


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