With nearly two hundred community organizations and businesses gathered, St. Petersburg’s 5th annual Localtopia was a major success. The event, which lasted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on February 2, featured constant live music from local bands, dance entertainment and guest speakers like Mayor Rick Kriseman. Hosted by the independent business alliance “Keep St. Pete Local,” the purpose of Localtopia is to try and raise awareness about the importance of supporting small businesses. This non-profit organization was started in 2011 to help preserve the unique character of the St. Petersburg community and has been growing ever since. Localtopia had something for everyone. There was half pipe with people from the ages 7 to 35, community painting, options to watch local artists at work and even a PB&J food truck. Localtopia offered a free bike valet service to promote environmental awareness and almost every organization held a raffle to help raise money for the “Keep St. Pete Local” organization. Not to be missed, next year’s Localtopia is planned for February 3.
All photos courtesy of Ambria Whalum.