Star Trolley: A Celebration on Wheels for the LGBTQ+ Community and Beyond

Star Trolley St. Petersburg
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Roll out the red carpet and get ready for a ride that’s as unique as you are with Star Trolley in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida! Imagine riding through the streets with your favorite crowd, whether it’s your partner in pride, your wedding squad, or your fun-loving friends. Star Trolley’s gleaming, un-branded, all-white chariots are the ultimate in customizable luxe transport, ready to be decked out with your very own celebratory banners for that wedding bash or to add a dash of pizzazz to the Pride parade.

With Star Trolley, your travels become much more than mere point-to-point trips; they’re transformed into a celebration on wheels where every moment is part of the event and every view out the window is part of the party. With these trolleys, you’re not just booking a ride; you’re crafting an event that’ll be etched in memories and Instagram feeds. So grab your glitter, wave your flags, and let’s turn that transportation into a celebration!

Commitment to the LGBTQ+ Community

With two allies at the wheel, the Star Trolley ownership team is committed to welcoming all to “Ride with Pride.”

For LGBTQ+ organizations and events, Star Trolley has shown active participation in Pride. They were the transportation of choice in two St Pete Pride Parades; one in 2023 with the Miami Health Partnership Alliance and previously in 2022 with Come Out St Pete.

They have partnered with several LGBTQ+ community members as well, including Jr St Jean, who often captures images of the fleet at special events, and also The Picnic Boys. Keep reading to learn more!

Weddings on Wheels: A Unique “I Do” with Star Trolley

Couples looking for an unconventional and personal wedding experience will find Star Trolley to be a charming choice. Collaborating with LGBTQ+ wedding planners like West Events & Tide the Knot and Simple Weddings, Star Trolley is adept at crafting specialized celebrations for the queer community. 

Star Trolley offers an enchanting option for wedding transportation. The trolleys can even be used for the reception itself, offering a unique and cost-effective wedding experience​​​​. 

The service is versatile, with trolleys that can be adorned with customizable banners to celebrate the couple’s union. Additionally, Star Trolley brings a diverse touch to the celebration with their gendered wedding bells, which can be added to the trolley. Couples have the option to select bells that resonate with their identity, be it “His & His,” “Hers & Hers” or “His & Hers,” allowing for a wedding experience that is both personal and inclusive. You can even request personalized pronoun bells! 

Beyond these unique touches, Star Trolley provides an elegant backdrop for any wedding day. Their fleet of all-white trolleys offers a clean and sophisticated canvas that can be tailored to the wedding’s theme or color scheme. Whether it’s an intimate ceremony on the trolley or a transport service for the wedding party and guests, the company’s commitment to making the day special is evident in their attention to detail and customer service.

Star Trolley Tours & Packages

Star Trolley offers a suite of tours and packages that provide more than just a trip from one place to another; they offer an immersive experience that blends education, entertainment, and the sheer enjoyment of St. Petersburg’s history and culture. And they’re already curated for you! Their tours are designed not only to showcase the beautiful sights but also to allow guests to relive history, hear captivating stories, and taste the world’s flavors.

  • SHINE Mural Tour: Art and Culture on Wheels –  The SHINE Mural Tour is a creative collaboration between Star Trolley and the SHINE® Mural Festival, which turns a 2.5-hour journey into a celebration of St. Petersburg’s thriving art scene. As you ride the open-air trolley through the city’s streets adorned with murals, you’ll hear the stories behind the art from local experts. The tour concludes with a complimentary craft beer at Bayboro Brewing, a nod to the local artisan culture. This tour not only showcases public art but also contributes to its future, with a portion of the proceeds supporting the creation of new murals. For each completed trip, Star Trolley also plants a tree in Florida, underscoring their commitment to the community and the environment.
  • All About Town: A Historic Trolley Tour –  For those interested in the deep-rooted history of St. Petersburg, the All About Town tour, a collaboration with I Love the Burg, is an ideal choice. Led by historian Monica Kile, this 2.5-hour tour delves into the city’s unique neighborhoods, offering insights into the diverse and fascinating stories that shaped the area. From exploring hidden gems to understanding the impact of historical events on the community, this tour provides a rich narrative of St. Pete’s past. 
  • Haunted Trolley Tour: A Ghostly Adventure – For the thrill-seekers, the Haunted Trolley Tour, in partnership with the Museum of History, is a must. Conducted by Dr. Brandy Stark, who has over 400 ghostly investigations under her belt, this tour invites the brave to explore the haunted historical places of St. Petersburg. It’s a spine-chilling way to learn about the city’s shadowy past.
  • Picnic Boys Collaboration: Luxury Picnics and Classic Rides – In a unique offering, Star Trolley has partnered with The Picnic Boys to provide an exclusive package that includes a ride in a classic convertible car followed by a luxury picnic experience. This service is perfect for those seeking a romantic outing or an elevated outdoor dining experience with all the trimmings.
Star Trolley Wedding St. Pete
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Party on the Move: Pub Crawls and Social Gatherings

Star Trolley also caters to groups and is the perfect partner for your next social gathering. Book a pub crawl through St. Pete’s local gay scene with stops at Enigma and Cocktail, or hire a local LGBTQ+ expert to host a queer history tour through the city. Deck out a trolley to participate in Pride, or host an queer foodie experience with a drag queen at the helm. The world is your oyster! Here’s an overview of some of the experiences they offer:

  • Historic Tours: Explore the rich history of St. Petersburg with a knowledgeable guide and learn about the city’s past, from its Native American beginnings to the roaring age of speakeasies and Al Capone.
  • Food Tours: Savor the flavors of the city with a tour that takes you to multiple eateries, combining culinary delights with the joy of exploration.
  • Pride Parade Participation: Star Trolley encourages groups to celebrate in a unique way. Their trolleys offer a customizable and comfortable setting for conveying messages of love and inclusivity. Ideal for corporate, private, or public groups, they provide a standout choice for participants in the St Pete and Tampa Pride Parade​​s.
  • Pub Crawls: Discover the city’s nightlife and social scene with a secure and enjoyable pub crawl experience through local bars and clubs.
  • Christmas Lights and Bites Tour –  Enjoy festive experience with a visit to The Oakdale Christmas House, known for its over 600,000 light display, and includes tastings of holiday treats and tea at local culinary spots. This enchanting tour combines historical insights, Christmas trivia, and a cozy ride on the Star Trolley, perfect for holiday light enthusiasts.
  • Candy Express: A Family-Friendly Adventure – Families can enjoy the Candy Express Playground Hopping tour, a unique birthday adventure for kids that combines a classic trolley ride with the joy of exploring local playgrounds. This two-hour tour is designed to provide a memorable experience for children and parents alike, with stops at playgrounds and plenty of fun along the way.
  • Corporate Events: Add a touch of class to corporate outings with a trolley that can be branded and decorated to represent your company or organization.
  • Custom Private Tours: Tailored to Your Preferences – Lastly, for groups or corporate events looking for a tailored experience, Star Trolley offers custom private tours. They can accommodate groups ranging from 15 to 100 passengers, allowing for creativity and personalization to curate a unique tour that guests will cherish.

Customize any one of these to create the perfect experience for your group. 

Party on Star Trolley St. Pete
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A Diverse Fleet

Star Trolley boasts a diverse fleet of vehicles that cater to a wide range of preferences and occasions. This variety allows them to offer unique experiences for different group sizes and event types, ensuring that every journey with them is tailored to the clients’ needs.

  • Large Trolley: The Large Trolley is ideal for bigger groups, providing ample space for guests to enjoy their ride comfortably. It’s perfect for weddings, corporate events, and large group tours, ensuring that everyone can be part of the celebration together.
  • Small Trolley: The Small Trolley offers a more intimate setting for smaller gatherings. It’s great for family outings, small weddings, and group tours that prefer a cozy atmosphere.
  • Speakeasy Lounge Bus: For those looking for a touch of nostalgia with a modern twist, the Speakeasy Lounge Bus provides a unique ambiance reminiscent of the 1920s speakeasy bars. It’s a delightful choice for themed parties, night tours, or any event that wants to stand out.
  • Electric Royal Carriage: The Electric Royal Carriage brings a fairytale element to any event, offering a cruelty-free, electric version of the traditional horse-drawn carriage. It’s a romantic option for weddings, and proposals. These are perfect for Instagrammable moments and adding ambience to your special day.
  • Electric Princess Carriage: Similar to the Royal Carriage, the Electric Princess Carriage is designed for those special fairytale moments but on a slightly smaller scale. It’s perfect for intimate moments or adding a magical touch to smaller celebrations.
  • Electric Classic Car: For the classic car enthusiasts, the Electric Classic Car is an eco-friendly way to enjoy the vintage car experience. It’s an excellent choice for parades, photoshoots, or simply enjoying a stylish ride.

These vehicles not only serve as transport but also as an integral part of the experience, adding charm and character to every occasion. Star Trolley’s fleet allows them to cater to a broad audience, from eco-conscious clients to those looking for a luxurious or unconventional transport option.

For detailed information on the availability and booking of these vehicles, you can visit the Star Trolley website or contact their customer service for personalized assistance.

Star Trolley Arrive in Style St. Petersburg
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Star Trolley’s Commitment to Service

Although based in St Petersburg, FL with service to the entire Tampa Bay region, Star Trolley’s reach extends well beyond. They have serviced wedding clients across the state in Miami and are open to adventuring elsewhere. The company’s flexibility to cater to both budget-friendly and high-end, exclusive events shows their ability to meet the needs of a diverse client base with the same high standards in customer service.

Star Trolley’s array of services, dedication to inclusivity, and personalized experiences make them a compelling choice for the LGBTQ+ community and anyone looking to mark special occasions. Star Trolley isn’t just a mode of transport, but also a partner in creating joyous and inclusive celebrations for all​​​​.

**Disclaimer: There is a good chance that this post contains affiliate or sponsor links. If you make a purchase through them, we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you (for which we are extremely grateful).

Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida and beyond, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

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