2018 Come Out With Pride Schedule of Events & Parade Preview

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Information compiled and written by Nathan Wertheimer

Come Out With Pride is an annual tradition in Orlando to support the LGBT community. It is a week fill with fun starting on October 8 – October 14, 2018. This is a huge event that is open to everyone. Even straight people participate too. Here is the breakdown of events:

Monday, October 8, 2018 5pm – 8pm – Drag Race 5K
Come Out With Pride and Zebra Coalition invites you to the Drag Race 5K. Put on your best colorful outfit, your favorite running shoes and get moving! Join several local Drag personalities and hundreds of participants as they run, walk and sashay their way through Baldwin Park. Event location address is 4990 New Broad Street, Orlando, Florida 32814. For more information please visit comeoutwithpride.com/drag-race-5k/ .

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 5pm – 10pm – Reel Pride Film Screening
This award-winning short film portrays love, betrayal, and moving on from the harm inflicted by loved ones, as well as depicts how every family has its many methods of coping with LGBTQ related situations and outcomes. Before the show, join us for light bites and refreshments. After the show, stick around for a Q&A session with the director, William Vitoria. This event takes place at The Venue – 511 Virginia Drive, Orlando, Florida 32803. For more information please visit comeoutwithpride.com/reel-pride-film-screening-mar/ .

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 8pm – 1am – House of Pride: The Edge Reunion
Let us not forget where we came from! Let us not forget that the nightclub and its culture was the very place that many of us could be FREE! We could dress how we wanted, hit the club and take our problems to the dance floor. The music filling our bodies with the courage to DANCE and LIVE in the moment. Enter the outrageous entertainment that paved the way for generations to come and provide that extra moment of bliss we were so longing for—that moment where nothing else mattered.

A few decades ago The Edge in Orlando provided many of those moments that will never be forgotten. Cindy Barboloc curated this energy week after week with DJs like ICEY, SANDY, Robby Clark and Daisy. Drag was always at the forefront of our culture with incomparable shows from Fantasy, Saigon Starr and China Girl.

In honor of the empire that our community has built within our own “Houses” (which are now more referred to as our “Families”) we want to bring the most successful gay night in Orlando back for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

The Edge, located where Ace Cafe is now, is our Wednesday night celebration for Come out With Pride. With the help of Cindy B (aka MAMA) we invite all of the families to represent. The music will play, we will dance and celebrate our chosen families and the people who created the Orlando club culture.

DJs and entertainment lineup will be announced soon, but 10/10 is a night not to be missed! This event is taking place at Ace Café Orlando – 100 West Livingston Street, Orlando, Florida 32801. For more information on this event please visit comeoutwithpride.com/house-of-pride/ .

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 6pm – 11pm – Weekend Launch Party
Broadway powerhouse vocalist, Frenchie Davis, will headline this magnificent evening at The Veranda in Thornton Park. Davis first highlighted her talents on American Idol, where she captured the nation with her incredible vocals. Later, she dazzled on NBC’s hit-show, The Voice, as one of the top eight contestants. Make sure to catch this incredible one-night-only performance.

The Weekend Launch Party will be hosted by Orlando’s own Gidget Galore, beloved emcee and hostess. The event will also feature grand stage performances by D Squared Productions, Inc., Hot-Hot-Hot! go-go boys and girls and the legendary DJ Joanie spinning the beats to help us #KeepDancingOrlando.

Expect a wonderful showcase of local talent highlighting upcoming arts and theater performances around Central Florida. Also, make sure to keep a lookout for a special appearance by the Come Out With Pride Mascot, Lola the Swan.

Once again, we have partnered with The Hammered Lamb to provide refreshments and cocktails throughout the evening. The Weekend Launch Party will be an official stop on the Thornton Park District’s 2nd Thursday Art & Wine Walk.

An All-Access Pass can be purchased in advance for $40, which includes unlimited drinks and snacks provided by Little Lamb Catering, as well as a VIP meet and greet with Frenchie Davis! This location is at The Veranda – 707 East Washington Street, Orlando, Florida 32801. For more information please visit comeoutwithpride.com/weekend-launch-party/ .

Friday, October 12, 2018, 7pm – 2:30am – The Block Party
Stonewall Orlando welcomes you to this year’s fresh, exciting Block Party with a special performance by recording super star Luciana. Enjoy food, hot spot drag performances, and four DJs at this massive indoor and outdoor event. This event takes place at Stonewall Bar – 741 West Church Street, Orlando, Florida 32805. For more information please visit comeoutwithpride.com/the-block-party/ .

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 12pm – 3pm, OIC Big Gay Brunch
In conjunction with Come Out with Pride 2018, Big Gay Brunch presented by Orlando Immunology Center, will feature an amazing brunch spread from Seasons 52, bottomless mimosas, Tito’s Handmade Vodka Bloody Marys, music from DJ Erik Armiliato, giveaways and more for one ALL-INCLUSIVE ticket price! Eat, Drink and Come Out with Pride! Benefiting: Pride Gives Back. For more information please visit www.facebook.com/events/218249325520067/ .

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 12pm – 9pm, Festival Day of Events
12pm – Festival Opens, Marketplace Opens, VIP Opens
1pm – Afternoon Live Entertainment, Pride Stage
2pm – Afternoon Live Entertainment, Amphitheater Stage
4pm – The Most Colorful Parade
6pm – Pride Rally, Amphitheater Stage
7pm – Headliner Performances
9pm – Fireworks & Picnic Under the Stars at Lake Eola Park
For more information please visit comeoutwithpride.com/festival/

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 4pm – 7pm – Pride Parade
Line the streets around Lake Eola and catch The Most Colorful Parade. Here is a sample of some of the floats you’ll see such as Orlando Gay Chorus, The Center for LGBT, Orlando City Soccer Club, WFTV Channel 9, City of Orlando, Orange County, State and Local elected officials, Disney Volunteers, Universal Employees, Wal-Mart, Target, Delta Airlines, T-Mobile, Watermark Publication, and much more.

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:30am – 3am – Pride After Party
Orlando’s Official After Party at the Parliament House! Featuring guests host & parade grand marshal Carson Kressley along with Season 10’s Monet Exchange & All Star’s Ginger Minj. For more information please visit www.facebook.com/events/296970144199176/ .

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 8pm – 2:30am – The Category is Pride: The Cast Pose
This year we decided to do something fun, fresh and Current I am proud to announce at Stonewall Bar Orlando Latin Saturdays we have the super star cast members of the hit TV show on FX “POSE”, “CATEGORY IS PRIDE”, APPERANCES BY: Mj Rodriguez “Blanca”, Billy Porter “Pray Tell.’ This event is taking place at Stonewall Bar Orlando. For more information please visit www.facebook.com/events/637398349967559/ .

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 11am – 2pm – Recovery Brunch
Join us at Celine Orlando for the Recovery Brunch and while you recover, enjoy live music and performances from local entertainers. What better way to wrap up an amazing weekend then a few mimosas and a catered brunch? Celine is a beautiful new multi use venue that you must see. A “blow your mind” brunch buffet will be catered by well known Jason Schofield. Tickets include: Bottomless Mimosas, Catered Brunch Buffet, and Huge Bloody Mary Bar (vodka sold separately). This event is taking place at Celine – 22 South Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801. For more information please visit comeoutwithpride.com/recovery-brunch/ .

There are so many events to attend for this year’s Come Out with Pride Orlando. It is advised to arrive early to most of these events because space will fill up fast. Also, parking maybe an issue around Lake Eola. It is advised to parking in any public-private parking garages and lots. http://www.cityoforlando.net/parking/downtown-parking-locations/

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