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Come Out With Pride Announces Schedule of Events and Celebrity Headliners for Orlando Pride Week 2018

Friday Sep 21, 2018
Come Out With Pride Announces Schedule of Events and Celebrity Headliners for Orlando Pride Week 2018

Come Out With Pride (COWP) is pleased to announce the official 2018 schedule of events as well as celebrity headliners for Orlando Pride Week. COWP is expanding to a full week of events designed to bring together the LGBTQ+ and ally communities around Central Florida and beyond. Pride Week will begin on Monday, October 8 and run through Sunday, October 14.

"We are truly excited to showcase a diverse series of events for 2018 including a 5K race, an international film screening, as well as our signature events we hold each year," said Jeff Prystajko, board president of Come Out With Pride. "With the addition of our two amazing celebrity headliners, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Our core initiative is to bring people together. We hope our week of events will encourage more to come out, as well as increase fundraising for our Pride Gives Back scholarship and grant program."

This year, international pop star Betty Who will headline the brand new Pride Stage. Betty Who has elevated herself as a dance-music star with hits, including "Somebody Loves You", "I Love You Always Forever", "Human Touch" and most recently the remixed theme song "All Things" for Netflix's hit show "Queer Eye."

Crystal Waters, one of Billboard Magazine's top dance music legends, will headline the Amphitheater Stage. Waters, best known for "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)" and "100 Percent Pure Love" boasts six ASCAP Songwriter Awards, three American Music Award nominations, a MTV Video Music Award nod and four Billboard Music Awards.

Frenchie Davis, will headline the Weekend Launch Party. Davis first highlighted her talents on "American idol," she was on the Top 8 on NBC's show "The Voice," and has performed on Broadway.

Since its inception in 2005, COWP has become Central Florida's largest LGBTQ+ parade and festival. This year, COWP is expected to attract more than 160,000 visitors to the city of Orlando. Events for Orlando Pride Week include:


Monday, October 8

Drag Race 5K
Location & Time: Harbor Park in Baldwin Park; 5—8 p.m.

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.


Tuesday, October 9

Reel Pride: Film Screening of MAR (The Sea)

Location & Time: The Venue Orlando; 5—10 p.m.

Come Out With Pride and QLatinx present a screening of the Portuguese film MAR (TheSea). This award-winning short film portrays love, betrayal, and moving on from the harm inflicted by loved ones and depicts how every family has its many methods of coping with LGBTQ+ related situations and outcomes. Director William Vitoria will be conducting a Q&A immediately following the film. Light bites and refreshments will be available.


Wednesday, October 10

Event: House of Pride
Location & Time: Ace Cafe; 7—11:30 p.m.

In the past, the nightclub culture was the very place that many LGBTQ+ individuals could go and live freely. For one night only, one of Orlando's premier dance clubs, The Edge, now ACE Café, will make a comeback and present the outrageous music, dancing and entertainment that paved the way for generations to come. Bringing back one of the most successful gay nights in Orlando would not be complete without the inclusion of some of Orlando's top drag houses.


Thursday, October 11

Weekend Launch Party
Location & Time: The Veranda; 6—11:30 p.m.

In partnership with the Thornton Park District's Wine & Art Walk, Come Out With pride will take over The Veranda in Thornton Park for the annual Pride Weekend Launch Party. Hosted by Orlando's own Gidget Galone, the event will showcase a variety of entertainment and special performances from DJ Joanie as well as some of Orlando's top LGBTQ+ performers. The event is free and open to the public. Guests can upgrade their experience with the Weekend Launch Party All-Access Pass.


Friday, October 12

Pride Block Party
Location & Time: Stonewall Bar Orlando; 7—11:30 p.m.

Presented by Stonewall Bar Orlando, join Come Out With Pride and the surrounding neighborhood for a night of fun and camaraderie before the weekend festivities. Special appearance by LUCIANA.


Saturday October 13

Big Gay Brunch
Location &; Time: The Abbey; 11 a.m.—3 p.m.

Hosted by Orlando Weekly. Start the day with an amazing brunch spread, bottomless mimosas, a Bloody Mary bar and live performances from local entertainers.

SponsorWalk & Pride Marketplace
Location & Time: Lake Eola Park; 12-7 p.m.

The SponsorWalk and Pride Marketplace presented by Marriott will showcase businesses and organizations committed to diversity. The Marketplace expands in 2018 to stretch the length of Robinson Street adjacent to the park. Pride Takes Action, an initiative designed to connect festival-goers with advocacy groups, returns with more activities to educate and engage.

The Most Colorful Parade
Location & Time: Lake Eola Park; Parade, 4-6 p.m.; Rally, 6:15 p.m.; Entertainment, 7 p.m.

The Most Colorful Parade presented by SunTrust is the most eagerly anticipated event of this year's festival and will feature more than 100 groups spanning a 1 mile route through downtown Orlando. New this year are guest judges to help determine which entries will be deemed best of show. A community rally and two entertainment stages follow the parade to keep the energy going.

Pride Fireworks Show
Location & Time: Lake Eola Park; 9:30 p.m.

The night will conclude with a signature fireworks finale on the lake, marking the official close of the Come Out With Pride 2018 festival. A limited number of tickets are available for "Picnic Under the Stars", where guests will receive a blanket and
assorted food/drink to watch the fireworks from an exclusive and cozy area.


Sunday, October 14

Pride Recovery Brunch
Location & Time: Celine Orlando; 11 a.m.—2 p.m.

Enjoy Sunday Funday with Come Out With Pride for one last delicious brunch spread at Celine Orlando, one of downtown's newest venues. While you recover, enjoy live music and performances from local entertainers.

For updates on the official 2018 schedule of events for Orlando Pride Week, visit our website or follow along on Facebook with @comeoutwithpride.


Come Out With Pride Orlando would like to thank its sponsors including Marriott (SponsorWalk & Pride Marketplace), Suntrust (Parade), Perry Ellis and Penguin (Pride Stage), Nissan (Pride Amphitheater stage), Banfield (PetZone), CFE Credit Union (ATM), Tito's Handmade Vodka and Celebrity Cruise Lines (VIP Experience), Hilton Grand Vacation (Face of Pride Screen) and more than 50 additional organizations who are committed to supporting the LGBTQ+ community.


About Come Out With Pride

Come Out With Pride, Inc. is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization inspired to make an impact in Orlando's LGBTQ+ community. Celebrated in October, Come Out With Pride welcomes everyone from Central Florida and beyond to come together and celebrate diverse communities. Come Out With Pride is also dedicated to supporting the community through grants and scholarships via its 'Pride Gives Back' program. For more information, go to www.comeoutwithpride.com.

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