9 ways to party with pride this week in Orlando 


The rainbow flags are posted around downtown Orlando, and plans are in motion for the 2015 edition of Come Out With Pride, Orlando's biggest, most colorful and most sensational celebration of the city's LGBT community. From Oct. 8 through Oct. 10, downtown Orlando will host daily Pride events, the biggest of which is the all-day festival and parade at Lake Eola Park, which draws thousands of people each year. This year's festival is going to be larger than ever, with two stages featuring musicians and entertainers (Orlando Gay Chorus, the Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Color Guard, VarieTease, and tons more) from 1 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. The festival concludes with a fireworks celebration over Lake Eola at 9 p.m. – then it's time for the after-party!

Oct. 8

Come Out With Pride Launch Party

Celebrate the launch of Orlando's annual Come Out With Pride with food, music, a silent auction and more. Thursday, 7 p.m.; The Veranda at Thornton Park, 111 N. Summerlin Ave; free; 407-872-8454; comeoutwithpride.com.

Oct. 9

Pride on Church Street

Enjoy live entertainment from Amy & Freddy, NYC's Red, Hot & Funny Bob the Drag Queen, Beth Sacks, and our very own Ginger Minj & the Minx. Friday, 8 p.m.; Hamburger Mary's, 110 W. Church St.; 321-319-0600; free hamburgermarys.com.

Oct. 10

Zebra Run A 5k race to support the Zebra Coalition's mission to provide a safe, supportive and healthy environment for LGBT youth. 7:30 a.m.; Lake Eola Park, North Rosalind Avenue and East Washington Street; $20-$32; zebrayouth.org.

Big Gay Brunch The party before the parade! In conjunction with Come Out With Pride 2015, Big Gay Brunch, sponsored by Orlando Weekly, will feature an amazing brunch spread from Tim Webber Events, bottomless mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar, plus DJs and live performances. Eat, drink and come out with pride. Benefiting Pride Gives Back. 11 a.m.; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $35-$40; 407-704-6261; orlandoweekly.com.

Pride Festival All day long, check out tents from Come Out With Pride sponsors, merchandise from vendors, food trucks, entertainment on two stages and more. Noon; Lake Eola Park; free; comeoutwithpride.com.

Come Out With Pride Parade This annual event is more than just a parade – it's the most colorful celebration that takes place in Orlando all year long. Politicians, entertainers, local celebs and businesses march amidst floats, rainbow flags and balloons, and drag queens blow kisses to the thousands of people lining the streets to watch the spectacle. This year's parade grand marshal is Ginger Minj from Ru Paul's Drag Race. 4 p.m., Lake Eola Park; free; comeoutwithpride.com.

Come Out With Pride H20 DJ Dee Martello and DJ Edil Hernandez will spin while you dance and watch the fireworks over Lake Eola in the evening. 5 p.m.; Lake Eola Park, East Central Boulevard and North Eola Drive; $10; comeoutwithpride.com

Come Out With Pride Dinner and Fireworks After the Come Out With Pride Parade and festival, catch the fireworks over Lake Eola. You can check out the fireworks for free, but if you want a spot at a table, you'll have to pay $75 or more. 7 p.m.; Lake Eola Park, North Rosalind Avenue and East Washington Street; free-$200; comeoutwithpride.com.

Come Out With Pride Official After-Party Celebrate Pride with the Footlight Players, DJ Brianna and a live concert from Jordin Sparks. Worried about parking near Lake Eola Park? Park your car at Parliament House, and beginning at 2 p.m., you can take a free shuttle to the festivities downtown. 10 p.m.; Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; $10-$15; 407-425-7571; parliamenthouse.com.


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