Friday, June 9, 2017

Kissimmee holds its first PrideFest this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jun 9, 2017 at 5:19 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO BY JOEY ROULETTE
  • Photo by Joey Roulette
The City of Kissimmee and Osceola County will be holding their first PrideFest celebrating the LGBTQ community and remembering the victims of the Pulse massacre this Saturday.

Kissimmee PrideFest, hosted by Telemundo Orlando, will be on June 10 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kissimmee Civic Center on 201 E. Dakin Ave. The event was originally supposed to be at Kissimmee’s Lakefront Park, but weather conditions pushed the event inside the civic center. The festival will still include live music, food trucks, a performance by the Orlando Gay Chorus and a memorial for the 49 victims killed during a mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse on June 12, 2016. The massacre, which took place on "Latin night," took many victims who lived in Kissimmee and other Latino communities in Central Florida.

"It is important we recognize community members having positive and impactful contributions, including those from the LGBTQ community," says Kissimmee Mayor Jose Alvarez in a statement. "We know people want to live where they feel welcomed, and by hosting PrideFest Kissimmee we are showing the world the City of Kissimmee celebrates and welcomes cultural diversity and is a city that anyone can call home."

For more information, visit Kissimmee PrideFest's page here.

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