Gay Pride in Orlando
When people think of gay events in Orlando, the hugely well-attended Disney Gay Days, held in early June, comes immediately to mind. But Orlando also throws an impressive Gay Pride Celebration in early October - the dates this year of Orlando Pride Week had been early October, with the Orlando Come Out With Pride Festival and Parade planned for the 8th, but organizers wisely decided to postpone the event because of Hurricane Matthew. Instead, this year, the big day of Orlando Come Out With Pride Festival is Saturday, November 12, 2016
As opposed to Gay Days, the city's Gay Pride Parade and Festival is focused more on the city of Orlando than the theme parks southwest of it. Orlando Pride is organized by the city's LGBT business community, the Metropolitan Business Association of Orlando, Florida. It's worth noting that in light of the attack earlier this year on Pulse nightclub, Orlando Pride will take on added significance this year and will provide both locals and visitors a chance to gather together in strength and unity.
Just to give a sense of Orlando's typical Pride week, below are the original plans for Orlando Pride this year, but please check the official Orlando Come Out With Pride website for the latest details concerning the rescheduling of the event on November 12.
Orlando Gay Pride takes place over a full week and includes a number of events. Activities and gatherings include a Pride Launch Party on Thursday, a Hamburger Mary's Street Party on Friday night (this event drew huge crowds last year and is expected to be one of the weekend's highlights), a "Big Gay Brunch" at the Abbey on Saturday (a way to start of your revelry before the festival), a new brand-new Taste of Pride event on that same Saturday featuring a number of renowned chefs in the Orlando area, and much more.
The big day for Orlando Gay Pride is Saturday, the date of the Orlando Come Out With Pride Festival, which takes place on the leafy shores of downtown's Lake Eola (this runs from noon until 10 pm) and features a family and fun zone, food vendors and cash bars, a Come Out With Pride Marketplace with more than 150 organizations and businesses, and lots more.
In the late afternoon, the Most Colorful Parade (aka Orlando Gay Pride Parade) takes place from 4 until 6 pm, and there's also typically dancing and partying afteward.The festival culminates with Dinner and Fireworks at the Lake Eola Promenade. Also, at The Abbey (100 S. Eola) on Saturday night, there's a Come Out With Pride Official After Party for Pulse Orlando - more details on that area available at the Pulse Orlando Facebook page.
Orlando Gay Resources
See this list of Orlando gay bars and also our guide to Orlando Gay-Friendly Hotels for more on what to see and do in this beautiful city. Check local gay papers, such as Watermark and HotSpots!, for details. Also check out the excellent Orlando gay and lesbian web page produced by the Orlando Convention & Visitors Bureau, which also produces this handy and useful Visit Orlando Gay Travel Guide, which you can view online in flip-book format.
Stand With Orlando
Help stand with Orlando! Equality Florida and Orlando's LGBT Center have set up GoFundMe pages to raise donations for victims and families affected by the tragedy at Pulse nightclub. You can donate here: