Filmmaker John Waters will headline Come Out With Pride

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Orlando – He has been called the Pope of Trash and the Prince of Puke, but John Waters remains one of the most iconic filmmakers of our time. His obsession with violence and gore has captivated audiences for decades.

In 2006, he released the documentary “This Filthy World,” about his origins in the trash genre and his successful career navigating Hollywood. That film also became a one-man show.

As part of Come Out With Pride Orlando, Waters will appear Tuesday, Oct. 1 at The Abbey. The director, who became widely known for films like Hairspray and Cry-Baby, will participate in “An Evening with John Waters” as part of the Out in the Open Film Festival.

Waters is one of many acts slated to perform at the event from Oct. 1-6. The slate of performers features a mix of music, comedy and entertainment geared to appeal to a broad crowd.

“We have a little bit for everyone,” said Come Out With Pride Executive Director Mikael Audebert. “That is exactly what we wanted to do as our community is a wonderful collage that needed to be represented through our weeklong celebration.”

Country singer Steve Grand, who recently came out, will perform during Opening Ceremonies at The Cheyenne Saloon on Oct. 3. Grand’s recent hit is “All American Boy.”

A day later, a coalition of businesses led by Church Street Station and Hamburger Mary’s will highlight a Block Party featuring Diva Martha Wash and comedians and singers Amy and Freddy.

On Pride Day, Oct. 5, Singer Taylor Dayne will serve as one of seven Pride Color Marshals and will also perform at the Parliament House. The theme for Come Out With Pride Orlando is Pride Takes Center Stage. Orlando DJ Chris Cox will highlight an After Party in Winter Park.

Organizers are keeping the main stage entertainment a secret and plan to announce more acts in early September.

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