Orlando packed Lake Eola for Come Out With Pride

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After having to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew from Oct. 8 to Nov. 12, Orlando proved that no matter when they celebrate they can come out with Pride in full force.

The Orlando Police Department say an estimated 150,000 people showed up for the parade. The entire parade lasted nearly two hours on the new expanded route which included parts of Orange Avenue. The festival completely encompassed the entire area of Lake Eola Park, which included bars, outdoor entertainment, vendors and a kid’s zone.

Once the parade was over and the sun had set, 49 paper lanterns were lit and set afloat over Lake Eola into the Orlando night sky soon after the entertainment continued at the Lake Eola bandshell, which included RuPaul’s Drag Race entertainer Katya.

Pride capped off the evening with an incredible fireworks display which was so hot it even set the fireworks barge on fire. Who says gays don’t know how to throw a party?

Photos by Brian Becnel.

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