Come Out With Pride expands events to week-long celebration

By : Colton Adkins
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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride announced they are expanding the Pride festivities from Oct. 11-13 to a full week of events in a press release June 18.

The 14th annual celebration will now begin Monday, Oct. 8 and concludes, as usual, with the parade and festival taking place Saturday, Oct. 13. COWP also announced it has opened the application for the “Pride Gives Back” initiative early. It is now available at ComeOutWithPride.com/about/Pride-Gives-Back.

José Luis Dieppa, COWP Communications Director, states this year’s week-long celebration will be packed with events for everyone — from young children to families to older generations. Dieppa says expanding the festival will give the people of Orlando “more inclusivity, more unity and one voice.”

“We are bringing something unique to our community to come together and celebrate,” said COWP President Jeff Prystajko. “Last year an estimated 160,000 people descended upon Lake Eola to support LGBTQ vendors, watch the most colorful parade and fireworks, and generate an estimated $18 million towards the local economy.”

COWP has been able to donate $60,000 in the past two years to scholarships and grants that help LGBTQ students and organizations and who “make significant strides in educating the community and providing services towards acceptance and equal rights.”

COWP will announce specific events held throughout the week at a later date. For more information on COWP visit ComeOutWithPride.com.

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