PHOTOS: Tampa goes gaga for Lady Gaga

By : Danny Garcia
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Lady Gaga stormed upon Tampa with hordes of her Little Monsters hanging on every word she sang at the Amalie Arena Dec. 1.

The show sold out within minutes last year soon after becoming available to the public, with rumors circulating that tickets sold on the secondary market were going for as much as $1,000 each.

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PHOTOS: MBA celebrates 25th anniversary at Celebration Gardens

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Metropolitan Business Association celebrated 25 years with a social gathering and awards presentation at Celebration Gardens in Winter Park Nov. 30.

Debbie Simmons, owner of Shelbie Press and the MBA’s first board president, shared stories and photos from the past 25 years before other past board president’s handed out certificates to individuals, groups and organizations that have been a part of the MBA over the last quarter century.

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PHOTOS: EDC Orlando was a huge rainbow dance party

By : Dillan Ramirez
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Electric Daisy Carnival, or EDC, returned for the seventh year to Orlando for its east coast festival at Tinker Field Nov. 10-11.

The two-day event played host to more than 80,000 attendees and was filled with carnival rides, innovative art and over 55 dance music acts across three immersive stages.

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Metro Tampa Bay takes it back to the ’20s with the Great Gatsby Gala

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Metro Wellness & Community Centers commemorated its 25th year with their annual gala, themed after the Great Gatsby and held at the appropriately-titled Gatsby’s Bistro, Nov. 11.

The evening was hosted by comedian Christine O’Leary, nominated by Curve Magazine to be one of the “50 Funniest Lesbians in America,” with additional entertainment provided by local favorites like Jennifer Real and DJ Bill Kody.

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MBA celebrates 25 years at annual Pride Gala Business Awards

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ORLANDO | The Metropolitan Business Association celebrated 25 years, as well as the recognition of Chamber of the Year, at their annual Pride Gala Business Awards for 2017 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando Nov. 4.

Hosting again this year was the dynamic duo of Jorge Estevez and Miss Sammy who brought plenty of laughs and charm (and not to mention some pretty good dance moves).

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Volusia Pride brought rainbows and smiles to New Smyrna Beach’s Old Fort Park

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Volusia Pride was a delightful gathering on the east coast of Florida with the sun shining all day at Old Fort Park in New Smyrna Beach Oct. 21.

This quaint, pride-filled festival has continued to grow in numbers each year and the energy level of its attendees was uplifting and welcoming.

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Parliament House was the place to be this Halloween

By : Danny Garcia
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Our previous issue said it best, Halloween is like our Gay Christmas! The crowds at the Parliament House Resort packed the courtyard with some of the most epic costumes this side of Halloweentown on Saturday, Oct. 28. Surely, the huge cash prizes has nothing to do with it, right?

The ghouls and goblins alike lined up for the big prized money, despite the wet weather. The big winner was Game of Thrones‘ Jon Snow riding a dragon that blew out actual smoke.

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PHOTOS: Spooky Empire brings out Central Florida’s best ghosts and goblins

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Spooky Empire kicked off its massive horror-themed convention Friday, Oct. 27 with a variety of celebrities ranging from the kids in the recent blockbuster film IT to veterans of the silver screen John Cusack and Richard Dreyfuss.

Spooky Empire returned to the Hyatt Regency on I-Drive and featured everything from vendors, celebrity panels, memorabilia, and of course, cosplayers dressed in their favorite spooky themed costumes. Check out the photos of some of our favorites below.

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PHOTOS: Pride takes over downtown Sanford

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Sanford Pride was held Sunday, Nov. 5 throughout downtown Sanford. Watermark had their booth setup in the courtyard of Celery City Craft where there were performances throughout the day.

The mayor and the chief of police even came out to present a proclamation making Nov. 5, Sanford Pride Day.

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The Fitness Marshall helps Lakeland Pheel Good

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The Fitness Marshall, aka Caleb Marshall, got his fans shaken their booties at the Lakeland Family YMCA for a pair of cardio concerts Oct. 28 and 29.

The concerts, which benefited the Pheel Good Foundation, were full on energy as Marshall and his “backup booties” recreated some of his YouTube channel’s most popular dance music videos.

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Tampa Pride kicks off fundraising with a Spooktacular Halloween party

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Tampa Pride won’t be held until March 24 next year, but fundraising officially began with a bang and a boo on Oct. 19 at Hamburger Mary’s Brandon.

The event’s board, its sponsors and the Mary’s crew joined forces for the “Spooktacular Halloween Kick Off Party,” and Watermark was on hand to celebrate Tampa Pride 2018’s official launch. The audience was treated to a fantastic show hosted by Desireé DeMorney, with special performances by Chris Knolton and the Sanderson Sisters themselves: Daphne Ferraro, Kathryn Nevets and Chi Chi LaLique.

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Orlando gathers downtown to celebrate Come Out With Pride

By : Jeremy Williams
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Lake Eola Park, and it’s surrounding streets, were packed Oct. 14 for Orlando’s annual Come Out With Pride parade and festival.

The big, colorful floats and LGBTQIA+ marchers took their turns proudly around the lake as thousands of community members and supporters cheered.

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