Come Out With Pride to go eco-friendly for festival and parade

By : Jeremy Williams
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Come Out With Pride will have a lot of the same things that you have come to expect over the last 15 years since the parade and festival have been held in and around Lake Eola. Food vendors, parade floats, live entertainment, fireworks and thousands upon thousands of attendees.

Some things you won’t see this year—or any upcoming years—will be single-use plastic straws, plastic bags and polystyrene foam single-use food containers. This is because the Orlando City Commission voted unanimously to ban these items from all city properties back in June.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Pro Bowl, scholarship and Spirits

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Label Makers

The NFL Pro Bowl came and conquered Orlando back in January. Football fans from all over flocked to Camping World Stadium to tailgate and watch the games. Places like Stonewall and Parliament House, which is are a short hop, skip and a jump from the stadium saw many pre-gaming at their bars.

Despite the misconception that gays and sports don’t necessarily mix, that wasn’t the case for the Pro Bowl. Especially for local real estate agents Kase Elders and Jeremy Conner who attended the game and now have become the subject of the Ad Council and NFL’s “Love Has No Labels” campaign which feature the two friends kissing. At the forty second mark of the video, the Kiss-Cam makes its way around the stadium and it focuses on Jeremy Conner and a young lady to his side (Kase’s hand resting on Jeremy’s knee); the camera has a heart image framing Jeremy and the young lady. At that point, Kase turns to Jeremy and the two go in for a big kiss, Kase placing his hand on Jeremy’s neck and the stadium goes wild for this touchdown!

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Orlando City Soccer pays tribute to shooting victims

By : Alex Storer
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The Orlando City Soccer Club paid a moving tribute to the victims of the Pulse shooting at their home game against the San Jose Earthquakes June 18.

Scores of the 37,194 in attendance that night waved rainbow flags and wore “#OneOrlando” shirts to show their solidarity with those killed the morning of June 12. Forty-nine seats were sectioned off and had multicolored balloons tied to them to form a rainbow pattern. Orlando City players wore rainbow-colored wristbands and “#OneOrlando” patches on their jerseys.

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City of Orlando opens Family Assistance Center

By : Anna M. Johnson
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fac_logoIn a press release issued by the City of Orlando on June 14, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs announced the creation of the City of Orlando Family Assistance Center. The two announced the official opening of the center on the morning of June 15. The City of Orlando Family Assistance Center has been created to specifically assist those directly affected by the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Mayor Buddy Dyer posted on Facebook early June 16 that “as of [June 15], 143 individuals and 65 families” had visited the Family Assistance Center.

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Orlando City Soccer to dedicate Saturday match to shooting victims

By : Alex Storer
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OCSLogoOrlando City Soccer, along with the #OrlandoUnited campaign, dedicated the June 18 game to the victims of the Pulse tragedy.

A commemorative section of Camping World Stadium will be blocked off with an individual seat dedicated to each victim. Shirts and posters with the phrase #OrlandoUnited on them will be sold benefiting the One Orlando fund.

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