PHOTOS: Pride starts the day off with the wedding of Debo Ofsowitz and Milena Jacobina

By : Rick Claggett
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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride kicked off with a special celebration Oct. 13.

COWP’s Debo Ofsowitz and fiancee Milena Jacobina shared their wedding vows at noon on Lake Eola, surrounded by friends and family.

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PHOTOS: Through rain and shine, runners took to Baldwin Park for COWP’s Drag Race 5K

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | The weather didn’t keep the runners away as more than 200 people showed up to Harbor Park to participate in the first ever Come Out With Pride, partnering with the Zebra Coalition, Drag Race 5K on Oct. 8.

The runners sprinted, strolled and walked through the sometimes clear, sometimes rainy Baldwin Park dressed in their most colorful and fashionable attire.

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Come Out With Pride to keep Orlando dancing with this year’s parade, festival

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ABOVE: COWP’s Most Colorful Parade at downtown Orlando in 2017. Photo by Brian Becnel

ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride (COWP) is gearing up for its most colorful day of the year — its 14th annual Pride festival and parade held on Oct. 13.

Aligning with National Coming Out Day and LGBTQ History Month, COWP is one of the largest Pride events in Florida with over 160,000 attendees last year. COWP President Jeff Prystajko says there will likely be even more this year.

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Frenchie Davis to kickoff Pride weekend with a soulful concert at the official COWP Weekend Launch Party

By : Jaime Donelson
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Come Out With Pride has an entire week of festivities planned for locals and visitors alike to celebrate their coming out. One event is the official Come Out With Pride Weekend Launch Party which will feature Grammy-nominated performer Frenchie Davis.

Davis came out as bisexual in 2012. As a strong advocate for the LGBTQ community, she has performed at Pride events in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Honolulu and San Francisco.

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Come Out With Pride announces its week-long schedule of events for Pride 2018

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride (COWP) announced its schedule of events at its 2018 Big Reveal at Tin Roof Orlando July 30. COWP will extend its official events from the traditional three-day weekend to a full week of events.

COWP’s week-long series of events will take place throughout Orlando Oct. 8-14. Several community leaders took the stage at the Big Reveal to make the announcements.

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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.

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Come Out With Pride announces new board president

By : Jeremy Williams
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New Come Out With Pride board president Jeff Prystajko.

ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride (COWP) announced the appointment of Jeff Prystajko as the board’s new president March 19 after Brian Riha completed his two-year term in the same position.

Prystajko has been with COWP for several years, most recently serving as director of marketing and communications. He has also held leadership positions with both the Metropolitan Business Association (MBA Orlando) and the Human Rights Campaign in Orlando.

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Come Out With Pride announces 2017 theme

By : Rick Claggett
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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride announced the theme for the 2017 Orlando Pride celebration in a statement Aug. 15.

The theme, “#KeepDancingOrlando,” is a continuation from last year’s rallying cry “Celebrate, Honor, Heal” when the community came together for Pride just four months after Pulse, the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

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Orlando Pride clears debt, awards grants

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando – We can officially close the books on Come Out With Pride 2015.

The treasury report was finalized last week and Michael Thomas, COWP’s finance director, says the event made $90,000 total, with $70,000 going to pay off debt created by the 2014 Orlando Pride event. Of the remaining $20,000, $15,000 will be used as seed money to pay deposits and other expenses ahead of COWP 2016. The final $5,000 will be distributed in grants via the Pride Gives Back program.

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Come Out With Pride Church Street Block Party

By : Jamie Hyman
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The evening before COWP 2015 main event, LGBTs and allies partied at Church Street Station at the annual block party.

Pride on Church Street featured  live entertainment from Amy & Freddy, NYC’s Red, Hot & Funny Bob the Drag Queen, Beth Sacks, and Ginger Minj & The Minx.

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Come Out With Pride 2015 Parade photos

By : Jake Stevens
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We’re still waiting for the official numbers from Orlando Police Department but from our view atop the Watermark float, this looked like one of the biggest COWP parade viewing crowds ever.

Led by Grand Marshal Ginger Minj, colorful floats and rainbow-clad marchers filled the streets of downtown Orlando.

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Pride Weekend at Parliament House featuring Jordin Sparks

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More than 3,400 attendees – a new record, according to Parliament House – packed the Orlando nightclub Oct. 11 for a live show by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. She headed to PH after appearing in the COWP parade that same afternoon.

Sparks’ opening acts were the Footlight Players and DJ VTech, who kept the crowd moving until the main event.

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