Orlando Pagan Pride Day 2018

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  • Join us for our free community event and learn about Earth-based religions in a family friendly atmosphere! This fun filled day will have spiritual workshops, vendors, nonprofits, Pagan groups, children’s activities, a huge raffle, food and bake sale, drum circle, ritual, and more! Event is rain or shine!

    Admission is free, but we appreciate donations for our Charity Drives:
    Non-perishable food for Second Harvest Food Bank

Toiletry Items for Hands of the Goddess, an organization that helps meet the needs of the homeless and at-risk
Dry or wet dog or cat food, collars and leashes for Bandit’s Buddies, part of Hands of the Goddess, it serves the homeless owned animals

Space Coast Pride kicks off 11th year with week full of events

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MELBOURNE, Fla. | Space Coast Pride is expanding its festival for the first time in its 11-year history to include a full week of events.

SCP President Cortney Thompson says this year’s event is bigger than ever, with double the number of marathon runners and festival vendors.

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Paws in the Park

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Pet lovers from all over Central Florida gather at beautiful Lake Eola to support Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s mission to educate, shelter, place, and heal pets and their families with compassionate, responsible care.

This community wide fundraising event provides support for the more than 8,000 homeless pets who will be cared for at our two shelters this year. 

Paws in the Park is the opportunity for us to join together as a community and support the mission of Pet Alliance. It’s free to register, we encourage participants to either fundraise as an individual or start a team with your friends and family and “fun” raise together!

Thousands of participants join their community, and lots of four legged friends, for the fundraising and awareness walk followed by dog-friendly and family activities.

Sign up, form a team and invite your friends and family to join us for a day filled with fun! Register and raise $75 or more and on event day, you’ll receive a commemorative event t-shirt.

Sarasota’s Solutionary Health Festival

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The Solutionary Events team is excited to bring the Solutionary Health Festival to the Sarasota community! Guests will have the opportunity to learn about creating a healthy, compassionate, and regenerative world through a fun-filled festival starting at 11:00 a.m. and a 5K Run starting at 10:00 a.m. at the beautiful Oscar Scherer Park in Sarasota, Florida!

 

Featuring knowledgeable speakers, health food, live music from a variety of talented musicians, health-oriented vendors, a kids’ health zone, a scavenger hunt, yoga, a 5K race, and more, the Solutionary Health Festival is fun for all age groups and welcomes diversity! This event will occur from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the event is free (Parking is $5).

 

Solutionary Events is a 501c3 non-profit educational outreach organization with a mission to create healthy, compassionate, and regenerative communities through coordinating vegan and socially responsible events such as festivals, workshops, seminars, potlucks, beach/park, cleanups, film screenings, outreach events, races/walks, and other events that align with the values of Solutionary Events’ mission. Through the knowledge, experience, and dedication of solutionaries (people who take part in solutions instead of problems), the team offers valuable resources to people interested in learning about healthy living. The Solutionary Events team embraces the key elements of living a full and meaningful life through promoting conscientious and compassionate lifestyle choices. Learn more at www.solutionaryfestival.org!

PHOTOS: EDC Orlando was a huge rainbow dance party

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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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8th Annual Tampa Bay Veg Fest

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Tampa Bay Veg Fest is back for the 8th year running!

 

Tampa Bay Veg Fest is an annual event that welcomes the Tampa community and beyond to celebrate all things healthy, compassionate, and environmentally sustainable. Featuring nationally renowned speakers, 100 veg-friendly vendors/exhibitors, animal rescue groups, vegan food, raw/cooking demonstrations, humane education, live music & entertainment, yoga classes, film screenings, a scavenger hunt appropriate for adults and kids, and activities for children and families, Veg Fest offers a diverse experience for all to learn about living a healthy, compassionate, and eco-friendly lifestyle. Tampa Bay Veg Fest is free to attend, and the speakers, demonstrations, music, and children’s activities are likewise free of charge. Vegan food samples will be available at the event, as will many opportunities to learn about vegan food, ideas, and lifestyle.

 

This Veg Fest won the Juror’s Choice Award in 2016 from Tampa’s Urban Excellence Awards, and has been named one of the 10 must-attend vegan festivals in the U.S. by One Green Planet. Approximately 12,000 people are expected to attend the event throughout the day.

 

Tampa Bay Veg Fest is November 4 from 10AM to 5PM and is  located at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park in the Channelside district of downtown Tampa. Learn more at www.tampabayvegfest.org!

Orlando gathers downtown to celebrate Come Out With Pride

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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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Celebrating Pride in the Trump era

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of National Gay Media Association
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Possible changes in the way LGBT Pride celebrations are carried out in cities and towns throughout the nation in response to fears of a rollback of LGBT rights under the Trump administration are expected to be a hot topic at a conference in Washington this weekend of Pride leaders from more than a dozen states.

The conference, called The Magic of Pride, taking place March 9-12 at the Washington Hilton Hotel, was expected to include Pride leaders from states in the Northeast and Southeast regions of the country. The Capital Pride Alliance, which organizes D.C.’s annual Pride parade and festival, was serving as host for the conference.

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St. Pete Pride to move parade downtown, keep street festival in Grand Central

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St. Pete Pride announced March 2 via Facebook that the annual parade will move to the downtown area, but will keep the street festival in the Grand Central District.

“Today the City of St. Petersburg, Florida USA City Council voted unanimously to approve a five-year agreement with St. Pete Pride,” the post reads. “The shopper friendly Street Festival will remain in Grand Central while the Pride Parade will run through Downtown St. Pete. Special thanks to [St. Petersburg Mayor] Rick Kriseman for his leadership in bringing everyone together. Beginning this year, we will celebrate diversity from Downtown St. Pete to Grand Central!”

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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.

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LGBT festival canceled in Haiti amid threats, government order

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Organizers of a cultural festival in Haiti celebrating the Afro-Caribbean LGBTQ community said Sept. 27 that it has been called off due to numerous threats of violence and a subsequent prohibition by a government commissioner.

The four-day Massimadi film, art and performance event was supposed to start Sept. 27 in the capital, Port-au-Prince, but organizers said it had to be postponed after a prominent Haitian cultural institution known as FOKAL and other co-hosts were threatened with arson and other attacks.

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Gay Woodstock organizer Elliot Tiber dies at age 81

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Elliot Tiber

NEW YORK (AP) — Elliot Tiber, an artist, screenplay writer and designer best known as the businessman who helped enable the staging of the landmark 1969 Woodstock music festival, has died. He was 81.

Tiber died Wednesday in a hospice in Boca Raton, Florida, after suffering a stroke, according to his art agent, Elisa Ball.

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