PHOTOS: Halloween was scary, good fun at Parliament House

By : Danny Garcia
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ORLANDO | Even with Halloween being on a Thursday this year, crowds packed into the Parliament House in Orlando Oct. 31 to show off their costumes, as well as participate in the club’s weekly Latin Night party and Bearoke in the Bear Den.

The main pool stage was the location for the night’s $3,000 grand prize costume contest. The final two consisted of Saturday night’s costume contest runner-up, Maleficent — with an impressive wingspan — and “Game of Thrones” villain White Walker riding a dragon who breathed actual fire.

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Southern Nights, Parliament House to honor Carmella Marcella Garcia with ‘A Celebration of Life’

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ABOVE: George Timothy Reed (L) and his drag persona, Carmella Marcella Garcia. (Photos from Reed’s Facebook)

ORLANDO | George Timothy Reed, better known in the community as Carmella Marcella Garcia, passed away on Oct. 15 after a long-fought battle with cancer. He was 57. Reed was known in the drag community as the “Grand Ole Gal of the South,” or just Mella to friends.

Reed was a regular performer throughout Central Florida for many years frequenting the stages at Parliament House, Southern Nights and Pulse. Perhaps Reed’s most endearing legacy in Central Florida was the creation of Orlando’s Easter fixture Babes in Bonnets more than 20 years ago. Thanks to Reed’s vision, Babes in Bonnets has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the LGBTQ youth of Central Florida since its beginnings.

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PHOTOS: Parliament House celebrates Halloween early with huge costume party

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ORLANDO | It was a dark and stormy night, well it was earlier in the evening, but once the clouds parted and the rain went away the Halloween revelers crowded Parliament House Orlando for a night of dancing, drinking and all around good scares Oct. 26.

Parliament House’s annual Halloween Costume Contest is notorious for bringing out some of Central Florida’s most creative people all itching to win the grand prize — $5,000 cold hard cash!

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Halloween 2019 events in Central Florida and Tampa Bay

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Whether you are looking for a spooktacular family-friendly outing or scares intended for adults, we have got you covered.

We gathered LGBTQ community and friendly events throughout Central Florida and Tampa Bay. We also took the liberty of listing costume contests throughout each area for those of you who are crafty and looking to earn a little cold hard cash and/or a few Halloween prizes.

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Legendary ‘Grand Ole Gal of the South’ Carmella Marcella Garcia passes away

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ABOVE: Carmella Marcella Garcia performing during the Babes in Bonnets fundraiser at Parliament House in 2018. (Photo by Tabitha Widby)

ORLANDO | George Timothy Reed, better known in the community as Carmella Marcella Garcia, passed away on Oct. 15 after a long-fought battle with cancer. He was 57. Reed was known in the drag community as the the “Grand Ole Gal of the South,” or just Mella to friends.

Reed started his career in Nashville in the mid 80’s performing at the Cabaret, Warehouse 28 and PLAY Dancebar. He worked in over 30 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada, according to OurCommunityRoots.com. The Kentucky-native won numerous titles and crowns including Miss Gay Orlando, Miss Gay Florida USofA, Miss Gay Florida America, Miss Gay USofA at Large and Miss Universe at Large, just to name a few.

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Taffy’s back with a drag queen party bus to Tampa

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Get on the bus bish, we are heading to the Bay!

Orlando performer Doug Ba’aser—also known by his drag persona, Taffy—is organizing a night of “drinking, dancing and depravity” with Taffy’s Tampa Trip Oct. 5.

The night will begin at the world-famous Parliament House at 7 p.m. followed by a luxury coach ride from Orlando to Tampa.

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PHOTOS: GayDayS holds kick-off at Parliament House, announces new host hotel for 2020

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ORLANDO | GayDayS held the kick-off party to its 2019 weekend of events at the Parliament House in Orlando Aug. 13.

GayDayS weekend begins at the Wyndham Orlando Resort on Aug. 15 and runs through Aug. 18 with pool parties, expos and an array of other events.

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Watermark’s event guide to your GayDayS weekend

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GayDayS is keeping you busy with nearly a full week of pool parties, expos and events Aug. 13-18, and with so much going on it can be easy to miss out on an event—but have no fear, Watermark is here!

We have gathered all of the official GayDayS events—single day, recurring and pool-related—on this page. As well, we listed the suggested theme parks each day so you can be sure that you do not miss a single moment of fun in and out of the sun.

Times, locations and prices are subject to change. To purchase tickets, visit GayDayS.com.

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‘Drag Race’ muscle queen Kameron Michaels takes Parliament House stage for GayDayS

By : Jeremy Williams
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Even within a profession built on marching to the beat of your own drum, Kameron Michaels isn’t your typical drag performer. Michaels has many tattoos and puts a lot of focus on weight training and physical fitness, earning the nickname “muscle queen,” which has helped her develop a unique drag appearance.

Along with muscle queen and drag superstar, Michaels is adding the title of recording artist to the mix with the release of “Freedom,” her new single. Michaels is bringing the muscles, the tats and the new single to the Parliament House Aug. 16 for Orlando’s GayDayS weekend.

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Orlando LGBTQ clubs bring the queens for GayDayS weekend

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GayDayS weekend will not only be popping at the host hotel. Orlando’s clubs and bars are having parties of their own and they are certain to be lit!

Below we have gathered information on some of the hottest queens taking Orlando’s GayDayS weekend by storm.

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Come Out With Pride announces theme, events for 2019 celebration

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ABOVE: Come Out With Pride board members (L-R) Marc Espeso, Nate West, Karen Brown, Clayton Altman, Jeff Prystajko, Blue Star and Joyce Almeida at the 2019 events announcement July 31. (Photo by Jeremy Williams)

ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride (COWP) announced its official theme, entertainers and list of events during a press conference at The Venue in Orlando July 31.

“2018 was a spectacular year. The weather was perfect and we had a lot of changes; the layout changed, we added a new stage, we added a huge new Marketplace, the energy level was absolutely incredible and we want to keep that going,” said COWP Board President Jeff Prystajko during the press conference.

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PHOTOS: Parliament House closes out Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend with huge Sunday Funday

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The Parliament House pool area filled up quickly June 2 as folks gathered to soaked up the Florida sun and celebrate resort’s Sunday afternoon Andrew Christian pool party and underwear contest.

The contest was won won by Tampa Bay photographer and personal trainer Jamarcus Mosley, who won over $200 in prizes.

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