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

By : Danny Garcia
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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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PHOTOS: ‘The Golden Gals LIVE!’ celebrate Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend with a pair of sold-out shows

By : Jeremy Williams
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“The Golden Gals LIVE!” returned to the Footlight Theatre at the world famous Parliament House for two special performances — one on Friday and one on Sunday — during Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend.

Ginger Minj, Divine Grace, Gidget Galore and MRMS Adrian were back as drag versions of Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia to recreate a pair of episodes from the groundbreaking TV series “The Golden Girls.”

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PHOTOS: Saturday Night at Parliament House’s Big Gay Weekend was a star-studded occasion

By : Danny Garcia
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Parliament House was the place to be for Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend on June 2.

In addition to the Footlight Players performing, the Parliament House hosted a huge double header at the world-famous resort. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 3, All-Stars 1 and All-Stars 4 contestant, and fan favorite, Manila Luzon performed and capping off the night by taking us to her house and showing us 100% Pure Love was the legendary Crystal Waters.

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PHOTOS: Adore Delano takes the stage for Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend at Parliament House

By : Jeremy Williams
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Parliament House’s concert series for Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend got started in a big way on Friday with Adore Delano.

Along with Delano taking the main stage by the pool, Parliament House had the beats dropping inside and the vendors selling hot merch in the courtyard.

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PHOTOS: Parliament House gets Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend started with PI@PH

By : Danny Garcia
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The tradition continues! PI @ PH returned to the Parliament House in Orlando, kicking off their big gay weekend loaded with entertainers, libations and so much more.

Early in the evening, Parliament House hosted a “RuPaul’s Drag Race” finale viewing party as an amuse-bouche to the night.

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‘The Golden Gals LIVE!’ heads back to Parliament House for Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Get your cheesecake ready, because the gals are back!

“The Golden Gals LIVE!”—the smash hit show that played to sold out crowds in March—is coming back to the world famous Parliament House’s Footlight Theatre for just two special performances during Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend.

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Orlando’s Big LGBTQ Weekend still has something for everyone

By : Jeremy Williams
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The newly created KindRED Pride Foundation is bringing some of the weekend’s most anticipated events, but the kickoff weekend to Orlando’s big Pride Month is packed full of some returning favorites and big surprises.

Just as with the last several years, RED Shirt Pride Days has a designated Disney theme park for each day from May 30-June 2.

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Come one, come all to a summer of fun as every body says love!

By : Watermark Staff
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As summer draws closer, everyone is starting to plan for what promises to be an epic season for the LGBTQ community. From beach days and backyard barbecues to the inaugural Red Shirt Pride Days in Orlando and the 17th annual St Pete Pride, there is going to be so much to do.

We here at Watermark say that there is no ideal body type for loving who you are and spending the summer having fun with your friends, family and community. That’s why, in observance of the summer season, we have gathered together a diverse collection of LGBTQ models from Central Florida and Tampa Bay to celebrate beautiful beach-ready bodies of all genders, races, sizes and shapes.

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Parliament House’s Darcel Stevens wins Miss Continental Plus 2019

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Parliament House Entertainment Director Darcel Stevens has been crowned Miss Continental Plus 2019.

Miss Continental Plus is a part of Continental Pageantry Systems, described as the ultimate female impersonation pageantry system throughout the world. The system began in 1980 and expanded to include Miss Continental Plus in 1990. The 2019 pageant featured 23 contestants, including Stevens, who was crowned in Chicago on April 23.

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PHOTOS: Babes in Bonnets raises $32,000 for OYA

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | The Parliament House hosted Babes in Bonnets, an Easter holiday tradition that raises funds for the Orlando Youth Alliance (OYA), at the Footlight Theatre in Orlando April 15.

The fundraiser, which was started 21 years ago by the legendary drag queen Carmella Marcella Garcia, brought in $32,000 for OYA programs and services.

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PHOTOS: Orlando recognizes Jazell Barbie Royale with city proclamation

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Mayor Buddy Dyer recognized the current Miss International Queen Jazell Barbie Royale with a proclamation to the city declaring it “Jazell Barbie Royale Day” in the city of Orlando on April 11.

Dyer and Royale were joined on the steps of City Hall by City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, Parliament House Entertainment Director Darcel Stevens, Orlando Police Captain Jim Young, Bliss CARES Medical Director Dr. Roberto Ortiz and many of Royale’s family, friends, fans and supporters.

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OYA and Parliament House’s Easter tradition continues with Babes in Bonnets

By : Abigail Brashear
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ABOVE: A sample of the bonnets auctioned off at the 2018 Babes in Bonnets event. Photo by Tabitha Widby

ORLANDO | The Parliament House will once again host the Easter holiday auction Babes in Bonnets, which fund raises for the Orlando Youth Alliance (OYA).

Each fundraiser over the past several years has continued to surpass the one before it, with last year’s auction bringing in a record $32,171. The fundraiser itself has been around for 21 years and was started by the legendary drag queen Carmella Marcella Garcia.

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