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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Orlando Overheard: Space Coast bar closure, RuPaul’s local queen and a Bingo break

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The Ultra Lounge is done 

A streak of sad news for the LGBTQ nightlife in the Space Coast: Not long after The Cold Keg burned down late last year, the Ultra Lounge at the historic Cocoa Village recently announced they had shut their doors for good after nearly 10 years.

The Ultra Lounge was a small hole-in-the-wall bar that packed a lot of punch for its small size.In fact, it was another home to Orlando’s Ginger Minj pre- and post-Drag Race. 

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Overheard in Orlando: Goodbye Peacock Lounge

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Goodbye to kitsch
WTF is going on in Orlando? After the Trader Joe’s opened in Winter Park, news spread that Mount Vernon Inn, home of the Red Fox Lounge, was closing to make room for a new complex and parking to assist with overcrowding. The unintentional vintage kitschy bar was a favorite for many in town thanks to the talents Mark and Lorna, who would sing and dance. Also recently announced, the Peacock Lounge closes at the end of the month. The Peacock Lounge was one of the first ambiguously gay martini bars that had opened in Orlando but then transitioned to more of an art bar, but still attracting a very diverse crowd. And lastly, Theatre Downtown’s Frank Helgenberg posted an announcement to its website announcing that after 25 years and over 300 performances, it’s Orange and Princeton location is closing. That’s thanks to a clause in the lease allowing Florida Hospital to end the relationship two years ahead of schedule. Frank went on to say the theater still plans on closing out its 2014 season and Theatre Downtown is seeking a new location to host the 2015 season.

Something Lil’ and something Grande
Parliament House Resort certainly drew in the crowds on the night of Come Out With Pride by hosting rapper Lil’ Kim, despite the Twitter storm of confusion that had many questioning whether or not she would perform. Before arriving in Orlando, the rapper was scheduled to perform and attend a meet and greet in Wilton Manors, which never happened. Social media was ablaze with complaints following that gig. To add to the confusion, Lil’ Kim reposted a tweet saying she would not be appearing at the P-House due to a conflict with her promoters. But the P-House quickly rectified the situation and verified her performance. Boca Raton’s own Frankie Grande was also in attendance at P-House Pride weekend and made a special appearance. The Big Brother star was well received. Rumors also circulated that talk show host Wendy Williams might pop in, but she was never spotted.

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