Orlando’s Come Out With Pride Festival is back, and it won’t be the same without you. Join the fun and support Central Florida’s LGBTQ+ community during the week-long celebration this October.

There is only one Orlando — and it is for everyone. That’s why we’ve earned a perfect score eight years in a row from the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, which measures the LGBTQ+ inclusiveness of cities’ laws, policies and services. We’ve also been at the forefront of LGBTQ+ tourism since 1991, starting with the original GayDayS® and expanding to other high-profile events.

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One of the best is our Come Out With Pride Festival, which returns to celebrate LGBTQ+ pride and support at downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park on Oct. 21, 2023. Aligned with October’s National Gay and Lesbian History Month, the festival is also partnered with several related events that start Oct. 10. It’s fun for all regardless of age, gender identity, race, ability or sexual orientation — and you are invited.

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Insider’s Guide to Orlando’s Come Out With Pride Festival 2023

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Come Out With Pride Orlando (Photo: Carlos Guillermo-Smith)

Orlando’s Come Out With Pride Festival is produced by Come Out With Pride Inc., a volunteer-led organization that makes a positive impact in Orlando’s LGBTQ+ community through special events, grants and scholarship programs. Now in its 18th year, the festival welcomes everyone from Central Florida and beyond to come together for a beautiful, fun celebration of unity and acceptance.

This year’s theme is “Stronger Together” — reflecting the LGBTQ+ community’s united stance against the current challenging climate. Kicking off at noon and running till 10 p.m., the festival will have plenty of reasons to attend, including:

Pride sign at the 2021 Come Out With Pride Orlando parade
The Most Colorful Parade at Orlando’s Come Out With Pride Festival

The Most Colorful Parade

Come Out With Pride Festival’s centerpiece is The Most Colorful Parade, featuring more than 100 groups strolling a 1-mile route through downtown Orlando. Scheduled to start at 4 p.m., it will be led by the following Grand Marshals:

  • Dempsey Jara: 12-year-old Central Florida trans activist
  • Simone Chriss: Civil rights attorney for Southern Legal Counsel
  • John Paonessa, Mike Rogier and Gary Israel: Co-owners of Hamburger Mary’s in downtown Orlando
  • Blue Star: Visionary entertainer and 2023 recipient of The Debbie Simmons Community Excellence Award
  • Darcel Stevens: Activist, drag legend and 2023 recipient of The Sam Singhaus Legends in Pride Award

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See Live Entertainment at Orlando’s Come Out With Pride Festival

Live Entertainment

Orlando’s Come Out With Pride Festival features two stages of entertainment, including musicians, DJs, dancing and much more. They include:

The Diva Stage

Presented by Show Imaging Inc. and hosted by Anjelica Sanchez, this stage will showcase incredible drag and burlesque performances, featuring divas from some of Orlando’s most popular LGBTQ+ establishments and groups. Expect performances from Haus of Cavalli, Off the Record Wednesdays’ tribute to Beyonce’s Renaissance Tour, Darcel Stevens, Orlando Drag Race Live, MissTree Huggah’s Treehouse, Haus of San Miguel, Girl The Party’s Les Vixens, and more with headliner LaLa Ri (winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ Season 8 Fame Games).

The Club Pride Stage

Dance your heart out with high-energy DJ Scott Robert, club-style lighting, and tons of fun surprises and activations, plus headliner Big Freedia.

2021 Come Out With Pride Orlando event marketplace booth
Pride Marketplace at Orlando’s Come Out With Pride Festival

More Festival Features

Boasting something for everyone, the day-long celebration will offer a plethora of experiences, which will also include:

Pride Marketplace

Over 200 vendors take over Robinson Street from end to end, showing their support for our community while showcasing their products and services.

Three Food Courts With 40+ Vendors

Enjoy everything Central Florida’s diverse culinary scene has to offer, from food trucks to local restaurant stalls and all your favorite festival foods.

Rainbow Ranch banner at the 2021 Come Out With Pride Orlando event
Rainbow Ranch Family Zone at Orlando’s Come Out With Pride Festival

Rainbow Ranch Family Zone

Join our friends from Central Florida Community Arts, YMCA and the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. This zone will feature arts and crafts, performances, book giveaways, and storytime.

Youth Pride Zone

Join our friends from Zebra Youth, YMCA and Color Me Queer for games, activities, and the chance to meet and mingle with other youth.

Trans Pride

New this year — welcome to our Trans Pride! Presented by Crew Health and PetSmart, this lounge area is created by and for the members of the trans and non-binary community. Come chill with us!

Sober Pride

Presented by Pineapple Health, this area will have a mocktail bar, a photo booth van and some surprise experiences.

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Get the VIP Treatment With Optional Upgrades at Orlando’s Come Out With Pride Festival

Optional Upgrades

Free to attend, the Come Out With Pride Festival also offers two specially ticketed upgrades:

VIP Experiences

Relax, refresh and re-energize with incredible amenities such as dedicated bars and delicious food inside two air-conditioned VIP tents, luxury air-conditioned bathrooms, and premier bleacher viewing areas. TB Bank is the presenting sponsor for the Firework Viewing VIP Experience.

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Official Come Out With Pride Festival 2023 Events

2021 Come Out With Pride Orlando fireworks at Lake Eola
Fireworks Over Lake Eola at Come Out With Pride Orlando

Featuring a range of activities, Come Out With Pride Festival’s schedule of official events runs from Oct. 10 – 21, 2023. You can also look forward to ancillary celebrations at numerous LGBTQ+ nightspots, including Savoy Orlando and The Hammered Lamb in the downtown area.

If you want to make a full week of it, book a room at the event’s official host hotel, AC Hotel by Marriott Orlando Downtown. But first, read on to learn about other Come Out With Pride festivities you won’t want to miss.

Todrick Hall’s Velvet Rage Tour (Oct. 10, 2023)

House of Blues at Disney Springs® will present Todrick Hall in partnership with Come Out With Pride Orlando. This pre-Pride celebration is for guests 18 and up.

Zebra Youth Strikes for Stripes Fundraiser (Oct. 15, 2023)

Zebra Youth presents their inaugural Strikes For Stripes bowling fundraiser at Aloma Bowl in Winter Park. This fundraiser gives friends and family the opportunity to bring their A-game and compete for fabulous prizes while supporting the future of LGBTQ+ youth.

Final Stop: Florida — Familia en el Sur (Oct. 20, 2023)

The Trans Queer Liberation Movement is closing out their “Familia en el Sur” tour at The Center in Orlando’s Ivanhoe Park Main Street. This movement spurs an initiative to connect with Queer and Trans Latine/Latinx folks with a night of family, fun, entertainment, games and food.

One Magical Weekend’s Official After Pride Party (Oct. 21, 2023)

Known for hosting international LGBTQ+ experiences at Walt Disney World Resort every June, One Magical Weekend will host the Official After Pride Party for Orlando Pride 2023. Featuring DJs, performances, themed decor and more, the event will take place at The Abbey in downtown Orlando.

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