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Gay country singer Steve Grand joins Orlando Pride

OrlandoPride.jpgThe newly announced schedule of entertainers and honorees at next month’s Orlando Pride is a mix of both establshed and up-and-coming LGBT icons.

“We are quite ecstatic to have worked with several of our partners to bring about diversity and great talents to Orlando, not just on the day of Pride, but throughout the week. We have a little bit for everyone and that is exactly what we wanted to do as our community is a wonderful ‘collage’ that needed to be represented through our week long celebration,” said Come Out With Pride Executive Director Mikael Audebert in a statement.

Come Out with Pride Orlando will kick-up on Tuesday, Oct. 1, with the start of its film festival and a special appearance by filmmaker John Waters.

Waters will bring his one-man show, This Filthy World, to Orlando for a one-night performance at The Abbey entertainment center. Immediately following Waters’s show, there will be a free screening of I Talk to Strangers, a new documentary by Robbie Stokes Jr.

It will be all laughs on Wednesday, Oct. 2, for the Pink Collar Comedy Show at The Orlando Improv. Ginger Minj will play host to comedian Jeff Jones and special guests Carol Lee and Addisson Taylor.

Gay country singer and viral-video sensation Steve Grand will perform his song “All American Boy” at the official opening ceremony for Come Out with Pride, to be held at The Cheyenne on Church Street, Thursday, Oct. 3.

Also on Thursday, Orlando’s LGBT community and visitors are invited to attend Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. Come Out with Pride organizers are selling special admission packages and encouraging attendees to wear purple to show their pride.

Singer Martha Wash will headline an outdoor block party Friday, Oct. 4. Additional performers include Amy & Freddy, The Broadway Babes, DJ Bill Bennett and DJ Kirk.

A full day of activities are planned for Saturday, Oct. 6, as Come Out with Pride holds its official Pride Festival at Lake Eola. More than 150 vendors and organizations will be showcasing their products and services as part of the festival, In addition, there will be a morning 5K run, a designated family area, a mass commitment ceremony, a parade produced in partnership with Disney, live entertainment and an evening fireworks display.

On Saturday night, singer Taylor Dayne, who is also serving as one of the marshals for the Come Out with Pride parade, will perform at The Parliament House. She will be joined by guest DJ Randy Bettis and resident DJ Brianna.

The final day of Come Out with Pride, Sunday, Oct. 6., offers participants a number of options. There will be an offical brunch at Ember restaurant, as well as special opportunities to participate in the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival or visit the Kennedy Space Center.

Complete details and ticketing information for Come Out with Pride is available at comeoutwithpride.org.

As part of the 17th Annual LGBT Tourism SurveyOrlando ranked as on of the top liesure destinations for U.S. LGBT travelers. More information on visiting Orlando is available at orlandogaytravel.com and visitorlando.com/g-l-b-t.

 

Troy Petenbrink is Metro Weekly's contributing writer for food and travel. He can be reached at thegaytraveler@gmail.com.

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