Below are answers to commonly asked questions (more information about the 2016 festival will be available soon). Should you not be able to find what you are looking for, please contact us by clicking here. Allow 24-48 hours for an answer.
For information following the tragic shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on Sunday, June 12 please click here.
When/where is Come Out With Pride 2016?
Come Out With Pride’s event this year, 2016, will be held October 8. The week will include a series of official events leading to the main event on Saturday, October 8 from Noon to 10pm at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando.
Do I need to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community to participate?
Absolutely not! We welcome and encourage our straight allies to enjoy the day’s festivities together. Simply attending Come Out With Pride sends an important message to LGTBQ+ youth and others that they have the love and support of the larger community.
Are the Festival and Parade family-friendly?
The LGBTQ+ community is incredibly diverse and we aim to respect that diversity within our events throughout the week. We also recognize that many families with teenagers and young children wish to enjoy the day together, and thus we’ve made sure our parade and festival are appropriate for those audiences. There are even plenty of fun activities and areas just for kids!
Do I need to purchase a ticket for Come Out With Pride?
We are proud to keep most Come Out With Pride events completely FREE to the public, but do offer special ticketed events as well. VIP areas, Dinner and Fireworks, and some other events are specially ticketed, and may include special access, entertainment viewing areas, free food or free drinks.
What is the best way to stay updated of what’s happening during Pride Week?
Will the tragedy at Pulse be a focal point of Come Out With Pride?
There is no doubt that the attack which so greatly impacted our community will be a part of this year’s event, however we also want to showcase the love and support that emerged following such an act of hate. People from around the world showed their support to the people of Orlando in the weeks and months that followed, and at Come Out With Pride we will unite and stand together physically as we work to build a better future for our community.
Will security be present?
Every year we work closely with the Orlando Police Department (OPD) to make sure the event is safe for our guests. While we are not able to comment on what specific security measures are in place, visitors can expect our event location to be one of the safest areas in all of Orlando on October 8.
How can I sign up to volunteer?
Come Out With Pride is run entirely by volunteers from our production team to those assisting during our events. We are in need of filling some production roles in the months prior; please visit our production team volunteer opportunities page to learn more and apply. If you or your organization would like to help on one of the event days (October 6-8), a link will be available soon with more information.
How can my group participate in the parade?
Our parade at 4pm on October 8 is open to organizations and individuals who support the LGBTQ+ community, however space is limited so we recommend applying as soon as possible to secure a space. More information, pricing and the signup forms are available for non-profit groups and for-profit groups.
What kind of sponsorship/vendor opportunities are available?
Businesses and organizations have a variety of options that let them participate and enable Pride to give back. First, sponsorship opportunities ranging from $750 – $20,000+ levels are available and come with a variety of benefits, including a physical presence within our highly-trafficked Sponsor Walk area. Next, both for-profit groups and non-profit groups can sign up for a 10×10 booth within our Pride Festival Marketplace where you’re guaranteed to get a large audience throughout the day. Lastly food vendors can request to participate in this year’s event; our process requires interested businesses to fill out an application with details about their menu, and on a later date we will decide which to include.
I am a member of the media, what kind of access will be available at this year’s event?
There will be a variety of opportunities for credentialed members of the press to capture moments and get interviews during this year’s Come Out With Pride. A media pass is strongly encouraged if covering the event on-site, and will be required for access to official photography platforms and if interviewing any talent/personalities. Please visit our media credential request page to apply for access.
What are “official events” and how are they pre-screened?
Official events are organized by third-party promoters who have expressed interest in taking part in the week long celebration. The promoters submit a proposal to the Board of Come Out With Pride who approves the event. Promoters pay an “official event” fee which is flat and based on the day and length of the event. Such fee is put towards promoting the official events and the rights to use the name and logo of COWP which are trademarked. Promoters also receive assistance from COWP in the conceptual implementation of the event as well as recommendations based on COWP’s past experience.