Below are answers to commonly asked questions about Come Out With Pride. Should you not be able to find what you are looking for, please contact us by clicking here (Please allow 24-48 hours for an answer).
When/where is Come Out With Pride 2017?
Come Out With Pride’s event this year is Saturday, October 14 from noon until 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 and open to the public. We offer special ticketed events including the VIP Experience; these tickets may include special access, entertainment viewing areas, and food and drinks.
What is the best way to stay updated of what’s happening during Pride Week?
Where can I park?
Street parking around Downtown Orlando will be limited so it’s best to arrive early. There are also parking garages located within a 5-10 minute walk from Lake Eola Park. Please note that there are several street closures around Lake Eola so plan for extra time to arrive.
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 14.
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 various roles — please visit our volunteer opportunities page to learn more and apply.
How can my group participate in the parade?
Parade registration is still available by visiting our registration page — please note that space is limited and registration will sell out.
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. 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.
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 conduct interviews during this year’s Come Out With Pride. A media pass is strongly encouraged for covering the event on-site, and will be required for access to official photography platforms and interviews with any talent or 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 for consideration to the Board of Come Out With Pride. Promoters pay an “official event” fee which is flat rate based on the day and length of the event. The 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.