Happy Pride Month! Family-Friendly Pride events in Central Florida

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Celebrate Pride Month! Family-Friendly Pride events in Central Florida

We are fortunate in the Orlando area to have a community that not only recognizes Pride Month, but also celebrates it in a family-friendly way that recognizes all types of love and kindness. From Gay Days in the tourist district to parades through our city streets, here is a list of ways to celebrate with Pride in Central Florida.

What: 6th Annual CommUNITY Rainbow Run & CommUNITY Festival
When: Saturday, June 4, 7am – 10:30am
Where: Wadeview Park, 2177 S Summerlin Ave, Orlando, FL 32806
Details: This 4.9k fun run benefits the onePULSE Foundation and the Natural Pulse Memorial & Museum. Registration for the race is $49.The race is followed by A Kid’s Fun Run at 9:15 for $5 per child. There’s also a community festival with entertainment, food & games. Register at https://www.communityrainbowrun.com/

What: KindRED Pride Foundation, The Pride Cup 
When: Saturday & Sunday, June 2-6
Where: Multiple venues around the theme park resort district
Details: This multi-sport LGBTQ+ competition is all about kindness with the motto “Be Kind Champion.” There’s a Beach Volleyball tournament, Cheer Competition, Cornhole games, Golf tournament, kickball, pickleball, women’s flag football, and more. For exact locations and times, visit www.kindredpride.org.

What: GayDayS® at Area Theme Parks #RedShirtDays
Where: Various Theme Parks & Resorts
When: May 30 – June 5
Details: GayDayS® began in 1991 to encourage the LGBTQ community to “Wear Red and Be Seen.” Since then, GayDayS® has grown into a massive celebration that spans the entire first week of June. Enjoy activities ranging from a family-friendly game of Drag Bingo to meetups at the theme parks. Not every event is for the kids, so be sure to read up on events and see a full schedule at www.gaydays.com

What: Pridefest Kissimmee
When: Saturday, June 4, 12pm – 5pm
Where: Kissimmee Civic Center, 201 E Dakin Ave, Kissimmee, FL 34741
Details: The City of Kissimmee hosts its annual PrideFest to acknowledge the local LGBTQ+ community. Activities will include live music, vendors, food trucks, kid zone, and advocacy groups.

What: Be The Rainbow Pet Pride Parade
When: Saturday, June 11, 10:00am
Where: Myrt Tharpe Square, 12 Stone St, Cocoa, FL 32922
Details: Dress your pet in a “Be the Rainbow” costume as they parade through Cocoa Village. There are prizes for the “most creative rainbow” pets! There is also a “Be the Rainbow” sticker scavenger hunt starting at 11am at Hello Again Books in Cocoa Village. The event benefits The Trevor Project.

What: 49 Bells Ceremony
When: Sunday, June 12, 11:45am – 1pm
Where: First United Methodist Church of Orlando, 142 E. Jackson St.
Details: June marks a dark moment in Central Florida history. On June 12, 2016 a gunman killed 49 people and injured dozens more at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando resulting in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. The annual tolling of the bells is part of the “Acts of Love and Kindness” movement created by the One Orlando Alliance. The First United Methodist Church is one of hundreds of churches around the world that will ring their bells to show solidarity with a message of love and kindness. The event follows the church’s 11am worship service which will include songs by the Orlando Gay Chorus.

What: Seminole County Big Gay Car Parade
When: Saturday, June 18, 11am – 1pm
Where: 250 S Ronald Reagan Blvd 114, Longwood, FL 32750
Details: Who doesn’t love a parade?! Join the Rainbow SenDems for what they call, “the gayest car parade that Seminole County has ever seen!” Participants are encouraged to decorate their cars to make them fabulous and to bring LGBTQ+ swag and trans and rainbow flags. Participants are encouraged to register HERE so they know how many vehicles to expect for the parade.

What: She Sells. Celebrates Pride.
When: Saturday, June 18, 12pm – 6pm
Where: 431 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801
Details: Join 25+ female and LGBTQ+ creatives, food trucks, artists, makers, and small business owners as they celebrate Pride month right off Lake Eola. The event is hosted by She Sells, a local collective of female creatives and small business owners.

 

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