Celebrating its 15th year in the community, the Come Out With Pride (COWP) festival is one of the most anticipated LGBTQ+ events in Central Florida. Last year, the COWP festival entertained over 175,000 attendees, and this year’s events encourage even more participants to join the celebration. This single-day festival takes over Orlando on October 12 at Lake Eola Park, and it’s full of pride from start to finish. Here’s a look at every way to show and support the festival.
Drag Race 5K
This 5K event kicks off the festival with full force and stunning outfits. The course takes runners through downtown Orlando to show their pride on the quickest catwalk in town. Grab a seat and watch participants make their way to the finish line in true COWP fashion, or stop by nearby booths to experience an assortment of local food, drinks, and entertainment.
Come Out With Pride is known for putting the LGBTQ+ community in the spotlight, and there’s no bigger way to show supportive spirit than to join the pride parade. The COWP parade features over 100 groups each with their own original marching pride. Stretching over one mile through downtown Orlando, the parade features floats, performances, and endless pride.
COWP is equally as entertaining as it is impactful. Both the Pride Stage and Amphitheater Stage feature live entertainment with special celebrity headliners. Each stage is near plenty of local food and bar options to make every minute more exciting.
Come Out With Pride Fireworks
All the activities of COWP culminate when night falls and the fireworks show illuminates the sky above Lake Eola with a prideful display of color. While fireworks light up the view, a musical soundtrack guides attendees through an auditory journey that pairs with each burst of color to create a sensory experience.
A Proud Orlando Hotel
Admission is free, but the memories and moments of Come Out With Pride are priceless. If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay that’s close to the action of COWP, book your stay with the Rosen Midpointe Hotel. Just a short drive from downtown Orlando and the best local attractions, our location puts you in the heart of Central Florida pride. To reserve your room, call 407-351-5100 or click the “Check Room Availability” button at the top of the page.