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Two Orlando Pride Events Canceled Due to Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew

Organizers have called off Thursday and Friday events as the storm approaches but still hope to hold the parade and festival Saturday.

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Hurricane Matthew, expected to hit Florida Thursday, has forced the cancellation of two Pride events in Orlando.

The Pride Launch Party, set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Orlando's Abbey, has been canceled, Come Out With Pride organizers announced Wednesday. Also canceled was the Hamburger Mary's Pride on Church Street Block Party, scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday.

"At this time we are still on schedule for Saturday events and are actively monitoring the path of Matthew in order to make a determination regarding any additional postponements or cancellations," organizers said in a press release. "We expect to make a call Thursday morning following updated forecasts and discussions with local officials."

Events set for Saturday include the Pride parade and festival, along with a party to benefit those affected by the mass shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub in June. This is the city's first Pride celebration since the tragedy.

The storm has already hit Haiti and Cuba and is nearing other Caribbean nations. It has caused 11 deaths in the Caribbean so far, ABC News reports, and is expected to bring winds of up to 130 miles per hour as it approaches Florida. Many residents of coastal Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina have evacuated.

Come Out With Pride will post any updates to its website and social media channels.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.