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Plus, I'll tell you my first concert if you tell me yours.

By Katie Johnston

It’s Friday y’all, and there is so much to celebrate this weekend, starting with tomorrow’s Come Out with Pride Festival and Parade

The festivities start at noon at Lake Eola and go all night. On the docket: the National Trans Visibility March. It’s the first time the event is being held in Orlando and it starts with a rally at 1 p.m. at the amphitheater before the march kicks off at 2 p.m.

Then you’re gonna want to find a good spot to watch the Pride parade that starts at 4 p.m. In addition to local celebrities, see performances by winners from “RuPaul's Drag Race”, Gottmik and Kylie Sonique Love. Saturday’s festivities will end with a fireworks finale at 9:15 p.m. 

Also new this year: a “dry dock sober area”, a space for festival-goers to enjoy all the fun without the booze. 

Do all these plans make you hungry? Good. Consider starting with a pre-parade brunch at The Hammered Lamb tomorrow and then finish the weekend strong at theCome Out with Pride brunch happening at the Dr. Phillips Center on Sunday.  

Here’s the procession map to determine your best set up and don’t forget your masks (but make ’em Pride!). Watch from your front lawn, your car, or near one of the landmarks — just do your best to play it safe, Orlando. There’s still a global pandemic happening out there.

Now, let’s jump in on the rest of the news heading into the weekend…

Five minutes and 32 seconds is all it'll take to get you caught up today. 😉

Mood. But especially when Friday coincides with Pride. 😎 (📸: @giphy) | Wanna see your photo here? Tag either #pulptown or @pulptown on Instagram to be featured as our IG of the Day!

What Orlando is talking about

💻 Got an idea for a startup? Just need the proverbial push to make it happen? Startup Weekend Orlando kicks off today where teams will spend 54 hours forming a business, developing a prototype, identifying customers, and getting one step closer to turning their dreams into reality. (Orlando Business Journal

🐶 Following last month’s devastating fire, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando has received almost $1 million in donations. And that number doesn’t even include the physical donations that poured in. You really know how to show up and show out, Orlando. 😍 (WFTV

  • Related: Speaking of Pet Alliance, the animal welfare org is hosting two adoption events tomorrow — one at PetSmart Lake Mary at 1 p.m. and the other at Pet Supermarket on Michigan Street at 2 p.m.

🖼️ The 48th Annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is back and kicks off tomorrow and Sunday at 9 a.m. With a high around 88, a low of 73, and only a slight chance of rain, it should be a good weekend to get outside and shop the wares of artisans from all over the world. (Bungalower

🌽 If you’ve been considering joining a CSA program, now’s the time. Ever Oak Farm launches its fall CSA box this weekend and you’re doubly in luck! You can also shop its farm stand on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Ever Oak Farm on Instagram)

🎵 The Red Hot Chili Peppers are making a tour stop in the City Beautiful next September and tickets go on sale today for all American Express cardholders. For everyone else, you’ll have to wait until next Friday, Oct. 15. The popular rock band is bringing The Strokes and Thundercat with them to Camping World Stadium on Sept. 15, 2022 and tickets start at $49.50. (Orlando Sentinel

🐠 Our neighbors to the east could soon be getting a state-of-the-art aquarium. The Port Canaveral commission voted unanimously to move forward on The Indian River Lagoon Conservation Campus and Aquarium, a self-sustaining 26-acre aquarium and marine animal rehabilitation center. If all things go accordingly, construction could start in 2024 with a completion date set for 2027. (Orlando Weekly

In heavier news… 

😷 Orange County is one of eight school districts being sanctioned for not complying with state rules regarding mask mandates. ​​The Florida Board of Education voted yesterday to withhold funds from school districts requiring students to wear masks without the option of a parent or guardian opt-out. For Orange County, that shakes out to $31,182 — the amount of the monthly salaries of the eight members of the Orange County School Board. (Orlando Sentinel

📰 Makieth Loyd’s murder trial begins today for the killing of Orlando Police Lieutenant Deborah Clayton. Loyd is accused of fatally shooting Clayton at the College Park Walmart after she tried to arrest him for killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend. His attorneys hope to prove self-defense. (WESH)

🎉 Winners of this week’s “I Spy” revealed

Earlier this week, I challenged our Pulptown+ members to a game of I Spy. It’s when I post a picture of something I’ve seen around town and then ask them to tell me where to find it. We switch back and forth between it and trivia every week. 

For this particular round of I Spy, I shared a pic of this Elvis shrine I saw while out on a bike ride and I posed the questions: A) Where can you find it? B) What’s its story?  

Wanna know the scoop? I wanna tell you. Sign up to be a Pulptown+ member and I promise to always keep things fun, lighthearted, and sometimes, brain-bending. When we aren’t testing our members’ knowledge of Orlando, we’re building them curated weekend itineraries instead. And oftentimes, I share personal insights — like the podcast that keeps me up at night, my favorite beverage and where to find it in Orlando, and more. 

Eight dollars a month. (Or $80 for the year.) That’s what it’ll cost you. And the reward? My never-ending gratitude. Oh, and Pulptown sticking around. It’s the little things, y’all. Always has been. Always will be.

Today

🍿Take it back to the late 80s with the classic "Gremlins" on the outdoor pop-up screen at Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)

🎶 Get a taste of Nashville's "Blue Bird Cafe" in Orlando featuring two local artists (Downtown)

🍿Watch as hosts Jeff Jones and Real Radio's Sabrina roast the cult classic "Showgirls" with hilarious commentary as the film plays on the big screen (Downtown)

📸 Don't miss opening night of "Eyewitness", a photo exhibit from local photographer Red Huber, happening at Snap! Orlando (South Eola)

🇩🇪 Don't pack up your dirndl and lederhosen just yet. Celebrate Oktoberfest at Hollerbach's Friday thru Sunday (Sanford)

Tomorrow

⚽️ Cheer on the Orlando Pride to a win over NJ/NY Gotham FC (Parramore)

🌈 So many Pride activities, so little time. Whatever you do, don't miss Saturday's Come Out with Pride Festival (Lake Eola)

🖼 Shop the 48th Annual Fall Art Fest/community sidewalk sale happening on Park Ave (Winter Park)

🏈 Root for the Knights to secure a W over the East Carolina Pirates (UCF)

🎶 Come sing/cry along at this Taylor Swift vs. Olivia Rodrigo dance party happening at Neon Beach (Downtown)

🇩🇪 Head to the Ravenous Pig beer garden for its first-ever Swinetoberfest feat. a German-style roast menu and a litre-hoisting competition (Winter Park)

🍿Spend your Saturday at the Enzian with its showing of the movie, "The Blob" (Maitland)

🎉 Put that pandemic beard to the test at this annual beard competition (Sanford)

🗣PechaKucha is back and is going down at the Dr. Phillips Center this Saturday night (Downtown)

🎶 Head to Leu Gardens for an evening of jazz, the blues, and everything in-between (Audubon Park)

Sunday

🎶 Don't miss your opportunity to send The Monkees off with a bang at their farewell tour stop at Hard Rock Live (Universal)

🎨 Don't miss the Winter Park Paint Out, a weeklong festival where 25 highly-acclaimed artists paint “en plein air,” just like the 19th-century French Impressionists thru Saturday, Oct. 16 (Winter Park)

🛍 Shop local makers at the Faire of the Dog pop-up market happening in front of Will's Pub (Mills 50)

Monday

🎶 The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents An Evening of Mozart (The Milk District)

One more thing

I’ll never forget my first concert. It was New Kids on the Block in Montgomery, Alabama circa 1990. My Big Momma took my sisters and me, and even from the nosebleeds, I knew no other concerts would ever top it. (I was wrong, thankfully. I’ve since cried three times watching Bon Iver live.) But it is an experience I’ll never forget and remains one of my earliest memories as a kid.

Anyway, tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. for NKOTB’s 2022 MixTape Tour, when they’ll make a stop at Amway Center on July 10 with Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley, and En Vogue. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya. 

Thanks for hanging in there ’til the end! See you again on Monday,

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

P.S. Now I’m dying to know — what was your first concert? Respond to this email and make my day, why don't ya?

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