WorldPride will not be coming to Orlando in 2026

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ORLANDO | InterPride, an international organization that ties Pride together globally and the group behind WorldPride, announced Nov. 3 that Amsterdam, not Orlando, would be the host city for WorldPride in 2026.

Orlando put a bid in to host WorldPride in 2026 to coincide with the 10-year mark of the Pulse tragedy.

“On behalf of the Come Out With Pride Board of Directors, the WorldPride Bid Co-Chairs, and the planning committee, we would like to thank InterPride for the opportunity to bid for WorldPride 2026,” COWP posted to its social media. “We congratulate Amsterdam on their win and wish them the best. We are very proud of our efforts and accomplishments, knowing we stood tall with authenticity, grace and passion. We told our story for the world to hear! We are #OrlandoStrong and we will #KeepDancingOrlando!”

During the same announcement, InterPride also stated that Capital Pride in Washington, D.C. will host WorldPride in 2025. Originally awarded to Taiwan, the event was canceled when the island nation withdrew its bid after InterPride refused to let the Taiwanese organizers use the name of Taiwan in the event title.

InterPride made its decisions during its Annual General Meeting and World Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, held Oct. 27-30.

“The membership was asked to decide whether the event should not take place in 2025, or if it should be awarded to the first runner-up, the Capital Price Alliance (CPA) from Washington, D.C., U.S.A.,” the InterPride announcement said. “Seventy-four percent (74 percent) of the membership voted to award WorldPride 2025 to CPA, while 19 percent voted not to hold World Pride in 2025 and 7 percent abstained.”

InterPride members voted by a margin of 59% to 37% to select Amsterdam over Orlando.

According to the Washington Blade, Capital Pride says the proposed dates for WorldPride 2025 are May 22-June 8.

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