Orlando to make bid for 2026 World Cup, World Pride events


ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) — 2026 could be an explosive year for the City Beautiful.

“As the mayor of Orlando, I’m going to stick around one more term so I will be here in 2026,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said.

Orlando is bidding for the World Cup and World Pride in 2026. World Pride promotes LGBTQ and queer pride.

If Orlando wins the bid for 2026, it would be 10 years after the Pulse tragedy.

“I can think of no better way to honor the 49 victims than to bring World Pride here and I can think of no better place to hold world pride than Orlando,” activist and Pulse survivor Brandon Wolf said.

“To bring everyone here and to say thank you for all that love and support and to keep and to showcase – It’s going to absolutely incredible and we know the community will support us,” Come Out With Pride Orlando board president Jeff Prystajko said.

What an economic shot in the arm too.

“It will definitely draw millions of people to Orlando so the economic impact will be huge,” Dyer said.

Come Out with Pride Orlando and other interested parties gathered Monday night at the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek to start putting a serious bid together.

Come Out with Pride Orlando said World Pride is like the Olympics of pride events and Orlando will put in its bid in October of next year and the decision should come shortly after.

Orlando’s most likely competition for World Pride is Amsterdam. If you’d like to learn more about the event or how to get involved, click here.

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