ORLANDO, Fla. – The 12th annual Come Out With Pride festival, which kicks off Thursday, will take on a different tone this year in the wake of the Pulse nightclub terror attack.
Organizers of the event said special tributes will be held throughout the weekend to honor the 49 lives lost and dozens more injured in the June 12 mass shooting.
Among the changes this year, 147 groups will be featured in "The Most Colorful Parade."
The Saturday afternoon parade will also have a longer route and additional grand marshals from the Orlando community.
More than 150,000 are expected to attend the weekend festival, which was postponed five weeks due to Hurricane Matthew.
SunRail service has been been extended to Saturday to accommodate the big crowds.
A full list of events has been posted to comeoutwithpride.com.