Pulse workers to be featured in Orlando Pride parade
Parade steps off at 3 p.m. Saturday
ORLANDO, Fla. – More than 50 staff members from Pulse Nightclub will be featured on a float in Saturday's Come Out With Pride Parade in downtown Orlando.
"It's going to bring back some good memories, and it is going to bring back some bad memories," Pulse Entertainment Director Neema Bahrami said.
Pride weekend, which was postponed to Saturday because of Hurricane Matthew, also will mark five months since the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
Bahrami said Pulse's float will include family members of the 49 people killed in the shooting, as well as those who survived.
They will be followed by 49 kites launched into the air to represent those killed.
"I was telling our DJs we want great, fun music," Bahrami said. "We want uplifting stuff. We don't want anything sad. We want things to be happy all day and all night."
More than 150,000 people are expected at Lake Eola on Saturday for the parade and the festival, which starts at noon.
Bahrami said after the parade, his staff is going to re-create Pulse Nightclub at an after-party.
The music and dancing will take place at the corner of Washington and Summerlin, and he said it will feature several stages of live music.
"We're very excited that we can show our community that we will not stop fighting," Bahrami said.
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