No city in the southern United States throws a more potent Gay Pride celebration than Atlanta, which has for many years took place in late June. Atlanta Gay Pride takews place at leafy (and centrally located) Piedmont Park in early to mid-October. This is an important time for Atlanta's GLBT community, as National Coming Out Day is observed in October, and the Atlanta AIDS Walk takes place later the same month, on October 20). The dates of this year's Atlanta Gay Pride are October 12 and 13, 2013.Check out our video on attending Atlanta Gay Pride
More on Atlanta Gay Pride will be posted here as information is made available. Here's a look at last year's event:
Atlanta's Pride celebration centers around a handful of events over this three-day autumn weekend as well as some activities and gatherings taking place the weeks prior.
The fun kicks off on Friday with an Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party, held from 7 pm until 11:30 pm at the fantastic Georgia Aquarium - this party includes dancing to tunes from acclaimed local DJs Vicki Powell and Corey Craig. This party tends to sell out early, so it's advisable to purchase tickets ASAP.
The actual Pride Festival takes place throughout the two-day weekend and includes plenty of top-notch entertainment on the stages at the festival grounds in Piedmont Park, as well as a Pride Market (held from 10 am until 7 pm each day) featuring some 200 vendors and organizations from the greater Atlanta GLBT community. Another fixture throughout the weekend is a Pride Human Rights Exhibit, which is installed on the bridge over the lake in Piedmont Park. Featured entertainment this year at the Atlanta Gay Pride Festival include Erasure's Andy Bell, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, Rita Ora, Crystal Waters, Kristine W, Demize, Justin Utley, Kat Graham, Starlight Cabaret, the Michel Jon's Band, and more.
There's also a Pride Parade held on Sunday, beginning at 1 pm (floats and participants will begin assembling around 10:30 that morning) and departing from the Marta Civic Center Station - the parade ends at Piedmont Park (Here's a map of the parade route). And on Saturday the Atlanta Dyke March commences at 6 pm from Charles Allen Gate (in Piedmont Park at 10th St. NE and Monroe Dr. NE).
Of course, additionally, numerous gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Week. Check local gay websites, such as Georgia Voice and AtlantaBoy.com, for details. Also take a look at the excellent GLBT site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Atlanta CVB.