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Birmingham Gay Pride 2014 - Central Alabama Gay Pride 2014

The gay pride celebration of central Alabama

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The fountain in the center of Five Points, a diverse downtown Birmingham neighborhood where the Central Alabama Pride Parade takes place each year

photo by Andrew Collins

The largest city in the conservative state of Alabama, Birmingham (metro population 1.2 million) is also home to the largest concentration of LGBT residents and gay and lesbian bars and related businesses in the state. Each year beginning in early June, the city is host to the Central Alabama Pride Celebration, which includes a variety of parties, events, and observances known as the "8 Days of Pride" and culminates with an evening Gay Pride Parade - the unconfirmed but likely date this year is Saturday, June 7, 2014, and the Pride Festival at Sloss takes place the following day (Sunday, June 8, 2014).

Last year the parade kicked off around 7:30 pm and passed through Birmingham's hip and bustling Five Points neighborhood. The Pride Festival took place on Sunday from 12:30 pm and continued throughout the day, until 9:15 pm - it was held at Birmingham's famed Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark park, and the headliner last year was the always-entertaining Chad Michaels.

Additionally, numerous bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Weekend. For tips on visiting the area, take a look at the excellent site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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