The 48th Annual Atlanta Pride Festival and Parade is right around the corner.
“We are growing every year. So this will be our largest parade and festival ever,” Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director Jamie Fergerson said.
The LGBTQ+ community will be celebrated at local events, ranging from parties to a pageant, leading up to the main events of the festival and parade happening from Oct. 12- Oct. 14.
“We anticipate that through all of the events throughout the week, … we will have more than 300,000 people in attendance at all of the events,” Fergerson said.
Here’s what to expect during the upcoming Atlanta Pride Festival and Parade.
Parades and Marches
The Atlanta Pride Parade will kick off on Oct. 14 at noon sharp. The procession will begin at the Civic Center MARTA Station and will course through the city until it ends at the Charles Allen Gate entrance of Piedmont Park.
On Saturday, there will be two marches, The Annual Trans March and The Annual Dyke March. The Trans March will step off from the Charles Allen Gate at 1:15 p.m. and the Dyke March will begin at the same location at 6 p.m.
During the two-day festival happening from Oct. 13 to 14 in Piedmont Park, there will be a wide array of musicians that will be performing on the three stages in the festival grounds. Singer Mike Posner, whose hit songs include “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” and “Cooler Than Me,” will be closing out the show on the Coca-Cola Stage on Oct. 13. Other artists performing on that Saturday include Bebe Rexha and Madison Beer on the Coca-Cola Stage.
There will be a comedy performance and a Queer Your Gender Dance Party on the Nissan Partners of Progress Stage on Oct. 13. On Sunday, Sweet Tea: A Queer Variety Show will be performing on the Heineken Stage starting at 3:30 p.m. Visit the Atlanta Pride website for more entertainment line-up information.
“There’s really something for really everyone, whether you’re a child or you’ve been around a little longer,” Fergerson said.
Keep the festival rules in mind before heading to the event being held in Piedmont Park. Pets are not allowed, according to the Atlanta Pride website. The organizers discourage food, beverages, grills, BBQs and coolers being brought into the festival grounds.
Events and Parties
Leading up to the festival and parade, Atlanta Pride will have events celebrating the local LGBTQ+ community.
“Man Made,” a film exploring the transgender male culture, will be shown at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema on Oct. 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. Then on Oct. 12, there will be the Atlanta Pride Official Kick Off happening at the Georgia Aquarium. A live DJ will be spinning tracks at the party and general admission for the event is $30.
Parking for kick-off party, marches and the parade can be booked in advance online through ParkWhiz, a partner of the Atlanta Pride Festival.