Atlanta Pride teases virtual festival programming

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As details come together and with the main event just over two weeks away, Atlanta Pride Committee let leak a few of the highlights to expect during this year’s all-online programming.

Coronavirus decimated plans for just about everything LGBTQ in the ATL in 2020, and Pride was no different. It may be the saddest event loss of all, though, because this is the 50th anniversary year. The committee put off cancelation for as long as they could.

“While this has definitely been an unusual year for everyone, our team has pulled out all the stops to make sure that this 50th anniversary milestone is memorable,” said Jamie Fergerson, Atlanta Pride’s executive director. “Let me be the first to say, ‘Happy Pride!’”

A whopping 10 days of pre-recorded and live video streams on the Atlanta Pride website culminate on Oct. 11. The exact timing is still in the works and under wraps.

“Virtual events will take place beginning as early as September 29 and continue throughout the festival week and all day on October 10 and 11,” the festival announcement states. “The line-up features an interactive virtual marketplace with a scavenger hunt, children’s programming, music, artist and author talks, and collaborative programming with several community partners.”

Pride loops in some existing COVID-Era programming for Pride Week. Look for wellness programming like yoga and nutrition tips, plus a virtual 5k, suicide prevention workshops, and a virtual town hall on the impacts of COVID-19 on queer Atlanta.

Centerpiece events

While we wait on the full schedule, Pride Weekend evenings are booked. The Starlight Cabaret drag show streams pre-recorded at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11. The newer Shooting Stars Cabaret returns on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.

Of course, you can’t do this, and there’ll be none of that. But in place of the parade of fabulosity through Midtown that you’re used to, CBS 46 broadcasts a pre-recorded special at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Since Pride 2020 is entirely on home screens, official Pride Packs amp up at-home celebrations with catered fare. Pre-order and pick-up to benefit Atlanta Pride.

Expect more information, including the full schedule, this week at atlantapride.org.

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