You already know that the local leather and rubber crowds gather all year at Atlanta Eagle. What you may not remember is that when the bar hits its anniversary month in April, all of that fetish and gear hotness cranks up a notch.
The bar turns 31 during Atlanta Leather Pride on April 13-15. It's not just a party celebrating the years that have passed, but honoring those who keep it rocking week-after-week as if no time has passed at all.
Kneel down and strap on what you need to know before you get up and head out.
Atlanta Leather Pride is way more than the Mr. & Ms. Atlanta Eagle and Mr. Southeast Rubber contests, though Saturday’s main event is certainly a highlight. It's actually multiple events through Sunday.
Before you watch the titles and sashes pass from last year’s reps to a new crop of doms and subs, hit Fetish Night on Friday for bootblacking and kink demos, and rock Saturday’s afternoon gear swap or evening $5 BBQ Beer Blast on the Eagle patio. After the contests that night, the Sweat Victory Party goes into the night with DJ Neon the GloGoBear. A Sunday brunch at Roxx wraps the weekend.
The bar’s owner and the weekend’s organizers are legendary for making clear that everyone is welcome at their events. Their Pride is no different, and lord knows you should try it at least once. Partiers across the kink spectrum, from plain vanilla to extra kink, are encouraged to attend and get to know these locals with big hearts.
Speaking of those infamously giving hearts, proceeds from the weekend benefit the Leather Heart Foundation, which helps members of the community in need. Find more on them at leatherheart.org.
Eagle Has Landed
There’s only one appropriate place for all this awesomeness to happen. Leather Pride coincides with Atlanta Eagle’s 31st anniversary. Though updates and upgrades have happened to the building on Ponce de Leon Avenue at Myrtle Street over three decades – and lord there’s been public triumphs and tribulations – the love of the Eagle’s owner for the clientele, and the sense of ownership he shares with his patrons, hasn’t changed.
Richard Ramey bought the bar 21 years ago and continues to shepherd its legacy.
All. Weekend. Long
If you haven’t gathered yet, make a note, tap it into your calendar, or write it on your hand. Atlanta Leather Pride starts Friday and continues through Sunday. Rest up; you’ll need it.
Community. Community. Community
Yes, Atlanta Leather Pride is clearly a celebration of Atlanta’s leather-Levi aficionados and their sensual penchants. But it’s so much more.
Welcome to a whole weekend that’s at its heart about community, about accepting everyone for who they are and who they love, and about giving back to those who need a helping hand.
This article originally appeared in Q magazine. Pick it up around town, and read the digital version below: