The hours-long parade – broadcast online by 11 Alive – opened with the Dykes on Bikes and closed with Wendy Tippens. In between were grand marshals – including a gay teen who became the face of LGBT homeless youth, a trans activist and out World War II veteran – and honorary grand marshals including Atlanta's own Violet Chachki, football jock Esera Tuaolo and Sam Brinton. And it all stepped across the new rainbow crosswalks in the heart of the gayborhood.
It's a gay parade, so of course there was judging. By protesters who stalled the parade before being overwhelmed by pansies, angels and the roar of LGBT motorcyclists. And later by a panel who awarded their bests among parade participants.
The Latin Gay Community took first place in the community category, at least the second year it's taken top honors for its float. Drag troupe the Armorettes won second place, cementing their place as always a bridesmaid. The group won second place in 2014 as well. Among businesses, InterContinental Hotels Group was awarded first place, with Club Rush taking second.
Before the parade, there were marches – one for dykes and another for trans people. Of course, Pride is all about the people in Piedmont Park and their Instagram selfies. And a weekend of celebrating in the clubs. We've got all the photos you'll want to see.