Atlanta Pride announces full schedule for 2010

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imageWith the 40th Atlanta Pride festival just three weeks away, organizers announce a slate of 18 official events in and out of Piedmont Park on Oct. 8-10.

Standards festival goers have come to expect include the kickoff party at the Georgia Aquarium with an afterparty at Jungle on Friday, Oct. 8, the Dyke March (top photo) and mass commitment ceremony on Saturday and of course, the Atlanta Pride parade (second photo) and Starlight Cabaret on Sunday are all on tap.

Pride puts some new swagger in its step, too. This year, look for a kickball tournament, an official women’s party at the Loft, and a closing night party at Opera, just to name a few.

image“Festival goers are bound to find a way to keep themselves entertained throughout this fun-filled weekend,” says JP Sheffield, executive director of Atlanta Pride, in the announcement.

Pride already announced its entertainers lineup with headliner Kimberley Locke from “American Idol” and its rejuvenated nightlife lineup.

Now, here’s a snapshot of the event roster. For full details, visit Atlanta Pride.

FRIDAY, OCT. 8
Atlanta Pride VIP Party

6 p.m.-8 p.m.
The Georgia Aquarium: Enter Ocean Ballrooms

Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party
6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
The Georgia Aquarium: Enter Main Entrance

Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff After Party
11 p.m.-3 a.m.
Jungle Club

SATURDAY, OCT. 9
Pride Kickball Tournament

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Piedmont Park Ball Fields

Children’s Carnival
10:30 a.m.-12 noon
Piedmont Park Playground

Trans March
Presented with support from TransQueer Nation
Assembly at 1 p.m., steps off at 1:30 p.m.
Meadow Overlook in Piedmont Park (near Charles Allen Gate)

YouthPride Event
“Rejuvenation: Fun in the Garden”

1 p.m.-4 p.m.
The Dock in Piedmont Park

Atlanta Pride Literary Showcase
1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Piedmont Park Pavilion (Bud Light Stage)

Dyke March
Assembly at 5:30 p.m., steps off at 6 p.m.
Charles Allen Gate at Piedmont Park

Commitment Ceremony
6:30 p.m.
Piedmont Park Pavilion (Bud Light Stage)

Official Atlanta Pride Women’s Party
Peach Mega Dance Party
9 p.m.-3 a.m.
Center Stage/The Loft, 18 and over

SUNDAY, OCT. 10
The Annual Atlanta Pride Parade

Kicks off at 1 p.m.

YouthPride Entertainment Block
3:40 p.m.
Bud Light Stage in Piedmont Park

The Starlight Cabaret
7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Coca-Cola Stage in Piedmont Park

Official Atlanta Pride Closing Party
Produced by Chris Coleman Enterprises
6 p.m.-3 a.m.
Opera Night Club, 21 & over

IN THE PIEDMONT PARK ALL WEEKEND
Pride Human Rights Exhibit

10 a.m.-7p.m.
The bridge over the Lake

The Community Health Expo
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Piedmont Park Marketplace

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