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VIEW PHOTOS | Atlanta Pride Dyke March @ Piedmont Park

imageMore than 100 people — a crowd of mostly women but joined by a few men — took part in the Dyke March Saturday during Atlanta Pride and sprinkled some activism into the weekend festivities.

Like the entire festival, the Dyke March benefited from sunny skies and drew a larger crowd than last year when chilly, wet weather dampened attendance.

The purpose of the march, according to Atlanta Pride organizers, is to empower women.

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This march is dedicated to the empowerment of the women of Atlanta and beyond. The Dyke March, with its focus on women, unites to create an atmosphere of inclusion and community. The march is open to all women loving women (trans-inclusive) of any race, culture, orientation, ability, health, socioeconomic level, family structure, faith or age! This march is a time to demonstrate our commitment to nurture and build a new tomorrow, united for equality and justice. We call on all women of Atlanta and beyond to join us as we march. We call on all women of Atlanta and beyond to join us as we march.

Though they may not be able to say it, Atlanta police escorted the Dyke March on its route around Piedmont Park with a phalanx of 14 motorcycle officers.

Follow our coverage of Atlanta Pride.

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