Hunky stars come out at night during Pride

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When night falls over Piedmont Park, the fun heats up across Atlanta on Pride weekend. Get ready for performances, parties and special guests that have way more than a star for every bar.

Whether those stars are porn stars, drag stars or of the shining iconic gay celeb variety, gay Atlanta’s bars go all out again this year. Check out our stable of big names below, and read all about their cohorts at each venue through Sunday.

DJ Brett Henrichsen


Starting with Country Pride Thursday, it only gets hotter as Pride Weekend passes at Heretic. Henrichsen (top photo) takes the reigns to officially kick off Pride on Friday, then get ready for DJ David Knapp on Saturday and the return of Bear Invasion on Sunday. Every last one of them is sure to deliver what Heretic always guarantees: one hot man-on-man dance party.


Boomer Banks


He has what it takes and knows how to use it. See this big – big! – porn star in all his glory when he rocks the Flock of Eagles party at Atlanta Eagle on Saturday. DJ Vicki Powell and her loyal followers will make sure and keep him to a beat.


Esera Tuaolo


Speaking of the Eagle, you may know this big hunk of football player from when he shook the NFL by coming out after retirement. But you may be n for a surprise when the former Atlanta Falcon and 2015 Atlanta Pride Honorary Grand Marshal returns to town with a Pride visit to the leather bar on Friday. Tuaolo sings his new single “Stronger” as part of his appearance. Read our interview.


DJ Paulo


When it comes to circuit legends, they don’t come any bigger than Paulo. He heats up the late-late night at Xion on Saturday night, 11 p.m. – 7 a.m. He’s followed by one of the few who can hold a candle to his awesomeness: DJ Alyson Calagna hits the afterhours at Xion on Sunday night/Monday morning.


Sean Duran


One of the hottest names in gay porn is this smokin' piece of Pure D American beef. The versatile adult film performer lays those baby blues on you, poses for pics and signs autographs on Thursday at Ten. Stick with the 10th Street venue for more guests all weekend, including Daryl Cox and Neon the Glowgobear on Saturday, and DJ Kraax – aka former Atlantan DJ Jay McCracken — on Sunday. Check our our full rundown with comments on all things Sean Duran.


DJ Joe Gauthreaux


GA Boy Productions hope to make this your new Pride edition. Close out the weekend with yet another dance party legend on the turntables at Opera on Sunday evening and way into the night.





Even if you’re stuck on a certain type of guy, every gay man’s roster has a little room for Cazwell on their sexy dream team. The rapper hits Jungle on Friday with DJ Chris Cox. All-star headliner DJ Tony Moran pumps the beats on Saturday with a special performance from Phoenix. Cazwell climbs in bed for our interview.




Lord have mercy! Not exactly hunky, but definitely fierce, no roundup of Pride nightlife in Atlanta this weekend would be complete without mentioning the cacophony of queens at Burkhart’s. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” called, and they’re going to need all their girls back, Burkhart’s! Raja, Pandora Boxx (photo), Detox, Violet Chachki, Nicole Paige Brooks, Phoenix and Trinity K. Bonet are all on tap.


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