Pearl Day sets Sept. comeback for Six Flags

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imageGird your loins, Six Flags Over Georgia patrons. The gays are coming.

Pearl Day, a laid-back effort aimed at packing the amusement park near Interstate 20 in Cobb County with LGBT fans, took a year off in 2008, but is planning a return this year. Organizers want 10,000 people to help take over the park Sept. 11 and take part in a weekend of activities.

“This year Pearl Day has undergone a complete reinvention and we feel it has come a long way from its past, which is why we have chosen to title this year’s event ‘Resurrection,'” Chip O’Kelley, vice president of Atlanta Pearl Day, says in a press release.

O’Kelley says Pearl Day named Atlanta Pride as a beneficiary for the event this year, with the group set to receive $5,000, according to Southern Voice. The donation could reach $15,000 if attendance surpasses 15,000 people.

Pearl Day kicks off a weekend of events that O’Kelley says also includes an event at Jungle Sept. 12 and brunch Sept. 13. Events at Six Flags will include transforming the Crystal Pistol into Club Pearl, a nightclub that will offer dance music by DJ Bill Berdeaux. DJ Rob Reum will greet guests to the park, which will be closed to the public during the Sept. 11 event, with remixes of popular favorites.

The event also launched a Facebook page. Tickets are now on sale for $30.

Pearl Day is not listed on the events calendar of the Six Flags website, though other theme days — including Christian Music Weekend 2009, ACE Spring Fling and several Military Appreciation Days — are included. The amusement park’s parent company, saddled with heavy debt, is facing strong speculation that it will file bankruptcy.

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