Pride celebrates in the streets with big gay parade

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Floats and flags, drag queens and hunks, religious groups and political ones too all helped fill the Atlanta Pride parade on Sunday as it snaked through Midtown. Nearly two hours of rainbow revelry.

The moving celebration opened with the roar of dykes of bikes and closed with the Blitz Bus. In between were several grand marshals, including the LGBT plaintiffs suing to overturn Georgia's gay marriage ban, eight notable gay Atlanta folks and Honorary Grand Marshal Lea DeLaria, a comedian and Big Boo on “Orange Is the New Black.”

Since it's a gay parade, of course there was judging. The Latin Gay Community and its float won first place among non-profits, while Cox Enterprises took first among commercial entrants. Other winners: Armorettes (second, non-profit), Lifeline Animal Project (third, non-profit), Gay Straight Alliances of Atlanta (honorable mention, non-profit), Power 96.1 (second, commercial), Swinging Richards (third, commercial).

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