Pride entertainers, events taking shape

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imageFrom the staples you expect — Starlight Cabaret, Commitment Ceremony, parade, Dyke March — to a few new events, the Atlanta Pride Festival is taking shape.

With 12 weeks before the weekend unfolds, organizers on Friday confirmed that some of the festival’s signature events are again in place, while also announcing a handful of entertainers now scheduled to perform. There are also events leading up to Pride, which is set for Oct. 30 to Nov. 1.

So far, the entertainment lineup for Pride includes Josh Zuckerman (top photo), Eric Himan & The Adams (middle photo), Halcyon (bottom photo) and Goddess & She. There’s also a YouthPride entertainment block on Nov. 1.

Event organizers say a final schedule, including a headline entertainer, will be unveiled by Sept. 1.

imageThe schedule for the weekend includes these events:

Official Pride Kickoff Party
Oct. 30, 6:30–10:30 p.m.
Georgia Aquarium.
Explore the aquarium with special after-hours viewings, rainbow water wall and DJ Martin Fry.
$17 in advance, $20 door

Pride Commitment Ceremony
Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m.
Piedmont Park Pavilion.
This year’s ceremony is sponsored by Macy’s, which will provide a gift for each registered couple.

Dyke March
Oct. 31, 6 p.m.
Step-off from the Charles Allen gate in Piedmont Park

Human Rights Exhibit
Oct. 31-Nov. 1
Piedmont Park North-to-South bridge
LGBT history, including Stonewall’s 40th anniversary, will be presented alongside art works by YouthPride members, who translated their coming out stories onto recycled doors as part of Art RAVE, funded by the United Way. Each piece unveils a colorful epiphany of struggle, pain and triumph.

Annual Atlanta Pride Parade
Nov. 1, 1 p.m.
Step-off from MARTA Civic Center Station, ending at Piedmont Park’s Charles Allen gate. This year includes the first-ever Miss Atlanta Pride and two grand marshals.

imageIn addition, Pride has organized a handful of events for the weeks leading up to the festival.

Papi’s Countdown to Pride
Las Margaritas holds a monthly event on a Sunday with 10 percent of sales benefiting Pride. The evening includes a DJ, drinks and tapas specials. The next event is set for Aug. 16.

Free Pet Shop Boys Tickets
Atlanta Pride and Bud Light are offering four chances to win free tickets to the Pet Shop Boys concert on Sept. 12 at Chastain Amphitheatre. Just stop by one of the events to register to win — Aug. 16 at Las Margaritas, Aug. 19 at the Heretic, Aug. 30 at Woofs, Sept. 10 at Mixx. There’s no purchase necessary to be eligible for the tickets, but each Bud Light you buy increases your chances.

Stride Into Pride
A weekly bar crawl each Wednesday leading up to the festival, including Sept. 23 at Woofs, Sept. 30 at Mixx, Oct. 7 at Belissima, Oct. 14 at Heretic, Oct. 21 at Blake’s and Oct. 28 at Jungle.

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