Pride returns to Piedmont, moves to October

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The Atlanta Pride Festival will return to Piedmont Park this year, but the event will shift to October.

The changes to the festival, which suffered financial losses and smaller crowds after a move last year, were announced today by the Atlanta Pride Committee and the City of Atlanta.

The announcement also means a shift by city officials, who closed the crown jewel of the city’s park system to large-scale festivals a year ago. At the time, they cited concerns over the state’s long-running drought and outdoor watering ban and whether the events would damage the park’s greenscape.

The three-day Pride festival moved from Piedmont to the Atlanta Civic Center in 2008, a move that also shifted the festival to early July. Last October, Pride officials said the festival would return to its traditional late June date and be staged at the civic center and nearby Central Park.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

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