After a year of planning, fundraising and coordinating, the Atlanta Pride Committee invited its donors, sponsors and other special guests to help kick off Atlanta Pride on Friday in a VIP area at the Georgia Aquarium.
As thousands amassed to dance and mingle into the weekend at the annual Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party, the folks who make Pride happen enjoyed a private reception away from the melee with complementary food and cocktails as well as remarks by Pride organizers and Atlanta’s U.S. Rep. John Lewis (second photo). Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was also there shaking hands and posing for photos.
Before everyone headed out to join the throngs cocktailing their way at the full aquarium party, the VIPs were also treated to drag performances, including one by “RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Jujubee (bottom photo), who went on to host her own aquarium lounge as part of the larger party.
Photos by Sher Pruitt