Sports groups celebrate Atlanta Pride

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Gay sports groups were out in full force during the Atlanta Pride Festival last weekend.

Several combined forces under a double-wide tent for the Atlanta Gay Sports Alliance, a collection of nine organizations from swimming to rodeo, to spread the sports gospel at the marketplace at the civic center.

Other groups, including the Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club, ventured out on their own, offering a booth made to look like a mini rugby pitch. Outdoor groups – the Wilderness Network of Georgia and the Women’s Outdoor Network – were, ironically, inside the civic center enjoying the air conditioned space for their displays.

When it came to the parade on Sunday, several groups marched with the Bucks. Their float focused on the championship they won at the Bingham Cup last month. The club took the Bowl, the mid-tier division of the international gay rugby tournament. Also on hand were members of the Hotlanta Soccer Association, which staged a successful Memorial Day Weekend tournament, and the Atlanta Rainbow Trout, which won eight individual and four team medals during the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics Championships earlier this month.

The two gay outdoor groups offered up their own floats with canoes and tents, as did the Decatur Women’s Sports League, which included blow up balls and bats. In fact, the Wilderness Network of Georgia’s float won third place in the non-profit category. And of course, it wouldn’t be Pride if there wasn’t a drag queen or two along for the ride.

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