‘Stride into Pride’ lead-up events announced

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imageAtlanta Pride unveiled a widely varied series of events to get your Pride on in the days and weeks leading up to its Oct. 9-10 festival in Piedmont Park. “Stride into Pride” takes you from this week all the way up to the main event.

Pride partners with party promoters, gay businesses, professional experts, religious groups and nightlife venues to create its broadest “Stride into Pride” lineup yet. It’s an accomplishment event organizers are proud of, says JP Sheffield, Pride’s executive director.

“We are excited that there are so many events surrounding the Pride Festival,” Sheffield says in the announcement. “These activities offer a wide range of options for anyone who may build their vacation around the Pride Festival, or for those local residents looking to get involved prior the weekend.”

Here are the details from Pride’s announcement on Wednesday:

Indulge at The W?
Presented By Chris Coleman Enterprises?
Thursday, Sept. 8, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.?

Whiskey Park @ The W Midtown Hotel: 188 14th Street
Atlanta Pride comes out to The W Midtown to raise awareness of this year’s Pride Celebration. Enjoy $5 drink specials all night and no cover charge.

Crazy Bitch Bingo?
Thursday, Sept. 15, 8 p.m.-10 p.m.?
Las Margaritas: 1842 Cheshire Bridge Road?

Come have dinner at Las Margaritas and enjoy a round of Crazy Bitch Bingo. Crazy Bitch Bingo has it all: comedy/music videos, live karaoke, and even a bit of humiliation. This isn’t your mother’s bingo. Free to play. Cash prizes for top 3 teams. Tequila shots and a portion of all Twister drink sales benefit Atlanta Pride. 10 percent of your total bill also benefits Pride.

Dragamundo: Dinner & A Show de Mami’s?
Monday, Sept. 26, 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.?
Las Margaritas

Free drag show featuring Phoenix (Rupaul’s Drag Race), Mrs. Bubba Dee and cast with a special $8.99 dinner menu $5 mojitos. Come early to get your table, show starts at 8:30 p.m.. Tequila shots and a portion of all Twister drink sales benefit Atlanta Pride. 10% of your total bill also benefits Pride!

Papi’s Pride Pride Kickoff Brunch?
Sunday, Oct. 2, 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.?
Las Margaritas

Enjoy the beats of DJ Mike Pope and Papi’s $10.95 all you can eat (or $17.95 all you can eat and drink mimosas) gourmet buffet brunch with eggs, omelets, and banana fosters made to order on the patio. Tequila shots and a portion of all Twister drink sales benefit Atlanta Pride. 10 percent of your total bill also benefits Pride.

Free Pride Legal Forum?
Sunday, Oct. 2, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
The Phillip Rush Center: 1530 Dekalb Ave NE

Jeff Cleghorn of Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC and Kathleen Womack of Kathleen M. Womack, P.C. present: “Don’t Get Caught as an Undocumented Gay or Lesbian”
Know your legal rights in Georgia. Topics presented include Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives, Domestic Partnership issues (Agreements and “Gay Divorce”), Second Parent Adoption, Low cost or No cost ways to protect your Domestic Partnership, Gay Marriage/Civil Unions/Domestic Partnerships in other states. At the end of the forum Jeff and Kathleen will be available to help participants fill out the Free Georgia Advance Directives for Health Care. Contact Kathleen Womack at 404-303-0130 or {encode=”[email protected]” title=”email her”}.

A Night with Out on Film
Screening: “We Were Here” [Watch video trailer]
Tuesday, Oct. 4- 7:20 p.m.?
Midtown Art Cinema: 931 Monroe Drive?

2011 marks 30 years since AIDS descended. “We Were Here” focuses on five individuals who lived in San Francisco prior to the epidemic. Their lives changed in unimaginable ways when their beloved city changed from a hotbed of sexual freedom and social experimentation into the epicenter of a terrible sexually transmitted plague.

Atlanta Pride AIDS Vigil
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.?
Saint Mark United Methodist Church: 781 Peachtree St. NE?

This years vigil theme is “Compassion, Commitment, Community- 30 years of AIDS.” Please join us as we remember the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and those we have lost.

Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of
International AIDS Posters?
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 8:15 p.m.-9:45 p.m.?
Museum of Design Atlanta: 1315 Peachtree St.?

Immediately following the Pride AIDS Vigil, join us at the Museum of Design Atlanta for a special viewing of Graphic Intervention. The exhibit presents a comprehensive overview of the diverse visual strategies employed by government agencies, community activists, grassroots organizations and motivated citizens to educate the local population. These posters demonstrate the different approaches used around the globe for discussion of a socially complex subject. $10 Admission.?

Commitment Ceremony ?Presented by Macy’s
Thursday, Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.?
W Atlanta Midtown: 188 14th St.?

This non-denominational ceremony gives couples the opportunity to pledge their commitment to each other publicly before friends and family. Couples who wish to register pay a small fee and receive a certificate marking the occasion. Details and registration.

Indulge at The W: Post Ceremony Celebration?
Thursday, Oct. 6, 8 p.m.-2am?
Whiskey Park @ The W Midtown

?Immediately following the Commitment Ceremony, head upstairs to Whiskey Park for music and drinks. Enjoy $5 drink specials all night and no cover charge.?

Macy’s Men’s Designer Event?
Friday, Oct. 7, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.?
Macy’s Lenox Square?

Take a first look at the newest Designer and Impulse Collections for Men including Hugo Boss, Armani Jeans, French Connection and more! Enjoy fashion presentations from Project Runway All-Star Anthony Williams as well as a special performance from your favorite housewife Miss Lawrence. Save $5O, plus receive a complimentary gift bag filled with gifts from our designer with your purchase of $2OO or more in Men’s Designer and Impulse. Make a $10 donation at the event to Pride and receive a $10 gift card for Macy’s.

Yom Kippur Services with Congregation Bet Haverim?
Friday, Oct. 7?

Intergenerational Kol Nidre Service: 6 p.m.?Ma’Ariv Service: 8 p.m.?
St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church: 1790 LaVista Road NE
Join Congregation Bet Haverim for Kol Nidre services at St. Bartholomew’s. Out of town guests are welcome. These services are open to the public. There is no charge for services, but donations are accepted. Call with questions: 404-315-6446??

Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party
Friday, Oct, 7, 6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.?
Georgia Aquarium

Join us for the 3rd Annual Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party at The Georgia Aquarium. The party features 2 DJs: DJ Corey Craig in the Atrium and DJ Jay McCracken in the Oceans Ballroom Lounge. New for 2011: Jujubee from RuPaul’s Drag Race and Drag U performs in Oceans Ballroom then sashays over host her own lounge. (Jujubee Lounge ticket required).

The Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff After Party?
Friday, Oct, 7, 9 p.m.-3am?
Jungle Club Atlanta?

The Second Annual Official Kickoff After Party @ Jungle Club Atlanta features beats by DJ Ed Bailey into the early morning hours. Don’t want to wait to get into the evening’s hottest dance party? Purchase your $20 VIP ticket in advance to skip the line and to receive a drink ticket. More details via Jungle.

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