The best Atlanta Pride things to do this weekend

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From officially sanctioned events to unofficially balls-out fun, the big gay annual Atlanta Pride means that there is only one thing to do. But of course by one thing, we mean dozens upon dozens of LGBT options. Here’s the rundown: Friday, Oct. 12 Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party (top photo). Yes, it’s sold out, but since thousands will be there with DJs Vicki Powell and Corey Craig to celebrate, you better recognize: Pride Weekend is officially on @ Georgia Aquarium, 7 p.m. Read our full coverage of Atlanta Pride. Lady Bunny’s Studio 54 Party lets you disco disco disco with the drag legend (second photo) to show your Pride with amped up partiers all night @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m. “Lipschtick: One Boy’s Journey to Fabulous and Back” returns for Pride weekend @ Saint Mark United Methodist Church, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (Also Saturday 5:30 p.m.) The ‘L’ Lounge brings on the ladies to the annual Heaven series of lesbian Pride events @ W Atlanta Midtown, 9 p.m. DJ Joe Gauthreaux and Kat Graham. The sexy sensations team up with the sexy NYC DJ (third photo) in the booth and the Atlanta resident actress and singer on the mic @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Women’s Glow Pride Hookup Party welcomes all the ladies to Atlanta for Pride at the city’s lesbian dance bar and lounge with DJs M & Twee, a drag king show, special surprises and of course, tons and tons of women @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m. Atlanta Pride Kickoff Afterparty welcomes Madonna-Gaga mastermind DJ Ed Bailey and all the dancing you can handle into the night @ Jungle, 10 p.m. Bienvenido a la Fiesta with “RuPaul’s” Yara Sofia (fourth photo) is the Pride edition of Atlanta’s Got Leche gay Latin night with performances including the “Drag Race” favorite, multiple DJs and all the way from Spain, Sonia Madoc (Read our interview.) @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. Pride Bar Parties kick it Pride style, including but by no means limited to DJ Smash @ Mixx, Bitch, Please: Pride Edition @ Mary’s, Gaylorama @ Oscar’s, Drag on the Wild Side with Sherry Vine @ Eagle and Charlie’s Angels with Charlie Brown @ Blake’s. Saturday, Oct. 13 Atlanta Pride Festival (fifth photo). Duh. It’s the reason for the LGBT season, y’all. In addition to hundreds of vendors and park eye candy, official Saturday events in the park include Yo-Gaga in the Park, 10 a.m., the Pride Motorcyle and Car Show, 10:30 a.m., Pride Literary Showcase, 12 noon, Trans March, 1:15 p.m., Dyke March and Dyke March pre-party, 3:15 and 5:30 p.m. Read our full coverage of Atlanta Pride. Pride Ruck-A-Buck mini invitational huddles up and rubs against those burly gay rugby players of the Atlanta Bucks in a Pride throwdown of three 40-minute games with guest teams in town for Pride @ Walden T Austen Middle School, 12 p.m., followed by the Rugby Pride Party @ Mixx, 3 p.m. “Lipschtick: One Boy’s Journey to Fabulous and Back” play (sixth photo) returns for Pride Weekend @ Saint Mark United Methodist Church, 5:30 p.m. Chi Chi LaRue & Boys PALS Meet & Greet brings the porn director and her guys to the party to benefit Pets Are Loving Support. Buy Jack Adams Jock Straps right off the models and see what else you can get into @ Brushstrokes Pleasures, 5 - 7 p.m. Sherry Vine’s Let’s Have a Pee Pee welcomes the New York drag legend to benefit PALS, Pets Are Loving Support @ Jungle, 6 p.m. Chi-Chi LaRue brings her one-of-a-kind combination of drag DJ with a gaggle of barely clothed stars from her gay porn director alter-ego. Meet & Greet her and the gang (eighth photo) @ Heretic, 9 p.m., followed by DJ Lydia Prim at midnight. Let’s Have a Kiki Drag Contest puts you park-adjacent with host Princess Charles and cocktails including Absolut specials to celebrate Pride and benefit the never-ending Joining Hearts fundraising campaign to fight HIV in Atlanta @ The Nook, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Erasure’s Andy Bell (seventh photo) storms the stage with his big gay ‘80s party presented by Project Q Atlanta and David magazine in association with Brushstrokes and Jungle on Atlanta Pride’s Coca Cola Stage @ Piedmont Park, 8:05 p.m. It’s part of a packed Atlanta Pride entertainment lineup, including Justin Utley, the Sexual Side Effects, Crystal Waters, Kristine W (preview), Rita Ora (preview) and more. Peach Dance Party is Atlanta Pride Commitee’s official women’s party with Curve Magazine and Pandora Events. DJ Pat Pat and hundreds of gals @ Center Stage/The Loft, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. Heaven Pride Party (ninth photo) is the annual main event for local lesbians by local lesbians. Bring your wings, halos and horns if you dare @ Park Tavern, 9:30 p.m. Bear Invasion Pre-Party welcomes all the hairy bears and their admirers to Pride Weekend. Before you can Bear Invasion at Heretic on Sunday, you need to pre-party Saturday with DJ Sean Mac @ Cockpit, 10 p.m. Pride Bar Parties keep the celebration alive all over town, including Mary-oke Pride @ Mary’s, DJ Pat Scott @ Atlanta Eagle. Gaylorama @ Oscar’s, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Divas Cabaret & DJ Birdman, and totally not at a bar, Porn Star Paint Down @ Flex. Kiki By the Park with Ben Cohen (10th photo) benefits the honorary grand marshal’s StandUp Foundation and Atlanta Pride with the rugby stud himself plus mashup master DJ Robin Skouteris and his exclusive Atlanta Pride remix of the Scissor Sisters’ “Let’s Have A Kiki” @ W Midtown, 9:30 p.m. We like to ponder Ben’s hotness whenever possible. DJ Tony Moran (11th photo) brings his legendary, signature beats to the best gay boy dance club in Atlanta to shake your ass into the wee hours @ Jungle, 10 p.m. God-des & She Lick It Party offers up a concert by the special guest duo (11th photo) as well as the Maria Gabriella Band as just the start of Pride Saturday mayhem with the ladies of Atlanta’s only lesbian dance bar and lounge @ My Sisters’ Room, 7 p.m. - 3 a.m. DJ Paulo All Nighter takes the dancing all the way until sunrise with the party boys @ Xion, 3 a.m. - 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 Atlanta Pride Festival. And we’re back. The park sizzles with official events including the parade, 1 p.m., a full day of performers and the annual drag-stravaganza Starlight Cabaret with special guest “Vampire Diaries” Kat Graham, 7 p.m. Read our full coverage of Atlanta Pride. Atlanta Pride Parade (12th photo) may be the most gay people you see all year. Eight grand marshals, even more honorary grand marshals and tens of thousands watch the biggest expression of Pride revelry @ Peachtree and 10th streets, steps off at 1 p.m. HRC Pride Brunch is the annual parade-watching party with the nation’s largest LGBT rights group @ Empire State South, 11 a.m. Live. Love. Life. Parade Brunch with DJ Vicki Powell celebrates for the fourth year with the parade going by and well beyond with a perfect indoor-outdoor space with a perfect parade view @ The Livingston, 11:30 a.m. Indigo Girl Amy Ray (13th photo) performs on Pride’s Coca Cola Stage @ Piedmont Park, 6:10 p.m. She’s part of a full day of Pride performers including the Michel Jons Band and Gurufish. Pride Parade Block Party packs the Blake’s/Gilbert’s lot with five outdoor bars and hundreds of people with DJ Bill Berdeaux just in time for the parade to hit @ Blake’s, 2 p.m. DJ Mike Pope picks up spinning duties at 6 p.m. Atlanta Bear Invasion: Pride Edition welcomes DJ James Torres and all the hunky men you can possibly take @ Heretic, 6 p.m. - 3 a.m. Big Ol’ Pride Slice O’ Sunday Tea with Rosabel invites you to the dynamic DJ duo of Ralphi Rosario and Abel (bottom photo) for a gay Pride dance throwdown @ Jungle, 6 p.m. Pride Sunday Service with DJ Vicki Powell pumps the monthly alterna-queer dance party up a notch for Pride with special guest co-spinner Kyle Keyser @ Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room bar, 6:30 p.m. Boi Pride Party is the lesbian stud Pride celebration with Bois Talk, the Sigma Phi Omega fraternity, the Atlanta Xplosion women’s football team, and the casts of “Between Women” and “Sunny Reign” @ My Sister’s Room, 8 p.m. Atlanta Pride Official Closing Party Dance lays out DJs Hector Fonseca, Theresa, and Jay McCracken to push Pride Weekend into Monday @ Opera, 8 p.m. - 3 a.m.

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