The Atlanta Pride Committee announced the first two artists in its entertainment lineup on Thursday. Organizers are forging ahead with plans for the fall event even though the City of Atlanta still has coronavirus restrictions in place that ban large outdoor festivals.
“Usually, we publish our entertainment line up in its entirety a little closer to the festival date, but we wanted to do something special to promote our VIP passes this year, since we will be back to an in-person event,” Atlanta Pride Executive Director Jamie Fergerson said in a press release.
“We are really excited to have Big Freedia and Todrick Hall join us, and we are appreciative that they are willing to meet some of our VIP pass holders,” Fergerson added.
The announcement of Hall and Big Freedia – artists who participated in Pride’s virtual festival last year – came as festival organizers started marketing VIP passes for the event. People who purchase a VIP pass by July 30 will be entered into a drawing to win access to a meet-and-greet with the entertainers during the festival.
VIP passes cost $175 and provide access to covered seating and a lounge area with a view of the festival’s main stage where Big Freedia and Hall will perform. The VIP area includes private bars, climate-controlled bathroom trailers, snacks and phone charging stations.
Atlanta Pride said in April the 51st annual celebration would return to Piedmont Park on Oct. 8-10. In June, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms eased coronavirus restrictions and allowed outdoor events with under 50,000 people. But larger events are still prohibited – for now.
Several annual outdoor LGBTQ events return in 2021, including Joining Hearts this weekend and Atlanta Black Gay Pride over Labor Day Weekend.
Atlanta Pride said it will announce its full entertainment lineup in late September.