Cover Story - Atlanta Pride 2014 Events
From the annual Pride Parade to the Commitment Ceremony, Dyke March, and more
ATLANTA PRIDE CAR AND MOTORCYCLE SHOW Presented by Lambda Car Club and the Lost Boys, the Pride Car and Motorcycle Show features a combination of antique, classic, special interest cars, and motorcycles. Sat., Oct. 11, 10:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive. 404-875-7275. www.piedmontpark.org.
ATLANTA PRIDE COMMITMENT CEREMONY This non-denominational ceremony gives couples the opportunity to pledge their commitment to each other publically before friends and family. Sat., Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-noon. $30-$90. W Atlanta Midtown, 188 14th St. N.E. 404-892-6000. www.atlantapride.org.
ATLANTA PRIDE DYKE MARCH The Dyke March, with its focus on women, unites to create an atmosphere of inclusion and community. The march is open to all women loving women (trans-inclusive) of any race, culture, orientation, ability, health, socioeconomic level, family structure, faith, or age. DJ Canvas will bring the beats to kick-start the march. There will be a trolley with first-come, first-served seating for the elderly, those with mobility impairments, or families with small children. Assembly begins at Piedmont Park's Charles Allen Gate at 5:30 p.m. and the March begins at 6 p.m. Sat., Oct. 11, 6-7 p.m. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive. 404-875-7275. www.atlantapride.org.
ATLANTA PRIDE PARADE The annual Atlanta Pride Parade is the largest parade in Atlanta. Join tens of thousands of spectators and celebrate Pride in the streets of Midtown. Peachtree and 10th streets. Sun., Oct. 12, 1-4 p.m. Free. www.atlantapride.org.
ATLANTA PRIDE TRANS MARCH Sponsored by the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation, this march celebrates and promotes visibility of the Trans community. For the first time this year, the march takes place in the streets of Midtown and all Trans people and Trans allies are welcome to participate. DJ Ree de la Vega will perform. There will be a trolley with first-come, first-served seating for the elderly, those with mobility impairments, or families with small children. Assembly begins at 1:15 p.m. and the March begins at 1:45 p.m. at the Charles Allen Gate at Piedmont Park. Sat., Oct. 11, 1:45 p.m. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive. 404-875-7275. www.atlantapride.org.
ATLANTA PRIDE VIP/SPONSOR PARTY Features complimentary food and drinks, DJ Diablo Rojo, a performance by Sylvia Tosun. The Atlanta Pride VIP/Sponsor Party is the premier event for small-business partners, corporate sponsors, and VIP Festival Pass holders. Fri., Oct. 10, 6-8 p.m. $175-$350. Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. N.W. 404-581-4000. www.atlantapride.org/vip.
CAMPUS PRIDE COLLEGE FAIR Campus Pride represents the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students. Admissions representatives from LGBTQ-welcoming colleges and universities from all over the U.S. will be present to discuss their campus with potential students and their families. Special guest Justin Utley will perform. Sat., Oct. 11, 2-5 p.m. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive. 404-875-7275. www.atlantapride.org.
COMMUNITY HEALTH EXPO Gathers community health organizations in one central location with HIV tests, information on preventing breast cancer, and general information on staying healthy. Oct. 11-12, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive. 404-875-7275. www.atlantapride.org.
DECONSTRUCTING BINARIES A community-based public art project that explores and challenges mainstream binary visual representation of gender on public restroom signage. Oct. 11-12, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive. 404-875-7275. www.piedmontpark.org.
HEAVEN PRIDE PARTY Celebrate Atlanta Pride in Heaven, featuring cirque-inspired aerial performances and erotic shows. Celebrity DJ Yvonne Monet will keep you on the dance floor. "Satisfy Your Senses" with the visual stimulation of beautiful people, laser lights, and more. Calling all Angels: Break out your glitter, feathers and angel wings. No waiting in line for those in wings and there will be a contest for the Sexiest Angel. Fri., Oct. 10, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $15-$20. Park Tavern, 500 10th St. 404-249-0001. www.parktavern.com.
LEGENDARY CHILDREN ATLANTA AND OUT ON FILM PRESENT: FOR FILTH! A NIGHT OF QUEER SHORTS Legendary Children Atlanta presents a night dedicated to experimental cinema and all that is queer, Southern, and crazy. Presented in conjunction with the 27th annual Out On Film festival, For Filth! will provide a space for up-and-coming queer filmmakers to showcase their work. Thurs., Oct. 9, 7-8:30 p.m. $11. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive N.E. 404-879-0160. www.legendarychildrenatlanta.com.
LEGENDARY CHILDREN PHOTO BOOTH AND DRAG EXCHANGE Stop by the Piedmont Park Bandstand to cool off in the Legendary Children lounge and drag exchange, which will feature a professional photo booth setup with a drag makeup station where you can get made up with the help of some of Atlanta's favorite queens. Got a closet full of old wigs, boas, and rhinestoned onesies? Drop them off at our drag exchange and pick up something fierce to wear around the park. Sponsored in part by the Showcase School of Photography. Sat., Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive. 404-875-7275. www.atlantapride.org.
THE OFFICIAL ATLANTA PRIDE KICK-OFF AFTER PARTY WITH DJ CHRIS COX Join Jungle Atlanta for the Official Atlanta Pride Kick Off After Party with Grammy-nominated DJ Chris Cox on Fri., Oct. 10. Fri., Oct. 10, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. $20. Jungle Atlanta, 2115 Faulkner Road. 404-844-8800. www.jungleclub.net.
OFFICIAL ATLANTA PRIDE BRUNCH Celebrate Atlanta Pride at the Human Rights Campaign's 13th Annual Pride Brunch, the official brunch of Atlanta Pride. Enjoy two hours of complimentary cocktails and a delicious brunch while watching the Pride Parade from the best location on the route. Sun., Oct. 12, 11:30 a.m. $65-$75. Empire State South, 999 Peachtree St. N.E. 404-541-1105. www.atlantapride.org.
OFFICIAL ATLANTA PRIDE CLOSING PARTY WITH ROSABEL GA Boy Productions presents Grammy-nominated DJ duo Rosabel for the Official Atlanta Pride Closing Party, with an opening set by Martin Fry. Sponsored by Jungle Atlanta and Smirnoff Vodka. Sun., Oct. 12, 9 p.m. $30. Opera, 1150 Crescent Ave. N.E. 404-874-3006. www.gaboyproductions.com.
OFFICIAL ATLANTA PRIDE KICK OFF PARTY Experience the Georgia Aquarium with special evening hours and exclusive admission pricing just for Atlanta Pride. Enjoy the sounds of DJ Edil Hernandez and Atlanta's own DJ Diablo Rojo, who will add to the experience with his signature "visual" sound in the Oceans Ballroom. Fri., Oct. 10, 7-11:30 p.m. $25-$90. Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. N.W. 404-581-4000. www.atlantapride.org.
OFFICIAL ATLANTA PRIDE WOMEN'S PARTY: CRUSH The official women's party of Atlanta Pride hosted by Ruby Rose, featuring celebrity guests, block party, and more. Sat., Oct. 11, 8 p.m. $20. My Sister's Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave. S.E. 678-705-4585. www.mysistersroom.com.
OUT 4-PLAY Ladies at Play launches "Out 4-Play" the Saturday of Atlanta Pride weekend. Out 4-Play is an LGBT social event that strives to create a unique atmosphere encouraging conversation and socializing. Dj Sed will play all of your favorite cuts, and there will also be classic Italian movies playing on the wall and an open air patio for you to sit under the stars and converse. Sat., Oct. 11, 10:30 p.m. Free-$10. Don Antonio by Starita, 102 W. Paces Ferry Road. 404-844-2879. www.donantoniopizza.com.
OUT ON FILM Out on Film, Atlanta's LGBT film festival, opens with the coming of age film Blackbird, starring Mo'Nique and Isaiah Washington, and features more than 80 features, documentaries and short films, including "Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine,""Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank," "Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy," Del Shores' "Naked.Sordid.Reality" and much more. Thurs., Oct. 9, 12-10:30 p.m. $11-$150. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive N.E. 404-879-0160. www.outonfilm.org.
PRIDE MARKETPLACE Featuring more than 200 market vendor booths, the Atlanta Pride Marketplace is the largest expo of its kind in the Southeast, featuring nonprofit organizations, small businesses, large businesses, and national corporations. Oct. 11-12, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive. 404-875-7275. www.atlantapride.org.
STARLIGHT CABARET The best drag entertainment that the city has to offer closes out Pride weekend each year and is always a crowd-pleaser. Sun., Oct. 12, 7:25 p.m. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive. 404-875-7275. www.atlantapride.org.
YOGAGA YOGAHOUR Tough Love Yoga and lululemon athletica are bringing back the ultimate yoga event inspired by Lady Gaga. Put on your favorite Lady Gaga costume for a morning of epic morning bliss. Sat., Oct. 11, 10-11 a.m. Piedmont Park Activity Oval, 400 Park Dr NE. 404-814-9319. www.atlantapride.org.
YOUTH LIBERATION SPACE Space where young queer and trans people (14-25 years old) can hang out, relax and empower themselves. Sat., Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive. 404-875-7275. www.piedmontpark.org.