Winners announced for 2013 Atlanta Pride Parade

The Atlanta Pride Committee announced the winners of the parade entry competition on Sunday, October 13, just before the Starlight Cabaret. The winners in the commercial and nonprofit categories are listed below. Thank you to all who entered the parade, the largest in Atlanta Pride history and one of the biggest parades in the City of Atlanta!

NONPROFIT

1st Place – Atlanta Freedom Band

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2nd Place – Latin Gay Community

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COMMERCIAL

1st Place – Chipotle

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2nd Place – Swinging Richards

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Congratulations to our winners!



OFFICIAL ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP FOR 2013 ATLANTA PRIDE WEEKEND ANNOUNCED

Atlanta, Georgia. – Today the Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) announced the Official Entertainment Lineup for the 2013 Pride Festival Weekend. Along with the parade, marketplace and a full weekend of festivities, the festival will once again feature 2 stages of entertainment.

Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director, Buck Cooke, said of the announcement, “I am excited for the variety these artists will bring to our festival. We have acts ranging from country to dance, hip-hop to rock, and everything in between. In addition to the different types of music, I am thrilled about the artists themselves. We have some old favorites, some up-and-coming talent, and some Atlanta natives to shine onstage.”

Cooke, continued, “While some of these acts have performed in Atlanta many times, a few will be making their Atlanta debut on our stage. It is exciting to think that Atlanta Pride is helping to introduce talented artists to not only the LGBTQ and allied community who will be at our festival, but we’re introducing them to our city as well.”

Below is a list of the complete 2013 Atlanta Pride Entertainment line-up.  Please note that all talent and times are subject to change without notice.

2013 Entertainment Schedule:

Bud LightBud Light Stage

Saturday

  • JustUsATL Youth Block
  • Brian Sharp
  • Ricky Simone
  • Liquid
  • Holly Elle
  • Kick the Robot
  • Monica Mason
  • DJ Ree de la Vega

Sunday:

  • Yoeshi Roberts & Acoustic Encouragement
  • Unbreakable Bloodline
  • Neil Cribbs

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Saturday:

  • Maria Gabriella Band
  • Jen Foster
  • Steve Grand
  • Symphony Crack Orchestra
  • A Great Big World
  • Debby Holiday
  • Bonnie McKee
  • Taylor Dayne

Sunday:

  • The Michel Jon’s Band
  • Aiden
  • Sonia Leigh
  • Starlight Cabaret

 

For information about Atlanta Pride, please visit:  www.atlantapride.org.

2013 Atlanta Pride Sponsors:  Rainbow:  The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Bud Light, Smirnoff, Cox Enterprises, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment; Diamond:  David Atlanta, Grady Health System; Platinum:  The Georgia Aquarium, The Georgia Voice, Wolfgang Puck Catering, MailChimp, Chevrolet, PNC Bank, MINI; Gold:  Gayborhood.  Silver:  W Atlanta Midtown, Project Q Atlanta, InterContinental Hotels Group, Celebrity Cruises; Bronze:  Frito Lay, Geico, Fenuxe Magazine

About Atlanta Pride: The main purpose of the APC is to promote unity, visibility and self-esteem among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer persons and to promote a positive image in the Atlanta area and throughout the Southeastern United States through community activities and services.

The main mission of the APC is to provide lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender and queer persons with cultural and educational programs and activities, which enhance mental and physical health, provide social support, and foster an awareness of the past and present contributions of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer persons, through community activities and services, including an annual Pride event.

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ATLANTA PRIDE ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL TALENT PERFORMANCES

 BonnieAtlanta, Georgia – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) announced today both Steve Grand and Bonnie McKee would be a part of the Coca-Cola Stage line-up at the 2013 Atlanta Pride Festival.

 
Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director, Buck Cooke, said of the announcement, “We are so pleased to continue rounding out our entertainment offering with such impressive up-and-coming talent.”

While you may not recognize her face, you will certainly recognize the work of Bonnie McKee.  She has co-penned mega-hits for other artists, including Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” and “Teenage Dream.” Her resume also includes chart toppers for Britney Spears, Carly Rae Jepsen, Christina Aguilera and others.  This powerhouse voice is going to be a real treat for everyone at the 2013 Pride Festival.

steve_grand_02The other singer-songwriter most recently added to the mix is Steve Grand, who made his own mark on the world this summer with the self-produced song and You-Tube smash video, “All-American Boy.” This story of unrequited longing clearly struck a chord with brand new fans as the video boasted over 1.5 million views in the first two weeks online!  His brand of soulful music will bring a depth and richness to the Pride stage that attendees have come to expect.

Cooke added, “With the addition of these two artists, we can say truly say that we have something for everyone to enjoy, no matter what your musical tastes may be.”  He continued, “we are so proud of this year’s talent and are looking forward to sharing this line up of incredibly gifted artists with our community.”

More exciting announcements will follow from the Atlanta Pride Committee regarding additional performers in the coming weeks!  The complete 2013 entertainment line-up is scheduled to be released later this month.

For information about Atlanta Pride, please visit:  www.atlantapride.org.

2013 Atlanta Pride Sponsors:  Rainbow:  The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Bud Light, Smirnoff, Cox Enterprises, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment; Diamond:  David Atlanta, Grady Health System; Platinum:  The Georgia Aquarium, The Georgia Voice, Wolfgang Puck Catering, MailChimp, Chevrolet, PNC Bank, MINI; Gold:  Gayborhood.  Silver:  W Atlanta Midtown, Project Q Atlanta, InterContinental Hotels Group, Celebrity Cruises; Bronze:  Frito Lay, Geico, Fenuxe Magazine

About Atlanta Pride: The main purpose of the APC is to promote unity, visibility and self-esteem among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer persons and to promote a positive image in the Atlanta area and throughout the Southeastern United States through community activities and services.

The main mission of the APC is to provide lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender and queer persons with cultural and educational programs and activities, which enhance mental and physical health, provide social support, and foster an awareness of the pastand present contributions of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer persons, through community activities and services, including an annual Pride event.

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ATLANTA PRIDE ANNOUNCES SONIA LEIGH APPEARANCE

15004_centerdisc.epsAtlanta, Georgia – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) announced today that Sonia Leigh will headline Sunday’s Coca-Cola Stage line-up at the 2013 Atlanta Pride Festival.

Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director, Buck Cooke, said of the announcement, “Since she grew up in Atlanta and started her career here, Sonia is no stranger to local fans. It was a thrill for me to watch Sonia as she opened for Loretta Lynn last year on Loretta’s tour. I was so excited to have an out artist from Atlanta on that tour opening for the queen of country music. That was great exposure for her as an artist and we are happy to feature this rising star during our festival.”

This musician/singer-songwriter has been a part of Atlanta’s music scene for some time and has been signed to Zach Brown’s, “Southern Ground,” label.  Whether she is opening for Loretta Lynn, collaborating with the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray, or touring with her mentor, Zach Brown- this artist is one to watch!

Fans are sure to be treated to several songs from Leigh’s Southern Ground debut album, “1978 December” during her Pride performance.  From soulful ballads to rockin’-country sing-alongs, the depth of this artist is impressive.  Her performance will be a must-see event of the weekend!

Cooke added, “While we love bringing talent from across the nation and even across the globe, Atlanta Pride also loves to spotlight homegrown Atlanta artists, whether they are just starting out or have a lengthy career or anywhere in between. Sonia Leigh is a self-described ‘Atlanta girl’ and we are delighted to have her return to our festival as the Sunday headliner on the Coca-Cola Stage.”

More exciting announcements will follow from the Atlanta Pride Committee regarding additional talent in the coming weeks!  The complete 2013 entertainment line-up is scheduled to be released in September.

For information about Atlanta Pride, please visit:  www.atlantapride.org.


2013 Atlanta Pride Sponsors:  Rainbow:  The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Bud Light, Smirnoff, Cox Enterprises, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment; Diamond:  David Atlanta, Grady Health System; Platinum:  The Georgia Aquarium, The Georgia Voice, Wolfgang Puck Catering, MailChimp, Chevrolet, PNC Bank, MINI; Gold:  Gayborhood.  Silver:  W Atlanta Midtown, Project Q Atlanta, InterContinental Hotels Group, Celebrity Cruises; Bronze:  Frito Lay, Geico

About Atlanta Pride: The main purpose of the APC is to promote unity, visibility and self-esteem among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer persons and to promote a positive image in the Atlanta area and throughout the Southeastern United States through community activities and services.

The main mission of the APC is to provide lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender and queer persons with cultural and educational programs and activities, which enhance mental and physical health, provide social support, and foster an awareness of the past and present contributions of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer persons, through community activities and services, including an annual Pride event.

Media Contact:
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