ATLANTA PRIDE RELEASES JAM-PACKED ANNOUNCEMENT OF IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2014 ATLANTA PRIDE FESTIVAL

Atlanta, Georgia. – Atlanta Pride released a variety of information today about the upcoming 2014 Atlanta Pride Festival!  There will be much more information to be released later….but there is already a lot to know to make sure that YOU make the most out of your Atlanta Pride Festival weekend this year!

The 44th Annual Atlanta Pride Festival will take place October 11th & 12th in Piedmont Park.  Atlanta’s Pride is the largest Pride event in the southeastern US and the largest celebration held in conjunction with National Coming Out Day in the entire country.  Some highlights about the weekend’s festivities in and around the park are included the list below.

·       Trans March at 1:45 p.m. on October 11

·       Dyke March at 6:00 p.m. on October 11

·       Atlanta Pride Parade at 1:00 p.m. on October 12

·       Two stages of entertainment

·       Over 200 market vendors

·       Programs for families and kids

·       LGBTQ-welcoming college fair held in conjunction with Campus Pride

·       AND MORE!

Atlanta Pride Executive Director, Buck Cooke, commented about the weekend, “While our festival coincides with the weekend closest to National Coming Out Day each year, I am especially excited to celebrate NCOD as a part of the festival. Each person must make their own decision to be out, but this is a celebration for the entire LGBTQ community and our allies to commemorate where we all are on our journey to acceptance, whether from our friends and family or finding acceptance within ourselves.”

Cooke continued,  “One change we are looking forward to is having the Trans March take to the streets for the first time. Our community members asked for this in 2013 and we are thrilled to make it happen this year.”

The weekend’s events begin with the Official Kick-off Party at the Georgia Aquarium from 7-11:30p on Friday, October 10th.  Tickets will go on sale later in the spring.

For attendees who want to be close to the action all weekend, Atlanta Pride is pleased to announce the return of the W Atlanta Midtown as the Host hotel.  The special Atlanta Pride rate is now available by clicking here:  http://atlantapride.org/pride/where-to-stay/

Cooke also offered up this teaser, “Our team is already hard at work planning for the festival, so we hope everyone marks their calendars and invites friends and family from all over to come to Atlanta and join in the fun. We are excited to bring back some successful experiments from last year, like the Campus Pride College Fair, and we look forward to offering new ideas for 2014.”

Reflecting on all of the details, Cooke noted, “I truly believe there is something for everyone at our festival. We offer a wide variety of programming, entertainers, market vendors, parade entries, and educational opportunities, so make sure you keep an eye on the festival schedule in the coming months to see what we have planned.”

Finally, Atlanta Pride is excited to conduct the 2014 Grand Marshal open nomination session from April 22-May 15.  Some housekeeping items around this element include:

·       Self-nominations are accepted

·       The number of Grand Marshal’s selected depends on the field of nominations

·       The Atlanta Pride Committee is solely responsible for the selection of the Grand Marshals

·       Both individual and organizational nominees must reside in GA in order meet necessary criteria

If you would like to nominate someone as Grand Marshal of the 2014 Atlanta Pride Parade, please go to: http://atlantapride.org/forms/

Cooke offered this thought about Grand Marshal Nominees, “I hope many people in our community will take time in the next few weeks to think about the people and organizations who are doing great work for our LGBTQ community in Atlanta and across the state and complete the Grand Marshal nomination form. There are so many deserving LGBTQ people and allies doing amazing things for our community, so please gather some information and nominate these deserving folks for the biggest honor Atlanta Pride can bestow on our neighbors.”

Cooke persisted, “We would like a diverse field of applicants again this year, so think about the activists, advocates, organization leaders, key volunteers, and others who work for LGBTQ equality and are doing things to push LGBTQ issues forward in our city and state.”

 

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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 INFORMATION ABOUT LGBTQ EQUALITY EVENT

Atlanta, Georgia. – Atlanta Pride announced today an exciting event featuring a moderated discussion about LGBTQ Equality.  The event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 9th at 8:30 a.m., at the W Atlanta Midtown.

Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc., is proud to host speakers from the White House, the Human Rights Campaign, and Georgia Equality, a member of the Equality Federation, to discuss the state of our LGBTQ equality movement at the national and state level. The program will be moderated by Cain Williamson, InterPride Vice President and a member of the Atlanta Pride Board of Directors, and will feature remarks from:

 Brad Clark, Human Rights Campaign

Gautam Raghavan, President Obama’s associate director of Public Engagement and White House liaison to the LGBT community

Jeff Graham, Executive Director, Georgia Equality

The event is open to the public and tickets are $50.00 per person and include a southern breakfast (scrambled eggs, biscuits and sausage gravy, grits, chicken hash, breakfast pastries, yogurt, fresh fruit, and coffee) as well as admission into the seminar.

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.

The event is part of the Northeastern Regional Prides (NERP) and Prides of the Southeast (POSE) Joint Conference being hosted by Atlanta Pride at the W Atlanta Midtown March 6-9. NERP and POSE are two regions of InterPride, the global organization of Pride planners.

Buck Cooke, Executive Director, said of the program, “All of us at Atlanta Pride are extremely excited to bring a conversation of this magnitude to our city, especially given the current possibility of discriminatory legislation in GA and a number of other states. By getting the big picture from The White House and the Human Rights Campaign and then discussing the topic in terms of how LGBTQ equality can play out at the state level, this is a unique opportunity to examine this issue from many sides, both for the visiting Pride organizers and our local community. “

Event Details:

Sunday March 9, 2014

Breakfast Buffet at 8:30 a.m.

Program at 9 a.m.

Great Room II, W Atlanta Midtown

188 14th St. NE

Atlanta, GA 30361

 

 

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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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APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 2014 FESTIVAL

Atlanta Pride is happy to announce that applications are now open for the Market and Parade for the 44th annual Atlanta Pride Festival, which will be held on October 11-12, 2014, in Piedmont Park. Online applications are also open for entertainers who want to be considered for performances at the festival. All of these applications can be found on the Forms page of the Atlanta Pride website.

Please note that due to permit concerns, the Atlanta Pride Parade will be shortened this year, so please register early for the parade in order to ensure your organization or business makes it into the lineup. The Parade always sells out and will fill up even earlier this year, so you don’t want to be left out of the excitement and fun.

Food vendor applications should be available by March 1, 2014, on the same page.

 


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!