In Atlanta, where more than just the housewives reign supreme, there is one of the country’s largest and most thriving queer communities. Not only is Atlanta a liberal blue diamond in a sea of red rough, it’s an oasis of arts, culture, cuisine, history and the city plays host the South’s biggest Pride festival. HomoCulture is a proud media sponsor of Atlanta Pride and this year’s Atlanta Pride was another successful weekend full of love and fun events.
Starting on Friday, October 12th was the Atlanta Pride Official Kickoff held again at the Atlanta Aquarium. Local DJ Kevin Durard spun fun dance tunes in the Aquarium Atrium while VJ Mark Gordon wowed everyone with visuals in the Oceans Ballroom that featured an 80s theme. The Kickoff Party was a fabulous way to jumpstart Atlanta Pride.
Next, Justin David presented the Papa Heroes official party. With beats by DJ Oscar Velazquez and local DJ Sean Michael, (though Papa was not at the event) Papa Heroes was a fabulous Friday night after hours party in the incredible Whitehall Ballroom that saw party goers decked out to the nines in incredible costumes. Major LED production combined with huge laser shows and the sickening mixes by the DJs solidified Friday Night as the night to open Atlanta Pride Festivities.
Both Saturday and Sunday saw Atlanta open its arms to the community for the annual Atlanta Pride festival. Hundreds of thousands of people turned out for the festival, touring the vendors, trying different local cuisines, conversing, mingling, and thriving together as a community. Ample big named talent performed throughout the festival.
Saturday saw wicked fun events held throughout the city and if you were lucky, you attended all of them. Peach Fuzz, the official Atlanta Pride Tea Dance, produced by Seth Breezy of BeefyBoy Productions and Brian Kent of Brian Kent Productions, was a fun time held at Opera Nightclub. This day time event saw the Opera Nightclub transformed into the gayest dance party with lights, gogo boys, and lasers.
The Atlanta Eaglelayed host to the Geared Party held Saturday night. A no-cover dance party until 3am, Geared was DJed by Neon the GlowGoBear. The Geared Party had everyone dancing the night away under a fierce laser show and with extra great music spinning until the late hours of the night.
Sunday of Pride weekend in Atlanta is no church day. Established in 1971, Atlanta Pride has one of the oldest pride parades in the United States, and this year’s Pride Parade started Sunday off right. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made history as the first candidate for Georgia governor to march in a Pride Parade. The floats were outrageous and beautiful, the crowd was warm, and Atlanta Pride Parade went off without a hitch!
Sunday Afternoon was the party Sugar: Pride Edition Tea Dance held at the Loca Luna. International Spanish DJ Jesus Pelaya from Madrid spun the music and Skyworks Lighting did amazing laser and lighting shows, with the proceeds going to Jerusalem House helping low income children, families, and individuals with HIV/AIDS.
The fun never stops in Atlanta. Throughout the weekend many of the gay bars located throughout the city hosted Pride parade viewing parties, Pride parties, and special events. Parking lots and patios along the parade route were packed with people attending the Atlanta Pride parade and on their way to/from the Atlanta Pride Festival at Piedmont Park. It was a great way to connect with friends, have a cocktail, and meet at a central location between events.
The proudly brings the HomoCulture Tour, a media partner of Atlanta Pride. Atlanta is a fun, welcoming city with warm temperatures year-round. Get out and explore the great attractions of the city including the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN, and the Human Rights Museum. The Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau can help you plan your next gaycation to Atlanta, including providing suggested itineraries, connecting you with a CityPass to explore the big attractions at discounted rates, and guiding you on the best bars, restaurants, and gay nightlife the city has to offer.
Mark your calendars for the hottest Pride festival in the Southern United States: Atlanta Pride.
Looking for more photos from Atlanta Pride? Check out the HomoCulture Facebook page for nearly 600 incredible photos taken by HomoCulture and MPack Photography at events throughout the weekend.