Atlanta Pride Parade 2017: Everything to know about Atlanta Pride Parade and more

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Atlanta Pride Parade 2017: Everything to know about Atlanta Pride Parade and more

Atlanta Pride returns this weekend for its 47th year, and among a full calendar of events are its centerpiece marches and parades.

Last year, more than 200,000 attended the parade and festival, which celebrates the lives and historical discrimination against those who identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and queer community. It’s one of the oldest gay pride parades in the nation. Though many of the parades take place during the official Gay Pride month in June, Atlanta celebrates closer to National Coming Out Day, which is on Oct. 11.

Here's a look at the times and routes (and attendant road closures) of each — for those who plan to attend, as well as those who may be driving through Midtown and may want to use alternate routes around the road closures.

The Annual Trans March

Starts at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Assembly begins at 1:15 p.m. at the Charles Allen Gate of Piedmont Park.



Route: From the Charles Allen Gate up 10th Street, turning onto Peachtree Street toward 14th Street and then turning on 16th back to Piedmont Park.



Atlanta Dyke March

Starts 6 p.m. Saturday. Assembly begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Charles Allen Gate of Piedmont Park.

Route: From the Charles Allen Gate up 10th Street, turning onto Peachtree Street toward 14th Street and then turning on 16th back to Piedmont Park.



Atlanta Pride Parade Sponsored by Delta Airlines

Starts at Sunday at 12 p.m. Assembly begins at 9:30 a.m. on the streets near the Civic Center MARTA Station.

Route: From the Civic Center MARTA Station, the parade merges off Ralph McGill onto Peachtree Street and travels toward 10th Street, turning on 10th toward the the Charles Allen Gate entrance of Piedmont Park, where the parade officially ends.

Atlanta Pride Festival

Atlanta Pride Festival, takes places between Oct. 13-15, is one of the largest pride festival in the Southeast. The festival encompasses all the marches, the parade and the music, entertainment and other activities at Piedmont Park this weekend. 

The weekend-long celebration will include cultural exhibits, the renowned Atlanta Pride Parade, the pride marketplace and the Pride Car and Motorcycle Show and Dyke March.

It all kicks off with the Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff, which will take place 7-11:30 p.m. Friday, October 13, at the Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta. Attendees will have access to the AT&T Dolphin Celebration. Entertainment will include DJ Joey Zeb at the Aquarium Atrium and DJ Edil Hernandez in the Oceans Ballroom.

General Admission :$30, includes Aquarium exhibits; Lounge admission: Sold out. Includes general admission into the Atlanta Pride Kickoff Event and access to all available Aquarium exhibits. Cash bars are available. 

Here’s a rundown of the musical guests that will play the Coca Cola Main stage throughout the day Saturday and Sunday:

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Atlanta Pride Festival: 

Coca Cola main stage lineup:

Hero the Band
Jason Maek & Zaena
Madison Beer
MAX
Arrested Development
Rita Ora
DeJ Loaf
The Pointer Sisters
SUNDAY – 10/15/17
Michel Jons Band
Ty Herndon
DJ Nick Ayler
DJ Tracy Young
Starlight Cabaret

For more on Atlanta Pride entertainment, visit atlantapride.org.

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