Atlanta Pride Festival returns to Piedmont Park on Oct. 8-9, which coincides with National Coming Out Day.

The weekend will feature live music performances, art, exhibitions, food, and the annual parade on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. along Peachtree Street to Piedmont Park.

Rather than pick one or two grand marshals for the parade, the Atlanta Pride Committee accepted nominations from the community and picked a group of activists and  personalities including Lynn Barfield, Dee Dee Chamblee, Duchess Claud, Paulina Hernandez, Topher Payne and Rick Westbrook.

The official kick-off party will be held at the Georgia Aquarium on Friday, Oct. 7, with guest djs and a performance by JujuBee from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Kaiser Permanente is sponsoring the Community Health Expo, which will gather community health and service organizations in one central location in Piedmont Park during the weekend. Whether you need a hepatitis vaccine, information on preventing breast cancer, an HIV test or general information on staying healthy, these organizations can help.

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be two stages featuring a variety of entertainment including Hannah Thomas, Michelle Malone, Gurufish, Michael Jon, Justin Utley, Ari Gold, Wynter Gordon, Alexis Jordan and this year’s headliner, dance diva Deborah Cox.

There’s also a slew of marches, parties and other events happening at the weekend, so visit to see the full schedule.




Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.