Courtesy Atlanta Pride
Courtesy Atlanta Pride

The Atlanta Pride festival marks its 45th anniversary this weekend with a lineup of events, entertainment and the annual Pride Parade celebrating the LGBT community.

The festival begins tonight, Oct. 9, with an official kick off party at the Georgia Aquarium from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $35 at the door with a cocktail party and music from DJ Brandon Moses and VJ Diablo Rojo.

Piedmont Park will be the epicenter of the festival with the marketplace and entertainment stages set up at the Midtown greenspace. As usual, parking will be limited to non-existent so take MARTA, Uber, walk or bike.

The annual Trans March will be held Saturday at 1:45 p.m. starting at the Charles Allen entrance of Piedmont Park on 10th Street and making its way to Peachtree to 14th Street and back to the park. The march celebrate and promotes the visibility of the transgender community. The Dyke March will follow the same route and begins at 6 p.m.

There will be live entertainment in the park all weekend, including local musical acts, spoken word, drag shows and headliner Sister Sledge singing “We Are Family” and other hits.

The big event of the weekend is the Pride Parade on Sunday at 1 p.m. The parade will begin near the Civic Center MARTA station and make its way up Peachtree Street to 1oth Street and into the park. Thousands are expected to participate and line the route.

For a complete schedule of this weekend’s events, visit atlantapride.org.

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.