Pride Weekend is set to indulge every festival goer in the queer village with a high-energy, fierce line up of some of the music industry’s biggest names and iconic legends.
The diverse slate of headliners will have Piedmont Park booming and rocking all weekend long. Atlanta celebrates Pride, National Coming Out Day and all of LGBT Atlanta with daytime activities jam-packed with performances, marches, special programming, and even a few new gems sure to be an annual tradition for years to come.
Check out some of the highlights for this year’s Pride-by-day park festivities.
A Great Big World
New Yorkers Ian Axel and Chad King have pushed the bounds of mainstream music since their debut EP in 2012. Their first single “This is the New Year” broke the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 and was performed by the cast of Glee. Yet it was their inspirational, international hit “Say Something,” a duet collaboration with Christina Aguilera, that cemented their pop-rock status. Returning to Pride this year, the gay-straight “Hold Each Other” crooners will belt out their campaigned message of tolerance and love sure to wash over you from head to toe. A Great Big World plays the Coca-Cola stage on Saturday evening.
She’s been in the game for years, but it wasn’t until her breakout anthem “Fight Song” hit the airwaves that this pop sensation skyrocketed to a household name pedestal. The self-affirmation track stylistically runs in the vein of Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift and has cracked the Top 10 around the globe and of course, every gay boy’s workout playlist. Rachel Platten follows A Great Big World on Atlanta Pride’s Coke Stage Saturday, Oct. 10.
Brothers A.I. and Uptown AP are a musical force with their hands in some of the decade’s biggest singles. Their production fingerprints are on Sean Kingston’s “Take You There,” Miley’s molly lovin’ “We Can’t Stop,” and even Rihanna’s “Pour It Up.” Their latest collab with Adam Levine, “Locked Away,” soared to No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop Song radio airplay chart. R. City rocks the Coca-Cola Stage on Saturday afternoon in Piedmont Park’s Meadow before A Great Big World.
Legendary pop group Sister Sledge will be letting us all know, “We Are Family,” sashaying and singing to close out Pride Saturday Night. Any respectable gay will be front and center, getting down with the fearsome foursome and “all their sisters and me,” a fitting finale for a diabolical lineup like no other. Sister Sledge closes out Atlanta Pride’s Saturday night lineup on the Coca-Cola stage.
Bear Dance and Queer Your Gender Dance Parties
DJ Robert Ansley brings the hottest gay house music to the Bud Light Stage to celebrate post-parade on Sunday. This new event for Atlanta Pride hopes to start an annual tradition. The Queer Your Gender Dance Party, organized by the Dyke and Trans Marches, is free for all ages and all comers with DJ Canvas on Saturday. Bear Dance is set for Sunday, Oct. 12, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. under the Piedmont Park Pavillion. The Queer Your Gender Dance goes down in the same venue on Saturday, Oct. 11, 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Atlanta Dyke March & Atlanta Trans March
The Dyke March combines an atmosphere of inclusion and community for “all women loving women (trans-inclusive) of any race, culture, orientation, ability, health, socioeconomic level, family structure, faith, or age.” Allies of every stripe are also encouraged to join the step-off in the name of Pride. Saturday, Oct. 10. Assembly begins at the Charles Allen Gate at 5:30 p.m. and the March kicks off at 6 p.m.
The Trans March celebrates and encourages visibility of the transgender community. All Trans people and Trans allies are welcome to participate. Everyone is encouraged to make and bring signs. Saturday, October 10, 1:45 p.m. Assembly begins at 1:15 p.m. at the Charles Allen Gate.
Atlanta Pride Parade
The most highly anticipated part of any year, Atlanta Pride’s signature event steps down Peachtree and turns onto 10th Street toward the park with hundreds of floats and marchers showing their bright, shiny LGBT love to the world. Keep an eye out for David Atlanta’s entry starring local lovely Violet Chachki and a float full of cuties passing out limited-edition Violet fans. The Atlanta Pride Parade steps off on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. from the Civic Center MARTA Station.