St. Pete's Righteously Outrageous Twirling Core in the Atlanta Pride 2009 parade
|Genre||LGBT pride parade and festival|
|Begins||October near National Coming Out Day|
|Location(s)||Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America|
|Most recent||October 10–12, 2014|
|Organized by||Atlanta Pride Committee|
Atlanta Pride, also colloquially (and formerly) called the Atlanta Gay Pride Festival, is a week-long annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) pride parade held in Atlanta, Georgia (United States). Established in 1971, it is one of the oldest pride parades in the United States. According to the Atlanta Pride Committee as of 2007, attendance was averaging around 200,000. Until 2008, it was held in Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta. In 2008 large events were banned from Piedmont Park due to drought conditions, so Atlanta Pride was held in the Civic Center. In 2009 it returned to Piedmont Park, but kept the October date due to more favorable autumn weather and the difficulty in performing adequate fundraising in only nine months.
Held in October to coincide with "National Coming Out Day," The Atlanta Pride festival is preceded by a variety of events that begin in June to celebrate the Stonewall riots. In addition, Atlanta's Out on Film gay film festival offers a weeklong selection of LGBT films by, for and about the LGBT community. While a separate event, Out on Film runs in conjunction with Atlanta Pride.
"The main mission of the Atlanta Pride Committee is to provide lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender and queer persons with cultural and educational programs and activities which enhance mental and physical health, provide social support, and foster an awareness of the past and present contributions of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender persons, through community activities and services, including an annual Pride event." The events that occur at Atlanta Pride range from speeches about violence against women, race, sexual orientation, gender, immigration, etc. The main event is the pride parade which is a march through the city filled with costumes, music, banners, and a variety people. It also has marches, market layout and vendors, concerts, dance parties, motorcycle shows, cultural exhibits, etc. The annual pride week began when a group of dykes, gay men, drag queens, and gender non-comfimirst joined together to fight back against the discrimination of police brutality. At the time police raids on gay bars were common because homosexual sex was illegal in all but one state in the United States. On June 28, 1969, the police raided a popular gay bar called Stonewall Inn. Every one was cooperative until the police between to force three drag queens and a lesbian into the back of a police car. The crowd of bystanders began to throw bottles at the police and fight back. This riot later became known as the Stonewall riot. The riot lasted for several days and began one of the first equal right protest for the LGBT community.  That riot was the beginning of the LGBT rights movements and the opportunity and gateway for Atlanta Pride.
As stated by the Atlanta Pride Committee in 1970, a year after the Stonewall Riot, many activist marched down Peachtree Street in Atlanta, GA representing the first pride parade. The first march received no media coverage or any known documentation. In 1972, hundreds of people marched in the parade, that year the parade was covered by local television stations. In 1973, marchers wore paper bags over their heads to hide their identity protecting themselves from the dangers they may face and to represent how invisible they felt in their communities. In 2001, the Pride parade became the largest event in history with over 150 entries. In 2010, Atlanta Pride takes place in Mid-October to represent the "National Coming Out Day".
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