Rain­bow Days:

LGBT crowds flock to Six Flags Over Ge­or­gia on Aug. 10.

GA Voice - - Front Page - By LAURA DOU­GLAS-BROWN

LGBT crowds will gather Satur­day, Aug. 10, at Six Flags Over Ge­or­gia for the fourth an­nual Rain­bow Days at the pop­u­lar amuse­ment park. While the park will be open to the gen­eral pub­lic, Rain­bow Days gold ticket hold­ers can also ac­cess spe­cial en­ter­tain­ment and din­ing.

“We’re most ex­cited about our new spon­sors, all of our new at­ten­dees as well as the old ones, the com­mit­ment cer­e­monies and of course the uni­fi­ca­tion of the LGBT com­mu­nity,” says Car­men Smith, man­ag­ing part­ner of At­lanta Pre­mier Events Group, which pro­duces Rain­bow Days with pre­sent­ing spon­sor Gay­bor­hood.

The goal of the event is to of­fer a fun-filled day for LGBT at­ten­dees while also send­ing a mes­sage about unity and di­ver­sity, and or­ga­niz­ers hope at­ten­dance will top 3,000.

“This event is to show peo­ple that we are hu­mans too, re­gard­less of our sex­ual pref­er­ence,” Smith says. “We’re no less than any­one else and we de­serve equal­ity on all as­pects. We will show up in record num­bers and show uni­fi­ca­tion so that ev­ery­one else will know that we are here, we are proud, and we are equal.”

As with the sim­i­lar Gay Day at Walt Dis­ney World in Florida, Rain­bow Days at­ten­dees are en­cour­aged to wear red t-shirts to stand out among the other park pa­trons.

“We are sell­ing our own red t-shirts on­line. We are plan­ning a huge Sea of Red photo and would like all at­ten­dees to pur­chase a red shirt or to wear red to the park,” Smith says, while adding, “al­though we en­cour­age this, it is not re­quired. Please come in any com­fort­able at­tire and make sure you bring walk­ing shoes.”

Rain­bow Days of­fers tick­ets at three dif­fer­ent price lev­els, as well as an op­tion for Six Flags sea­son ticket hold­ers to gain ac­cess to spe­cial Rain­bow Days ameni­ties.

For $50, the Gold Pack­age in­cludes park ad­mis­sion, park­ing and en­try into the pri­vate Rain- bow Days pav­il­ion with en­ter­tain­ment and an all-you-can-eat buffet.

The Sil­ver Pack­age ticket, for $41.99, in­cludes park ad­mis­sion and park­ing, while the Ba­sic Pack­age for $36.99 in­cludes only park ad­mis­sion, with­out park­ing. Those who al­ready have Six Flags sea­son passes can pay $23.99 to add en­try to the Rain­bow Days pav­il­ion with en­ter­tain­ment and buffet.

All tick­ets are avail­able on the Rain­bow Days web­site, www.rain­bow­daysat­sixflags.com. A por­tion of pro­ceeds from the event will be do­nated to two LGBT non­prof­its: the Health Ini­tia­tive, which fo­cuses on health and well­ness, and Lost-N-Found Youth, which helps home­less LGBT young peo­ple.

Last year’s Rain­bow Days brought in national en­ter­tain­ers, with ‘80s pop icon Tiffany and DJ Cazwell per­form­ing.

This year’s en­ter­tain­ment, avail­able to Gold Pack­age hold­ers in the pav­il­ion, fo­cuses mostly on lo­cal and re­gional tal­ent. Per­for­mances are slated from DJ Trevor, drag kings Azn and Maile,

the Athens Show­girls, Alis­sah, Twinn City, GA Voice “Best Mu­si­cian” win­ner J. Tyler and Dy­lan Michael. Miko Evans serves as host.

SAY ‘I DO’ AT SIX FLAGS

Love can be a roller coaster, so why not say “I Do” at an amuse­ment park? New for this year at Rain­bow Days is a group com­mit­ment cer­e­mony slated for 4:30 p.m. in the pri­vate Rain­bow Days pav­il­ion area.

“We wanted to cel­e­brate the U.S. Supreme Court strik­ing down of DOMA,” Smith says. “We are peo­ple too. Our re­la­tion­ships mat­ter just as much as any­one else’s. This is to show peo­ple that we are here and we are not go­ing any­where.”

Smith says re­sponse to on­line regis­tra­tion for the com­mit­ment cer­e­mony has been “absolutely amaz­ing.”

“We’d like to keep an ac­cu­rate list so we do not leave any­one out. That is why we are en­cour­ag­ing pre-regis­tra­tion,” she says. “We will con­sider walk-up cou­ples for the com­mit­ment cer­e­monies but they have to be at the park by 3 p.m. and pos­sess Gold Pack­age tick­ets.”

Reg­is­tered com­mit­ment cer­e­mony par­tic­i­pants who hold Gold Pack­age tick­ets will also be en­tered into a draw­ing for a re­cep­tion din­ner or cock­tail party at War­ren City Club for up to 50 guests. It in­cludes wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy and a wed­ding cake.

The win­ner will be an­nounced dur­ing the din­ner buffet, which takes place in the pav­il­ion at 6 p.m.

The Sher­a­ton At­lanta Ho­tel of­fers a spe­cial $99 rate for Rain­bow Days at­ten­dees.

A Rain­bow Days af­ter-party is set for 10 p.m. at 10th & Pied­mont, fea­tur­ing go-go boys, a DJ and live vo­cal­ists. There is no cover charge.

The 2012 Rain­bow Days event drew throngs to Six Flags Over Ge­or­gia to en­joy rides, food and spe­cial en­ter­tain­ment. (Ride pub­lic­ity photo via Six Flags on Face­book; 2012 Rain­bow Day pho­tos by Brent Cor­co­ran)

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