A new be­gin­ning

Wak­ing up to the al­lure of spring events

GA Voice - - Spring Arts Preview -

Win­ter Storm Re­mus ush­ered out Fe­bru­ary with a bit of whim­per but the chilly March weather has all of us seek­ing those early hints of spring.

At­lanta wakes back up af­ter a long win­ter with fes­ti­vals and par­ties, es­pe­cially those catered to the LGBT crowd.

From At­lanta Leather Pride to the an­nual HRC Din­ner Gala & Auc­tion, there is some­thing for ev­ery­one.

This year, the first-ever La­dyfest At­lanta plants its seeds in the city later this month to cel­e­brate all things women and gen­der non­con­form­ing, while the At­lanta Leather Fes­ti­val re­turns to the At­lanta Ea­gle April 10-12 to em­brace kink and fetish and also crown a new Mr. and Ms. At­lanta Ea­gle and new Mr. SE Rub­ber.

For John Pa­que­tte (aka JP), who iden­ti­fies as a “ver­sa­tile, ag­gres­sive, leather ot­ter,” re­tir­ing as the 2014 Mr. At­lanta Ea­gle is a dream come true.

“Af­ter six years of be­ing the ot­ter be­hind the cur­tain I was chal­lenged by all the con­tenders to get out there. With the con­test be­ing opened up [in 2014] to rep­re­sent the en­tire pa­tron base and not just the leather as­pect, I thought it more than per­fect tim­ing,” he says.

Clock­wise from above left: The Ar­morettes’ Easter Drag Races are one of the big­gest spring events for LGBT folks who love to sin­fully cel­e­brate the hol­i­day. (File photo); JP is ready to re­tire his 2014 Mr. At­lanta Ea­gle ti­tle when At­lanta Leather Pride hits the At­lanta Ea­gle April 10-12 (Photo by Dyana Bagby); les­bian co­me­dian Suzanne Westen­hoe­fer comes to At­lanta May 1 for a fundraiser to ben­e­fit the fledg­ling Pride School At­lanta. (Pub­lic­ity photo)

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