Atlanta Pride announces grand marshals, site for kickoff party
Atlanta Pride may be some four months away, but organizers are giving the public a sneak peek of what to expect when the fest takes place Oct. 10–11.
This year the Atlanta Pride Committee received 70 nominations for grand marshal, the most ever. Those selected to lead the parade on Oct. 11 are: Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC); Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati; Stefani Blackmon; Ulester Douglas; La Trina P. Jackson; Raynae Jones; Gus Kaufman Jr., Ph.D.; Tracee McDaniel; Daniel Ashley Pierce; Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender and Sexual Diversity (SOJOURN); Charles Henry Stevens; and Trans* and Friends.
“The honorees for 2015 represent a wonderful cross-section of the work being done in our LGBTQ community,” said Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director Buck Cooke in a statement. “From Pride organizing to transgender activism, from education to commerce, these individuals are changing the way that LGBTQ Georgians live their lives and experience equality across our state.”
The APC also announced the Georgia Aquarium will host the official kickoff party on Friday, Oct. 9. This is the sixth year Atlanta Pride has held its kickoff party at the popular tourist attraction.
DJ Brandon Moses and Atlanta favorite VJ Diablo Rojo will be providing the beats for the party.
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