Athens PRIDE Street Fes­ti­val

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Athens PRIDE has come a long way since its first in­cep­tion, a potluck pic­nic hosted in 1998. This year’s fes­tiv­i­ties in­cluded Rainbow Flow Yoga at M3Yoga, a happy hour at Sis­ter Louisa’s Church bar, an evening of PRIDE Dra­gaoke hosted by The Pub at Gameday, a so­cial for LGBT youth at Rook and Pawn, the ever-pop­u­lar Red HOTTTT Dance Party at Lit­tle King’s Shuf­fle Club, the Sun­day street fes­ti­val and “Di­vas Un­der the Lights,” the cul­mi­nat­ing show down­town that fea­tured drag kings and queens and out mu­si­cians, in­clud­ing our Best of At­lanta 2017 win­ners Evah De­struc­tion and J. Tyler.

De­spite the cloudy weather and grow­ing winds pro­vided by Hur­ri­cane Irma, a num­ber of ven­dors and ad­vo­cacy or­ga­ni­za­tions lined Wash­ing­ton Street for the fam­ily-friendly fes­ti­val on Sun­day that drew dozens of fam­i­lies, Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia stu­dents and fac­ulty, Athens res­i­dents and more. In ad­di­tion to a photo booth, henna art and face paint­ing, LGBT folks and al­lies heard from ven­dors in­clud­ing Hu­man Rights Cam­paign, Athens for Ev­ery­one, the Demo­cratic Party of Ge­or­gia LGBT Cau­cus, the Fem­i­nist Women’s Health Cen­ter and The Health Ini­tia­tive.

Mike Chad­wick, the “of­fi­cial” mas­cot for Athens PRIDE, was on hand as well, his glit­ter-fes­tooned beard and pea­cock feather-topped hat draw­ing just as many re­quests for self­ies as the Athens Hu­mane So­ci­ety pups.

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