Atlanta Pride is one of the biggest and oldest pride parades in the U.S. The annual festival of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender pride was established in 1971 when participants marched down Peachtree Street for the first time. It currently attracts about 300,000 attendees. It is always held in mid-October during a weekend after or before the National Coming Out Day.
The main event of the weekend is the Atlanta Pride Parade. It begins at noon on Sunday near the Civic Center MARTA Station in Atlanta. From there the Parade goes to Peachtree Street, travels north, turns east to 10th Street and finishes at the Charles Allen Gate entrance of Piedmont Park. Spectators line the streets to watch a flamboyant march full of colourful costumes, music, floats.
Atlanta Pride Festival is held at Piedmont Park. The weekend extravaganza features live music, art exhibits, and an arts and crafts Marketplace with over 200 vendors. Other activities of Pride weekend include Dyke March and Trans March, as well as Pride Car and Motorcycle Show.
The annual Trans March and Dyke March are held on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively. Participants assemble at the Charles Allen Gate of Piedmont Park. The main theme of both events is inclusivity and empowerment.