The Marietta Rainbow Festival, the second annual gay Pride celebration in the Atlanta suburb, has been postponed from this weekend until the end of July.
"The Marietta Rainbow Festival, our Marietta Pride celebration, has been changed to July 29th -30th due to a licensing issue," organizer Johnathon Murphy posted on his Facebook page this morning.
"Instead of being negative, we will take the extra time to make it that much bigger and better! We are still working hard to get LeBUZZ Marietta in its new location by this weekend," wrote Murphy, also owner of LeBuzz.
The Marietta festival is hosted by the North Georgia Rainbow Coalition and was set to take place indoors at LeBuzz, Marietta's sole gay bar. The club is moving to a new, larger home at 585 Franklin Road SE in Marietta, and the festival was to be held there and at Enigma, next door.
Murphy told GA Voice via email that the problem had to do with Enigma.
“Enigma was not permitable due to some code violations. We are correcting those now to be able to get the licensing and permits,” he said.
Plans for the Pride festival include vendors, DJs, live bands, drag shows and a dance party with Mistress of Ceremonies Destiny Brooks. Daytime events feature family activities like snow cones and a duck derby, according to Murphy.
Some 40 percent of proceeds will got to Project Live Love, “a non-profit organization designed to influence culture through love in action by engaging, networking and mobilizing people who are motivated by love [www.projectlivelove.com], ” according to an earlier press release from the Rainbow Festival.