Amid the exponential COVID-19 case growth in Georgia and the ongoing public health emergency, The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) has announced that they have canceled the Atlanta Pride Festival and Parade scheduled for October 9-10, 2021.
The Board of Directors along with the Executive Director, Jamie Fergerson, consulted with Atlanta Pride Medical Directors, Dr. Jason Schneider, and Dr. Eliot Blum, as well as renowned and internationally respected public health expert Dr. Carlos del Rio, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leaders of local hospital systems, and other public health officials. After these consultations a review of public health data and confirming the City of Atlanta’s moratorium on issuing Class ‘A’ permits, the organization made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Atlanta Pride Festival and Parade.
As recorded cases of COVID-19 have increased more than ten-fold in Georgia since July 1st and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends avoiding large events and gatherings, the City of Atlanta has maintained its moratorium on events for over 50,000 attendees. In recent years the Atlanta Pride Celebration brought over 350,000 people together for Atlanta Pride weekend.
In the interim, APC asks everyone to do their part by getting vaccinated, wearing a mask, and following all public health guidances so we can gather together for the Atlanta Pride Celebration in 2022.