In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) has moved its annual Pride celebration completely online. Even though Pride looks a little different this year, APC has announced a diverse lineup of virtual programming to ensure Pride at home lives up to years past. All through Pride weekend, October 9–11, as well as until the end of October, Atlanta Pride will host virtual events like the Starlight Cabaret, a digital marketplace, wellness programming, and more!
This year’s Starlight Cabaret will be streamed on Sunday, October 11 from 7–10pm. Even though the event is virtual, that doesn’t mean there will be a shortage of talent! The lineup for this show includes a host of the best of the best among Atlanta’s drag performers, as well as some performances and appearances from the following artists:
Bright Light Bright Light
DJ Babey Drew*
*These artists appear in partnership with iHeartMedia
The event will be hosted by Starlight veteran Genre Monster and RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist Phoenix. You can register for the event and stream it the day of at atlantapride.topeka.live.
Delta Virtual Marketplace
On October 10 and 11 from 1–5pm, guests will be able to browse the offerings of the Delta Virtual Marketplace. Along with two days of interactive vendor booths and a resource fair, the market includes unique offerings reminiscent of the Pride festival we all know and love.
Visit the Family Zone for family fun, crafts, and reading programming from the Fulton, Dekalb, and Clayton counties library systems. Then head over to the virtual Wellness Room, which includes all things wellness: yoga, COVID-19 prevention, nutrition, exercise, and more!
For our older Pride goers, Gray Pride, presented by AARP, is better than ever. Find a cooking segment by the world renowned Big Freedia, a Pride Bingo hosted by Latina lesbian comedienne Sandra Valls, and a pumped up music set by 3 C Productions.
This year, APC is also offering a virtual scavenger hunt from October 8–15. While the hunt can be completed entirely online, there will also be a few (socially distanced!) in-person clues around town, including some highlighting Pride sponsors like Porsche. Winners will enjoy prizes like a stay at the Marriott, VIP tickets to the 2021 Atlanta Pride festival, Atlanta Pride merchandise, and more!
All marketplace offerings will be available through the Atlanta Pride Festival 2020 app.
Pride at Home Party Packs
For those planning on hosting their own at-home Pride celebration, APC has partnered with Proof of the Pudding to offer catering packages that include fancy snacks like charcuterie boards and dips, brunch favorites like rainbow fruit skewers and frittatas, and diverse and delicious cocktails. You can order your party pack at proofatl.square.site. Food will be available for pickup at Proof of the Pudding (1175 Chattahoochee Ave NW, Building A) on October 9 and 10 from noon–4pm and October 11 from 10am-noon. Proceeds of box sales benefit APC.
Atlanta Pride 2020 Calendar
From podcasts and voguing to art exhibitions and education, there’s something for everyone this Pride, all COVID-19 friendly!
“While this has definitely been an unusual year for everyone, our team has pulled out all the stops to make sure that this 50th anniversary milestone is memorable,” APC Executive Director Jamie Fergerson said. “We want everyone to remain safe and healthy, and we also want everyone to have a little fun enjoying the Atlanta Pride Festival in a very different way this year. As always, we have a wide variety of programming that will offer something of interest to everyone across our wonderful community. Let me be the first to say, HAPPY PRIDE!”
Check out this weekend’s schedule and mark your calendar!
Exhibition: High Visibility Opening Night — October 9, 7–9pm
Sweet Tea: A Queer Variety Show — October 9, 8–10pm
Delta Virtual Marketplace — October 10 and 11
Atlanta Pride Yoga Presented by Kashi Atlanta — October 10, 10am–noon
Trans Health Program with Absolute Care — October 10, 12:30–1pm
Queer Code Podcast — October 10, 5–6pm
Voguing with Jeterbydameter — October 10, 4:30–5pm
Shooting Stars Cabaret — October 10, 7–10pm
Southern Flex Pride Work Out Hour — October 11, 10–11am
Drag Queen Story Hour with Ms. Terra Cotta Sugarbaker — October 11,
CBS 46 Atlanta Pride Television Special — October 11, 1–2pm
AGMC, Our Song, and Voices of Note Performance — October 11, 2:30–3:30pm
Starlight Cabaret and Entertainment Block — October 11, 7–10pm
Exhibition: High Visibility Artist Talk/Identity and Queer Performance in Photography — October 15, 7–8:30pm
Exhibition: High Visibility Artist Talk/Exploring Queer, Black Southern Identity Through Photography — October 22, 7–8:30pm
All streamed events and more information can be accessed via atlantapride.org.