The parade ends at the Commons, where the Pride Festival continues until 7 p.m. Headlining entertainers include Thea Davis, Chad Michaels and Frenchie Davis, who is returning to Augusta after headlining the city’s first Pride festival in 2010. They will perform from 1-4 p.m., followed by local entertainers until 6 p.m.
The festival concludes with an after-party at Club Argos.
Last year’s Augusta Pride drew an estimated crowd of 10,500, according to organizers, setting a new attendance record while still maintaining a close-knit community atmosphere.
“I think it was phenomenal,” Augusta Pride President Travis Jenkins said in an interview as the festival ended. “Our attendance went up by a third, our sales went up by a third, and I think everyone had a great time.”
Top photo: After headlining the first Augusta Pride in 2010, Frenchie Davis returns for the fourth annual festival this year. (Photo by Laura Douglas-Brown)