There's plenty to do tonight to get in the mood for this weekend's Atlanta Pride festival

Friday night Pride

Tonight, Chris Coleman christens the new Club Reign on 11th and Peachtree streets with a dance party featuring DJ Mike Cruz of New York, along with a delectable underwear fashion show by Zelus. Also on tap for the gay boys on Friday are DJ Karlitos spinning at Jungle, DJ Lydia Prim at Heretic, and boisterous crowds at neighborhood joints like Blake’s, Burkhart’s, Mary’s and the Eagle.

The ladies have plenty of party options tonight, including the “Fire & Ice” party at My Sisters’ Room, a two-day affair that features the voluptuous rock group The Fuel Girls, and performances by drag maven GiGi Monroe.

Friday is also the night for what has become one of the leading lesbian social events in Atlanta, as the Heaven party takes over the Park Tavern.

“It’s going to be a multi-level party, with a tent set up outside with an awesome view of the Atlanta skyline,” says Anna Ragghianti, owner of Bellissima and SWA-RE, which produces the Heaven party.

The Heaven party attempts to lift the expectations for lesbian parties in Atlanta, featuring everything from an arts market, to go-go dancers wearing angel wings, to an aerial performance, to three separate DJs — DJ Duck, Miami’s DJ Dimples and Atlanta favorite DJ Vicki Powell. To further get attendees in the whimsical spirit, the party offers perks such as no lines for women wearing angel wings.

“We get a great mix of about a thousand people, mostly women, but guys are welcome,” says Ragghianti, who believes women have more plentiful party options for Pride weekend than in the past. “Our theme is ‘Set Aside Your Senses,’ and we really just tried to create a really fun, visually stimulating atmosphere.”

Here’s a list of tonight’s activities:

Atlanta Pride VIP Party
6  – 8 p.m. at the Georgia Aquarium
(Oceans Ballroom entrance)
225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party with DJ Martin Fry
6:30 – 11:30 p.m. at the Georgia Aquarium (main entrance)
225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff Afterparty
Best of the ‘80s with DJ Ed Bailey
11 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Jungle
2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324

Fourth Tuesday happy hour
6 – 8 p.m. at Bellissima
560-B Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306

Pride Kickoff Beer Bust for Jerusalem House
Presented by the Southern Bears
6-10 p.m. at F.R.O.G.S. Cantina
931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra “Wicked Divas” with Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus
8 p.m. at Atlanta Symphony Hall
Woodruff Arts Center
1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309

‘Massive’ Party with DJ Mike Cruz & Frenchie Davis
9 p.m. at Reign Nightclub
1021 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, GA 30309

DJ Lydia Prim
10 p.m. at the Heretic
2069 Cheshire Bridge Road
Atlanta, GA 30324

“Fire and Ice” with The Fuel Girls
10 p.m. at My Sisters’ Room
1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316

“Heaven” Party with DJs Duck, Dimples and Vicki Powell
9 p.m. – 3 a.m. at Park Tavern
500 10th St., Atlanta, GA 30309

DJ David Knapp
10 p.m. at the Eagle
306 Ponce de Leon Ave.Atlanta, GA 30308

DJ Mike Pope
10 p.m. at Amsterdam
502-A Amsterdam Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306

Fierce Friday with Destiny Brooks
11 p.m. at LeBuzz
585 Franklin Road, Marietta, GA 30067

Kitty LeClaw’s Meow Mix
11 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park
227 10th St., Atlanta, GA 30309

Mary Edith Pitts Show
11:30 p.m. at Burkhart’s Pub
1492 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Friday Night Live with Traxx & Traxx Girls
Atlanta Live
3595 Clairmont Rd., Atlanta, GA 30319