Atlanta’s Pride festival wouldn’t be complete without the annual parade, which kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. Each year, the parade draws tens of thousands along the traditional route down Peachtree Street to 10th Street and Piedmont Park.
Organizers say more than 200 entrants have signed on this year, ranging from local nonprofit organizations to politicians, gay-friendly businesses and multi-national corporations.
The grand marshals for the 2012 parade are trans activist Vandy Beth Glenn; Rev. Joshua Noblitt, minister of social justice at Saint Mark United Methodist Church; Jeff Graham, Georgia Equality executive director; Danny Ingram, American Veterans for Equal Rights executive director; Dr. Julie Kubala, senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies for the Women’s Studies Institute at Georgia State University; Anita Rae Strange, “AKA Clermont Blondie”; the Alpha Chapter of Sigma Omega Phi Fraternity, Inc. and drag fundraising troupe The Armorettes.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta’s only daily print news outlet, completely skipped coverage of this year’s Atlanta Pride festival in its print edition. Atlanta Pride drew tens of thousands of people to Piedmont Park and was celebrating its 40th anniversary Oct. 8-10.
In an e-mail exchange with AJC’s Public Editor Shawn McIntosh, GA Voice reader Mike Canfield takes the newspaper to task for failing to cover one of the city’s largest annual festivals in its print edition.