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Atlanta Pride announces VIP program for 2013 festival

2011 Atlanta Pride kickoff party at Georgia Aquarium

The Atlanta Pride Committee today announced a VIP program for festival-goers to this year's upcoming Pride Oct. 12-13. Tickets start at $175 when purchased in advance but jump to $200 if purchased the weekend of the festival.

This is the first year in recent memory that Atlanta Pride has offered this level of VIP experience, organizers said.

Included in the VIP pass is access to a private seating area in Piedmont Park's meadow, private restroom facilities and other goodies.

Buck Cooke, Executive Director of the Atlanta Pride Committee, hyped the new passes in a statement released today.

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Calendar: Stonewall Month events

Though the traditional Pride season occurs during June to coincide with the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the Atlanta Pride festival has been held in October for the past four years after drought concerns and city regulations displaced it from summer in Piedmont Park.

Atlanta Pride will be held Oct. 11-13, but Pride organizers have also made an effort to coordinate and publicize a schedule of events during the traditional Pride month — now dubbed Stonewall Month here.

“While many in our community bemoan our move to October for the Atlanta Pride Festival, we are excited to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 riots at the Stonewall Inn with a robust offering of educational programs, social gatherings, and community activities that run the gamut of the LGBTQ community in Atlanta,” said Atlanta Pride Executive Director Buck Cooke.