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PETA: Atlanta Pride kickoff party ‘torture’ to aquarium animals

Atlanta Pride kickoff party

Not everyone who attended the Atlanta Pride kickoff party at the Georgia Aquarium came away with rave reviews. Dan Matthews, a senior vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, published an opinion piece on Huffington Post Tuesday calling the event “a celebration of freedom in a building that celebrates captivity.”

Matthews, who was in town to work at the organization's booth during the two-day festival, attended the event and is urging Atlanta Pride organizers to hold the party elsewhere in the future. At issue for Matthews and PETA, aside from the animals being held in captivity, was the music playing during the event which Matthews says “has further devastated the lives and psyches of these uniquely gifted animals.”

Matthews writes of a conversation he had with an aquarium volunteer in which the volunteer allegedly remarks that the animals in the tanks were irritated by the dance music, so much so in fact, that the beluga whales began to attack the seals kept inside the same tank.

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Atlanta Pride in photos

The 2011 Atlanta Pride festival drew thousands to Atlanta's Piedmont Oct. 8 - 9 celebrating Pride and GA Voice photographers were on the scene. Community, nightlife, and entertainment events provided highlights for the three-day Pride festival.

Editor's note: Additional galleries are forthcoming. Check back to see photos from the Starlight Cabaret, the Atlanta Pride parade and more.

Heaven Pride Party with DJ Vicki Powell

Heaven Party with DJ Vicki Powell

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Aquarium party becomes a staple of Pride

Over at the Georgia Aquarium, it’s likely that the penguins are cleaning their tuxes and the beluga whales are making sure their smiles are extra shiny as they prepare to host what has quickly become one of th...
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Atlanta Pride releases nightlife schedule

This year's Atlanta Pride festival will take place during the second weekend of October

The Atlanta Pride Committee today released its schedule of nightlife events for the 41st Atlanta Pride Festival. The kick-off party will be held once again at the Georgia Aquarium, while the APC will partner with Chris Coleman Enterprises, Club Jungle and Pandora Events for other nightlife events during the Oct. 8-9 weekend.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with some of the most talented club entertainment promoters in the city,” said JP Sheffield, executive director of the Atlanta Pride Committee.

“These additional programs help round out the weekend, as well as provide us with the opportunity to partner with local businesses,” Sheffield added.

As in the recent past, the APC will officially kick off Atlanta Pride at the Georgia Aquarium on Oct. 7. The official kickoff after party will be held at Club Jungle and will feature DJ Ed Bailey.

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Best of Atlanta: Places

The Georgia Aquarium won two awards in the annual Best of Atlanta survey

After two months of online balloting and thousands of votes cast, we present the best of the best — our second annual GA Voice Best of Atlanta winners.

The selection process began in May, when we asked you, our readers, to nominate your favorites for dozens of awards in the categories of Community, People, Places, Eats, Shopping, Arts & Entertainment and Nightlife.

The top three finalists in each category made it through to the next round of voting. For the month of June, a multiple-choice ballot asked you to pick among the finalists for who really represents the finest in LGBT Georgia.

Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations to all of the worthy winners and runners up.