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[Photos] Roast turns to toasts for Atlanta’s Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown

It was billed as a roast of Mr. Charlie Brown and while there were plenty of laughs, a panel of veteran Atlanta drag queens could only thank and praise (mostly) the local and Southern legend on Wednesday, July 25, as part of the opening of the Marietta Rainbow Festival taking place through the weekend.

Seems the queens were too afraid to say anything bad about the Mouth of the South.

From Bubba D. Licious to Heather Daniels, Lauren LeMasters, Monica Van Pelt and Lily White, the Atlanta queens paid homage to "America's Ultimate Bitch" who gave many of them them their starts in the original Charlie Brown Cabaret at Backstreet some 20 years ago.

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[Photos] Second annual Marietta Pride draws throngs

Marietta Rainbow Festival

Jubilant crowds packed Le Buzz, the Cobb County gay bar, July 29-30 for the second annual Marietta Rainbow Festival.

The event exceeded all expectations, said Johnathon Murphy, general manager of the bar located just outside the perimeter, who placed attendance as high as 4,000.

There was a kids' zone where drag queens interacted and performed for young children and their families on Saturday evening as well as packed bar with a long line to enter to watch the drag show later on Saturday night. A vendor space included local businesses as well as booths from Georgia Equality and AID Atlanta.

More than 75 artists performed over the weekend event and tentative plans for next year include possibly making the event a three-day festival including a parade.

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Marietta’s first Gay Pride event a success, say organizers

Brent Starr and Johnathan Murphy at Marietta Pride

Hundreds of people packed into the plaza where the new LeBuzz is located for the very first Marietta Rainbow Festival — a celebration of gay Pride in Cobb County where county officials once declared being gay was considered incompatible with community standards.

“We’re having a really good time. We’re really pleased with support from the gay community and the straight community,” said Johnathan Murphy, the president and managing partner of LeBuzz who also heads up the North Georgia Rainbow Coalition, which organized the first Marietta Rainbow Festival on July 24.