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Marietta Pride celebration postponed to July

The Marietta Rainbow Festival, the second annual gay Pride celebration in the Atlanta suburb, has been postponed from this weekend until the end of July.

"The Marietta Rainbow Festival, our Marietta Pride celebration, has been changed to July 29th -30th due to a licensing issue," organizer Johnathon Murphy posted on his Facebook page this morning.

"Instead of being negative, we will take the extra time to make it that much bigger and better! We are still working hard to get LeBUZZ Marietta in its new location by this weekend," wrote Murphy, also owner of LeBuzz.

The Marietta festival is hosted by the North Georgia Rainbow Coalition and was set to take place indoors at LeBuzz, Marietta's sole gay bar. The club is moving to a new, larger home at 585 Franklin Road SE in Marietta, and the festival was to be held there and at Enigma, next door.

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Marietta Rainbow Festival returns June 25

Atlanta Pride doesn't take place until October, but at least three Georgia cities will host gay pride celebrations on the traditional last weekend in June. The Marietta Rainbow Festival is set for June 24-25, while Augusta Pride and East Side Pride take place June 25.

The Marietta festival is again hosted by the North Georgia Rainbow Coalition and takes place indoors at the New LeBuzz, Marietta's sole gay bar. The club has a new, larger home at 585 Franklin Road SE in Marietta, and the festival will be held there and at Enigma, next door.

Hours are 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday, June 24, and 1 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Saturday, June 25. Daytime events are family-friendly and open to everyone; events after 10 p.m. are aimed at adults ages 18 and over, according to Johnathon Murphy, a festival organizer and leader of LeBuzz.