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PETA again puts pressure on Pride to relocate kick-off party


The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals is again urging Atlanta Pride to relocate its official kick-off party from the Georgia Aquarium, a place the radical organization described as a "a building that celebrates captivity."

But Atlanta Pride officials continue to rebut the radical animal rights organization's pleas and say there is "zero chance" the party will be moved.

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DJs Vicki Powell, Chris Griswold to spin Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party

The Atlanta Pride Committee today announced details for its upcoming Official Kickoff Party to be held at the Georgia Aquarium. The event, now in its 5th year, will be held Friday, Oct. 11, from 7-11:30 p.m. It will feature headliner DJ Vicki Powell spinning in the Atrium and DJ Chris Griswold in the Oceans Ballroom.

“Atlanta Pride is delighted to return to Georgia Aquarium for our fifth annual Official Kick-off Party,” APC Executive Director Buck Cooke said in a prepared statement. “As always, we are excited to see what our partners at Georgia Aquarium come up with in terms of ambiance and decoration for one of the most marvelous cocktail parties in Atlanta.”

Tickets for the event are $25 for general admission, $30 at the door and $80 for lounge tickets. Last year’s event sold out. Tickets are available here.

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Fashionista Tim Gunn calls out Atlanta Pride over aquarium party

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The Atlanta Pride Committee is again under fire for its Georgia Aquarium official kick-off event over concerns for the health of the marine animals there.

Tim Gunn, known for his role on TV's “Project Runway,” has written a letter to Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director Buck Cooke, urging Cooke and the Atlanta Pride Committee to change venues for the Oct. 11 Atlanta Pride Kick-off Party.

Gunn, writing on behalf of animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), called the event “disturbing” for the animals housed at the aquarium and called on the APC to find another venue. (See a full copy of the letter below.)

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2012 Atlanta Pride had ‘truly largest attendance’ say organizers


Atlanta Pride 2012 is in the history books and the date for next year's fest is already set — Oct. 12-13 — in Piedmont Park. Organizers say this year's event was a major success in all areas as planning begins for next year's LGBT celebration.

While the number of people who visited Piedmont Park for Atlanta Pride over the weekend of Oct. 13-14 is hard to measure, Atlanta Pride board chair Glen Paul Freedman says Saturday was its busiest day in years and overall turnout made this year the largest attended event ever.

"Saturday was our largest crowd in several years and Sunday showed to be one of our larger attendance over from last year," he said.

"No question that with all of the events throughout the weekend in and out of the park for Pride you could say this was truly the largest attendance and the great weather assisted with the massive turn out," he added.