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[Photos] Joining Hearts weekend takes over Atlanta

Joining Hearts pre-party at Heretic

Party-goers gathered at Heretic on Friday, July 20, 2012 to kick the weekend off with the Joining Hearts pre-party featuring DJ Joe Gauthreaux. $1 of everyone's cover went to Joining Hearts, a charity group that raises money for local HIV/AIDS organizations like Jerusalem House and AID Atlanta. Photos by Brent Corcoran / RNZ Photography

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Our top 25 photos of the year

In 2011, we uploaded more than 5,500 photos from dozens of parades, festivals, protests, press conferences and nightlife events. Here's our picks for the best photos of the year.

Players of the Knoxville Woodpeckers softball team put their cleats in with an empty cleat to honor a deceased teammate at the Big Peach Softball tournament hosted by the Hotlanta Softball League. (Photo by Dyana Bagby)

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2011 Atlanta Pride may be largest ever

2011 Atlanta Pride festival

As thousands packed Piedmont Park Oct. 9 for the second day of the Atlanta Pride Festival, Ashley Phillips and her partner, Lauren Phillips, relaxed with their two young daughters at a table in the “food court” section of the park.

The women, both age 28 and together for 10 years, have traveled from Hapeville, Ga., to the fest for the past six years.

“We enjoy being among others who accept how our family is,” said Ashley Phillips.

For their daughters, Zaria, 11, and Kieia, 6, Sunday’s parade was incredible fun. Asked a series of questions about what they liked about the parade — the floats, the flags, the people — the girls answered with a shy “yes” to each. Zaria, however, knew there was definitely one thing that stood out over everything else.

“All the candy,” she said, smiling and biting down on a red, chewy piece of her bounty.

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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