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|Pride Expo combines gay business, wedding vendors|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|April 13, 2012 00:00|
The Atlanta Pride Expo promises more than 100 exhibitions as well as live music and entertainment during its two-day run at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart, set for April 21-22.
“The Rainbow Wedding Network is doing their event with us and Carma Productions is also joining us to help people locate gay-owned and gay-friendly local businesses,” says Ray McCreay, vice president of Expo Inc., which is organizing the event.
The event will include national and local exhibitors and a lineup of 15 entertainers during the two-day expo, he says. Price to enter the expo is $10 for regular admission if you buy online and $15 at the door. For VIP passes, which include an after-party on April 21 at My Sister’s Room in East Atlanta, the cost of a ticket is $25 in advance or $40 at the door.
Portions of the ticket sales will go to non-profits including For the Kid in All of Us, the Atlanta Opera, the Shirt Off My Back Campaign and OutServe, a national organization for openly gay members of the military, McCreay says.
Expo Inc. is also partnering with Instinct magazine, a national gay men’s lifestyle and entertainment magazine.
“This is like a boat show or a home show, a trade show, where we highlight gay and gay-friendly businesses and organizations,” McCreay says.
The expo is advertised as “Atlanta’s Lifestyle and Entertainment Event” and will include host and performer Barry Brandon.
Expo Inc. is ambitiously expecting a crowd of more than 7,000 over the two-day event. Exhibitors range from Wolf Cuff to Delta Air Lines to insurance companies.
Top photo: Atlanta entertainer Barry Brandon will host and perform at the Atlanta Pride Expo. (Publicity photo)
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