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|Atlanta Pride rolls out schedule for Stonewall Celebration in June|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|April 14, 2011 14:28|
Atlanta Pride today announced the schedule for the annual Stonewall Celebration that kicks off with the wildly popular East Point Possums Show on June 18 and wraps up with a movie viewing of “March On!” on June 26.
Other highlights of the Stonewall Celebration include StoryCorps “Out & OutLoud” event on June 22 celebrating LGBT stories and hosted by WABE’s John Lemly as well as the 7th Annual Evening for Equality presented by Georgia Equality on June 23.
After Atlanta Pride was held in Piedmont Park for most of its 40-year history, Pride was forced to move in 2008 when city officials booted large festivals from the park due to a massive drought.
Held over July Fourth weekend at the Civic Center, Pride attendance and finances suffered. The festival moved back to Piedmont Park for 2009, but over Halloween, to get around city policies that limited festivals in the summer season. Last year, for its 40th anniversary, Pride was held again in October to coincide with National Coming Out Day and the Atlanta Pride Committee made plans to keep the festival in October but to also hold celebrations in June to coincide with the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that kicked off the modern day LGBT equality movement.
The full schedule:
Saturday, June 18
Wednesday, June 22
Thursday, June 23
Friday, June 24
Saturday, June 25
Official Stonewall Celebration Party
Sunday, June 26
These events are subject to change and additional events may be added. Visit www.atlantapride.org for updates.
Top photo: The East Point Possums Show attracts hundreds of people to downtown East Point for an amazing drag show that kicks of this year's Stonewall Celebration. (by Dyana Bagby)
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