Are you ready to get your Pride on? Well, there's plenty of events in addition to the live entertainment during the Oct. 8-9 festival at Piedmont Park to choose from, including a revitalized Dyke March, shuttle service from the park to Congregation Bet Haverim's Yom Kippur services as well as a car and motorcycle show.
Here's the lineup:
In the park all weekend:
Pride Human Rights Exhibit
10 a.m.-7 p.m., on the bridge over the lake
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Pride Human Rights Exhibit and this year the exhibit focuses on health related issues facing the LGBT community, including the 30th anniversary of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
The Pride Marketplace
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
With over 200 vendor booths, the Pride Marketplace is the largest expo of its kind in the Southeast.
The Community Health Expo
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Located in the blue section of the marketplace
Community health and service organizations are gathered in one central location in the vendor area of the park. HIV tests, hepatitis vaccines, information on preventing breast cancer, and general information on staying healthy will be provided by several organizations.
Georgia Equality's voter registration booth
Noon to 5 p.m. at the Charles Allen Gate
Georgia Equality volunteers will be on hand to help people register to vote.
Saturday, Oct. 8
Yom Kippur Services with Congregation Bet Haverim at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 LaVista Rd. NE, Atlanta
Join Congregation Bet Haverim for High Holy Day services throughout the day. Out of town guests are welcome. There is no charge for services, but donations are accepted. For questions, call CBH at 404-315-6446
• Children’s Services: 6 and under – 10:15 a.m., ages 7-8 – 11 a.m., ages 9-10 – 11:45am
• Shacharit (morning service) — 10 a.m.
• Avodah (meditation service)/Avodah (learning session) — 3 p.m.
• Yizkor (memorial service) - 4:30 p.m.
• Ne’ilah (concluding service) - 6 p.m.
• Break Fast (Dairy/Vegetarian covered dish break-the-fast) — 7:20 p.m.
Shuttle Services are provided to and from St. Bartholomew’s from the 14th Street Gate in Piedmont Park. Free shuttle service begins at 2:30 p.m. and runs through 10:30 p.m.
Children’s Show is from 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Piedmont Park Pavilion – Bud Light Stage. An all-ages event featuring children’s entertainers and a chance to meet other LGBTQ parents. Free water will be provided.
The Atlanta Pride Car and Motorcycle Show presented by Lambda Car Club & The Lost Boys Motorcycle Club
10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the roadway inside Piedmont Park between 12th & 14th Street Gates. Owners will be on hand to discuss their vehicles.
Atlanta Pride Literary Showcase
Noon – 2 p.m. at the Piedmont Park Pavilion (Bud Light Stage)
This is Atlanta Pride’s eighth annual literary showcase. The event highlights the works of local writers and poets. Authors will also be available to sign books during the showcase.
Assembly at 1:15 p.m., steps off at 1:45 p.m.
In front of Hospitality Center (Located near the 12th Street gate)
This march "celebrates and promotes visibility of the transgender community" and takes place within the festival grounds. all trans people and trans allies are welcome to participate.
Dyke March Pre-Party Social & Crafting Get Down
3 p.m.-5:15 p.m. at the Dock (Located near the 12th Street Gate)
Snacks, music for dancing, and socializing. Participants are invited to craft pasties, make signs to carry, sashes, or "anything that will make you stand out from the crowd."
Dyke March, assembly at 5:45 p.m., steps off at 6:15 p.m. at the Charles Allen Gate
The march is open to all women loving women (trans-inclusive) of any race, culture, orientation, ability, health, socioeconomic level, family structure, faith or age.
Post-Dyke March Dance Party from 6:45 p.m.-9 p.m. at The Bud Light Stage with DJ Speakerfoxx providing the beats.
Sunday, October 9
The Annual Atlanta Pride Parade sponsored by Delta Air Lines
Kicks off at 1 p.m.
The largest parade in the City of Atlanta attracts tens of thousands of spectators each year as Atlanta Pride takes it to the streets of Midtown.
The Starlight Cabaret
7:05 p.m.-9 p.m. Coca-Cola Stage
The grand finale of Atlanta Pride is always a hit with participants with dozens of drag entertainers bringing their best and campiest to the stage.
Official Atlanta Pride parties
While there will be plenty of Pride parties taking place throughout the city, Atlanta Pride has teamed up party promoters to offer up official Atlanta Pride parties.
On Saturday, Oct. 8, Atlanta Pride teams up with Curve Magazine to present the "Official Atlanta Pride Women's Party Peach Mega Dance Party"
9 p.m.-2 a.m., 18 and over
Center Stage/The Loft
1374 West Peachtree St.
There will be two dance floors, special guest DJ Lisa Pittman and "thousands of women from all across the country."
$15 advance/$20 door if available
Official Atlanta Pride Closing Party produced by Chris Coleman
9:30 p.m.-3 a.m., 21 and over
Opera Night Club
1150 Crescent Ave. NE
There will be three levels for dancing, an outdoor terrace and VIP service with DJ’s Chus + Ceballos spinning the beats. DJ Scorpio will provide an opening set.
Advance tickets will be offered at at Simply Sun Tanning for $15 before October 1st, $20 after.
Photo: Atlanta Pride volunteers carry the large rainbow flag through the streets of the city during last year's parade. (File photo)