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Gay agenda: Atlanta Pride 2011



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Saturday, Oct. 8

Marketplace @ Piedmont Park
Spend the day cruising 200 vendors (and cruising other things as well) in the largest expo of its kind in the Southeast. Vendors include travel agencies with giveaways, LGBT-owned business and local nonprofits, plus the kettle corn is to die for. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. throughout weekend.

Voter registration @ Charles Allen Gate in Piedmont Park
Register to vote with Georgia Equality so you can support LGBT issues like hate-crime legislation and employment non-discrimination. noon–5 p.m. throughout weekend

Literary Showcase @ Bud Light Stage in Piedmont Park
Gayz kan rede? Local writer and poets read work and sign books. noon–2 p.m.

Atlanta Bucks vs. St. Louis Crusaders @ Coan Middle School
Mmm gay rugby. 'Nuff said. 1-3 p.m. 1550 Hosea L. Williams Dr. www.atlantabucksrugby.org

Trans March, Dyke March and Dance Party @ 12th St. Gate in Piedmont Park
Putting the T in LGBT, trans people and allies march for visibility at 1:45 p.m. Lesbians have a pre-march crafting session (think sashes, ironic mustaches and clever signs) at 3 p.m. before marching at 6:15. Then DJ Speakerfoxxx spins at the Bud Light Stage from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. for the Post-Dyke March Dance Party.

Wynter Gordon and Deborah Cox @ Coca-Cola Stage in Piedmont Park
Gordon ("Dirty Talk") breaks out dance-floor bangers at 7:55 p.m., followed by the R&B anthems of Cox ("Nobody's Supposed to Be Here") at 8:35 p.m.

Peach Mega Dance Party @ Center Stage/The Loft
It's ladies who love ladies night as Curve magazine presents DJ Lisa Pittman and two dance floors. $15-$20 at door. 9 p.m.–2 a.m. 1374 West Peachtree St. 404-885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com

Glitter Done! @ Mary's
Get out of Midtown and dress in your "glitteriest" for the free dance party in East Atlanta. DJ Ree De La Vega and DJ Fluff spin, the Atlanta Queer Cabaret Show performs, and fashionisto Tomik Dash hosts. Upstairs the loft will be blacked-out for sexy times, and a winner will be crowned in the Glitter Bombshell Contest downstairs. End the night with some meat in your mouth – head over to gay-owned Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand for a midnight snack. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. 1287 Glenwood Ave. 404-624-4411. www.marysatlanta.com.

Fruits of the Loom Underwear Party @ Primal
Bedlam presents an arty and sleazy party (both in the best way) with DJ Shane V spinning. 9 p.m.–4 a.m. 960 Spring St. www.facebook.com/BedlamPresents.

Sunday, Oct. 9

Pride Parade @ Peachtree and 10th streets
It's what you've all been waiting for: tens of thousands of spectators line the streets in Midtown to celebrate the largest parade in Atlanta. If you're willing to fight for a place, the corner of 10th and Piedmont is party central. HRC will host a Pride brunch at 5 Napkin Burger for prime parade watching, and DJ Richard Jones will be spinning outside Outwrite. DJ Vicki Powell plays at the Livingston at the beginning of the parade, which starts at 1 p.m. For the full route, www.atlantapride.org/parade.

God-Des & She and Ari Gold @ Coca-Cola Stage in Piedmont Park
The hip-hop soul duo first caught national attention when they appeared on "The L Word." Their political message is only outshone by She's soulful voice when they take the stage at 5:30 p.m. The Orthodox Jewish-raised Ari Gold follows at 6:15 p.m. with sexy but personal dance numbers.

Starlight Cabaret @ Coca-Cola Stage in Piedmont Park
Get the rare chance to see drag queens in daylight in this end of Pride tradition. 7–9 p.m.

Pride @ Sister Louisa's Church
It's everyone's favorite DJ's birthday! Celebrate Vicki Powell's day of birth and the end of Pride at this gay-owned but straight-inclusive Old Fourth Ward ping-pong bar. 7-11:30 p.m. 466 Edgewood Ave.

Official Closing Party @ Opera
For the GTL gays and lesbians in Atlanta, close out Pride with DJs Chus + Ceballos. DJ Scorpio opens. $20. 8 p.m.-3 a.m. 1150 Peachtree St. 404-872-1150. www.operaatlanta.com

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