Questions Regarding the Virtual Festival

We regret to announce that we will not be able to hold the 2020 Pride Festival in person, due to the ongoing pandemic. However, we have decided to hold the Festival celebration virtually in October, centered around our scheduled dates.

The health and well-being of our community is always our top priority, especially for the most marginalized in our community including queer and transgender folks, LGBTQ+ elders, those living with HIV, cancer or who are immunodeficient that are at an increased risk. This was the main factor in our decision.

Our first priority during this crisis is to take care of the APC members we serve. By moving the Atlanta Pride Festival online, we will ensure that LGBTQ+ people can still experience the joy and togetherness of our Annual Pride Festival and we hope to welcome new people to take part wherever they are.

We will plan a variety of virtual events throughout the year to keep our community engaged. The Atlanta Pride celebration is our biggest annual event, but we are more than any single moment. Our ongoing purpose is to advance unity, visibility and self-esteem among our community, and we'll continue to do that through virtual programming and other actions as appropriate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Was a smaller live event with social distancing considered?

We considered many options, but the health and wellbeing of our community is always our top priority, especially for those who are most at risk. This was the main factor in our decision. Also, a smaller event would have reduced participation, which runs counter to our mission

Will this 'virtual'festival still be the 50th Anniversary celebration?

Yes. Our virtual celebration this fall will help us to celebrate 50 years of Atlanta Pride and hopefully draw new people from around the country. It may not be our 50th live gathering, but it is still a huge milestone to celebrate the progress we've made and the good work we've done together.

Was postponing the Festival to a time when we could physically gather considered?

Yes, it was. Remember that three months ago, we were hoping that work and life would be "back to normal." Now we have a "new normal" mentality, and there is too much uncertainty to plan a live event of our size, taking into account the need for permits, security, safety measures, etc.

How will the Festival be held 'virtually'?

At this time, we are in the early planning stages. We have been following what a number of other Pride organizations have done in late June and will be in touch with a number of them for input on how their events went and develop best practices.

How will this impact the future of APC?

The Atlanta Pride celebration is our biggest annual event, but the future of APC is not contingent on any single moment. Our ongoing purpose is to advance unity, visibility and self-esteem among our community. That's where we will stay focused, regardless of the form our programming takes.

Will there still be Grand Mashals for the event, even though it is virtual?

Absolutely! Our members have already chosen the Grand Marshall, and we'll be announcing that news soon.

How many people traditionally attend the Atlanta Pride Festival?

More than 350,000 people have come to Atlanta to participate in the Pride Festival.

How many entertainers do you traditionally have for the Pride festival?

We have two full days of programming across three stages, plus other stand-alone programs. Like Artist Market, AIDS Quilt viewing, marches and children's programming. We hope to retain virtual representations of most of these.

How much will the Virtual Festival cost?

We are in the early planning stages, so we're not able to provide those details at this time. However, we are developing multiple options across many budget ranges.

Why is the Atlanta Pride Festival in October instead of June?

Atlanta Pride began in June as a commemoration of the Stonewall Uprisings. Several years ago, Atlanta Pride moved from its traditional date due to park and drought regulations in Atlanta. We have since established our home as the country's largest National Coming Out Day observance, and we also produce a full month of Stonewall Month events in June.