Atlanta Black Pride Weekend is back, and thousands of people will flock to the city on Labor Day weekend to celebrate Atlanta’s African-American LGBTQ community. ABPW is now one of the largest pride celebrations for African-Americans in the world, drawing in 10,000 people into the city during already-crowded Labor Day festivities. Black Pride is celebrated shortly before National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11 and has been a staple event for Atlanta’s LGBTQ community for more than two decades. From day parties to hair shows, there is something for all ages to enjoy, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is providing its top picks of Atlanta Black Pride events. Here is a shortlist of things to do during Black Pride Weekend.
Roll into Black Pride weekend on a pair of skates during one of the kick-off celebrations. Cocktails, food and a live DJ will be in the building to keep the good vibes flowing at Atlanta’s Metro Fun Center. Roller skate rental is free.
9 p.m.-1 a.m. Aug. 28. $10. 1959 Metropolitan Parkway SW, Atlanta. Text “SKATEBOYZ” to 788-94 for more information.
Laugh out loud at comedians Nema Williams and Atlanta-based Sweet Baby Kita at the annual Black Pride comedy show. Miss Sophia, formerly of Atlanta’s V-103, will host the show; it’s one of the featured events at the host hotel, the Georgian Terrace.
7-10 p.m. Aug. 29. Georgian Terrace Hotel, 659 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. atlantaprideweekend.com/female/female-events
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For 13 years TRAXX Girls, founded by Melissa Scott, has sponsored parties for LGBTQ women around Atlanta. There are block parties, day parties and a few brunches that will cater specifically to the women during ABPW.
10 p.m.-3 a.m., Aug. 30. 30 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd. NW, Atlanta.
Dance teams from around the country battle it out for a chance to win $1,000 and be crowned the Flashback Buck Down champions. Meet Me On Da Floor, a nonprofit that sponsors adult majorette competitions and workshops, has hosted and sponsored this event for 10 years. This dance competition is located at Bessie Branham Park and will be full of adult majorettes who are ready to flip, dip and twirl their way to the grand prize.
6-10 p.m. Aug. 31. $10. Bessie Branham Park 2051 Delano Drive NE, Atlanta.
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This event at Piedmont Park attracts the largest and most diverse crowd during Atlanta Black Pride Week. Some of the featured performers include R&B singer Tweet, who is best known for 2002 hit “Oops (Oh My),” and an appearance from Angelica Ross formerly of the TV series “Pose.” There is also a hair show and a J-Sette competition. Awards will also be given to honor trailblazers and icons in the LGBTQ community, such as celebrity hairstylist Tokyo Stylez.
12-8 p.m. Sept. 1. Free. 400 Park Drive NE, Atlanta. pureheatcommunityfestival.com/home/
Rock Star Productions, JT events, and M.Y. ATL Productions are hosting several nightlife events at the legendary Marquette nightclub, Mansion Elan, Compound Atlanta and other notable nightclubs around Atlanta. Pride passes are still available for purchase.
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