Virtual and community events celebrate despite canceled festivities

Atlanta Pride has canceled all in-person festivities for the second year in a row in response to a late summer increase in Delta COVID-19 variant cases, but there are still a handful of virtual and corporate events with plans to celebrate LGBTQ pride.

The three festival marches and the festival parade are complete, but it is still possible to listen to panels on health care and self-representation, support local artists online, listen to music at the Georgia Beer Garden and story time for a legendary drag queen.

Here are some of the events that take place throughout the month of October:

When: 11 a.m., October 9

Register online to participate in events throughout the day. Virtual attendees will learn, share stories, connect and dance during the AARP Gray Pride experience celebrating Atlanta Pride.

Registration is free and events run until 5 p.m.

When: noon to 5 p.m., October 9

Where: 420 Edgewood Avenue

Relax, dance, dance and try the craft beer. ABETTERBUZZ and Deep South are having a daytime music and market event at Georgia Beer Garden.

Featured music is by Tom Deblase, MarceauxMarceaux, Keenan Orr and Vicki Powel.

When: 3:30 p.m., October 3

VOX and AWW are organizing a digital art showcase for all media.

The works presented include painting, creative writing and music.

When: 2 p.m., October 9

Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker will host a Pride Story Hour for family and friends.

The event will be hosted on Facebook Live.

When: 4 p.m. October 10

The Atlanta Pride Committee and Compassionate Atlanta celebrate the pride of people who identify as LGBTQ with disabilities.

Register online for the virtual event.

When: noon, October 11

Where: Piedmont Park

Everyone is invited to celebrate Atlanta Pride and National Coming Out Day with POWERUP! All body types and experience levels are welcome. Yoga classes will start at 12:15 p.m.

When: 7 p.m. on October 12

Workshop facilitators discuss inequalities in health care for minorities. Workshop facilitators will provide information on several topics, including patient rights, accommodations for people with disabilities, and how to file a complaint.

Register for the online virtual event.

When: October 17-October 23

Atlanta Sport and Social Club will donate 5% of all Atlanta Pride Committee registrations.

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