Atlanta Pride announces theme for 2006 festival

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“The theme for this year was conceived by the Committee to reinforce the idea that being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered is something to be proud of 24/7—all year,” says Donna Narducci, executive director of Atlanta Pride. “We hope all Pride participants will take the strength, happiness and affirmation they get from attending the Pride weekend and make it a part of their lives all year.”

Artist David Taylor, who is the man behind the 2006 Pride celebration logo, says, “for me, ‘a la the words of one of my heroines, Bell Hooks (an internationally recognized African-American author, academic and activist), ‘the personal IS political.’ Everyday we can either choose to live a life that is unchained and free, or live with shame and fear. It is up to me to claim my space because anything given can be taken away. To embody ‘Pride 365’ is to live every day with an assured pride that you, as you are, are a valuable person.”

Festival hours are 6-11 p.m. Friday, June 23, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25. Admission to the Pride festival is free, but donations are encouraged through wandering volunteer donation collectors at the festival. The parade – which is always a highlight of the celebratory weekend – will kickoff at 1 p.m. Sunday from the MARTA Civic Center Station.

More than 320,000 people are expected to attend the 2006 Atlanta Pride celebration, resulting in a $25 million impact on Metro Atlanta.