Nashville Pride sets theme for 2006 festival

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“Hope. Justice. Equality” has been selected as the theme for the 18th annual Nashville Pride Parade and Festival.

The theme was selected as part of a theme contest, which resulted in 65 entries. The winning theme of “Hope. Justice. Equality” was submitted by Kayce Matthews.

Matthews is a Nashville native who recently relocated back to the area from New Hampshire and Florida.

“I liked that theme because it really describes what we’re working for, as a community,” Matthews said.

The festival, scheduled for June 3, 2006, at Nashville’s Centennial Park, is expected to draw more than 12,000 people. The parade begins at Noon, with the festival running from 12:30 p.m. till 6:30 p.m.

The free event, features live entertainment, vendors, and food and drink. The VIP tent, featuring beer, cocktails, and music, will return for this year’s festival.

The parade and festival are the culmination of Pride Week, which will include a scavenger hunt, roller disco, P3 (Pride Pre-Party in the Park), Pride Pageant, Spirituality Night, and a host of other events, including several sponsored by the Tennessee Equality Project, the Human Rights Campaign, the Smoky Mountain Rodeo Association, and the Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce (NAPP).

“We are so excited to be back at Centennial Park for another year,” said Todd Grantham, Nashville Pride president. “Last year we recorded our largest crowd with about 12,000 people. We’re hoping to attract even more people this year, especially since we really need to get the word out about some of the anti-GLBT legislation coming up in Tennessee this year.”

Nashville Pride encourages all community members to attend the next Pride meetings, scheduled for Monday, March 13 and Monday, March 27, both at 6 p.m. at Tribe.

“We need volunteers to help plan and run Pride Week, the Parade, and the Festival,” said Jeanna Emert, vice president. “We also need input from the community on nominees for this year’s Grand Marshal and Community Service Award winner. Everyone is invited to join us at a meeting or email info@nashvillepride.org.”