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Thursday, Oct 28, 2021

Upcoming Macon Pride events to get excited for

The Rainbow Connection Committee committee strives toward ensuring conscious and empathetic communication between professors, student leaders and Mercer students within the LGBTQ+ community.
The Rainbow Connection Committee committee strives toward ensuring conscious and empathetic communication between professors, student leaders and Mercer students within the LGBTQ+ community.

Macon Pride celebrated its first Pride parade in almost 20 years in 2019. After pausing in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pride returns this year with a multi-day lineup of events. 

Macon Pride’s executive board includes President Scott Mitchell, owner of the Travis Jean Emporium downtown and recent founder of Macon’s LGBTQ Youth Group, as well as board member Jim Crisp, founding Artistic Director of Theatre Macon

“The purpose of Macon Pride is to advance unity, visibility and self-esteem among LGBTQIA+ persons and our allies and to promote a positive image in the Middle Georgia area through community activities and service,” Macon Pride’s website says.

To adapt to continuing COVID-19 precautions this year, Macon Pride will host events outdoors or split indoor events between time slots so that attendees can be more spread out. 

Here are the Macon Pride events coming up at the end of September.

Dress for Fun/Sing with Pride

WHAT: Mercer alumnus McKinley Starks and Yutoya Leon, co-show director of The Tribe Macon, Macon’s premiere drag show troupe, will pair to host a free outdoor cabaret. Theatrical dress is encouraged. 

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Third Street Park

COST: Free Admission

House Party

WHAT: Members of The Tribe Macon will collaborate with Season 13 contestant of “Rupaul's Drag Race,” LaLa Ri, and other Middle Georgia drag queens for a fun-filled night. 

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m.

WHERE: Hargray Capitol Theatre

COST: $15

Macon Pride Festival

WHAT: LGBTQ community members and allies are welcome to gather and celebrate in downtown Macon. DJ B3 will provide the beats while vendor booths distribute information and education. The North Central Health District will conduct confidential HIV testing and Women in Unity will administer COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone in need. 

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 25, noon - 5 p.m.

WHERE: Third Street Park

COST: Free Admission

Macon Pride Dance Party

WHAT: DJ B3 will host while JBA, Macon’s downtown music venue, supplies alcohol to dancing attendees. 

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

WHERE: Third Street Park

COST: Free Admission

Worship Service and Family Picnic

WHAT: End the week of celebrations peacefully at this multi-faith worship service featuring leaders from around Macon’s LGBTQ and faith communities. Chairs, coolers, tent and picnic foods are encouraged so that you can mingle and make friends during the following fellowship. 

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 26, noon - 3 p.m.

WHERE: Coleman Hill

COST: Free Admission


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