The city of Augusta’s 12th annual LGBTQ pride celebration, Augusta PRIDE, will be held June 24-25 at the Augusta Common.
Festivities begin with Beats on Broad, an outdoor concert hosted from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, June 24.
Daytime celebrations begin the next day on June 25, starting with the PRIDE Parade. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and will begin on Jones Street, march along Broad Street and end at the festival location, the Augusta Common. The festival begins promptly afterward at 11 a.m., and runs until 4 p.m.
Several Augusta University and AU-affiliated organizations will be present at PRIDE, including:
- The College of Nursing will have a tent at the PRIDE Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Volunteers from the college will give away drawstring bags and share information about the college’s programs and its Nurse-Managed Health Center.
- The Honors Program will be tabling from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the festival Saturday, June 25. Staff and student volunteers will hand out flyers and curriculum outlines, answer questions and give away swag items, including a custom Augusta University Honors Program pride pin.
- The Ryan White Program will be onsite Friday evening, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 with its outreach van to provide free HIV testing, condoms and informational materials about HIV and safe sex.
- The Equality Clinic of Augusta will participate in the parade at 10 a.m. and be onsite for tabling from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Volunteers will provide information about the clinic and a photo booth for visitors to use. Tank tops and tote bags will be available for purchase.
The Augusta PRIDE Celebration is hosted by Augusta Pride, Inc., a nonprofit organization that aims to boost visibility and pride of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally communities of the Central Savannah River Area.