The Little Five Points Halloween Parade invaded Little Five Points on Saturday. Thousands of costumed and non-costumed Atlantans lined the streets of one of the city's most eclectic neighborhoods as an hour-long parade of floats sponsored by local groups, businesses, and people rolled through L5P.
The annual parade celebrating the LGBT community marched its colors down Peachtree Street and into Piedmont Park on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
The annual public art event Flux Night returned to the Castleberry Hill Arts District on Saturday, October 5. The streets and empty spaces of the neighborhood were filled with projections, dance, performances, music, sound and light installations, parades, and thousands of people. Projections lit the space between buildings in an alley, a horse-drawn piano rolled by the crowds, DJs spun records in different areas, cannons blew smoke, audiences controlled light installations, and many other projects continued late into the night. The event ended at midnight, when a collaboration between Kebbi Williams and the Wolfpack made a flash attack and destroyed a Range Rover with sledge hammers and pickaxes to the sounds of drums, tubas, horns, saxophones, and a flute.
Music Midtown 2013 took place Friday and Saturday at Atlanta's Piedmont Park. 2 Chainz, Phoenix, Jane's Addiction, Weezer, Imagine Dragons, The Black Lips, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers were just some of the bands that graced the three stages. Despite the heavy rain on Saturday the festival sold out. It was an epic, soggy, beautiful weekend.
We doubt that you did everything this Labor Day weekend. Not that we don't believe in your abilities to multitask, but because, on Atlanta's annual Clusterfest weekend, it's physically impossible to be at all of these places at once. Maybe you caught Congressman John Lewis' keynote talk at the Decatur Book Festival and visited a workshop or two at Dragon Con, but then you probably missed the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game or the Black Gay Pride Festival. If you were at the Starlight Drive-In's Drive Invasion, you couldn't have made it to NASCAR's Advocare 500 or sampled the spicy chicken at the Atlanta Jerk Festival. And what about The Atlanta Weekender festival? Did you make it to that, too? Even we have trouble assembling enough reporters and photographers to cover all of this stuff, so don't feel so bad about missing out.
That said, we've tried to compile a gallery of photographs from throughout the weekend's events. Take a look and see everything that you missed.
The second annual National Collegiate Tailgating Championship took place in a parking lot on Ivan Allen Jr Boulevard just a ways from the Georgia Dome. This year bought out tailgate members who support the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, University of South Carolina, Texas A&M, the University of North Carolina, and the University of West Georgia. Each team/family entered in various categories to expose their love and support of their favorite college teams as well as for a chance to win prizes.
The NPC Georgia Body Building Figure - Bikini Championships were held in the Sydney J. Marcus Auditorium located in the Georgia World Congress Center on Saturday evening. A total of 138 male and female local participants, ranging in age from 17 to 73, showed off their toned and tanned bodies in hopes of making it to the national competition. A lingering scent of PAM non-stick cooking spray could be smelled throughout the lobby as contestants swiftly moved to their positions backstage.
The Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus performed their summer show, Singing out Proud; From ABBA to Gaga at Glenn Memorial Auditorium at Emory University. The summer show was held on the weekend of the 44th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The choir premiered selections from Andrew Lippa's I am Harvey Milk, an oratorio based on the life of Harvey Milk. The second act had audience members laughing and singing along as the choir performed songs that paid homage to the divas that wrote music to uplift them. "Y.M.C.A.," "Macho Man," "Like a Prayer," and "Born This Way" were sung that night along with many others. Immediately following the show, a group of distinguished individuals sat down to talk with audience members about the legacy of Harvey Milk and what Milk might say if he were still alive.
A mixture of anxiety, a sense of pride, and cold air could be felt underneath Center Stage as mixed martial arts competitors prepared for annihilation. On the opposite side one could smell chicken satay, a traditional Thai dish, as it grilled on a portable stovetop. Bangkok Fight Night, presented by Khunpon, a Muay Thai mix martial artist and head instructor at Bangkok Boxing, featured 10 fights. Audience members were able to see fighters with experience ranging from amateur to pro. Headliners George Hickman and Shane Crenshaw went head-to-head with Hickman winning.
Last Friday, the triangular plot of land on the corner of Auburn Avenue and Randolph Street in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward got a new name. The campaign for Marie Cowser Memorial Park culminated in a dedication ceremony that brought together family, friends, and people from all walks of life, just as the late community activist was remembered for doing in life.
Among those in attendance who could recall Marie Cowser's influence stood ceremony host and Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, who was encouraged to enter public life by Cowser. Others in attendance included Cowser's daughter Giovanni Daou, grandson River Daou, and sister Susan Cowser-Bailey.
In the spirit of Marie Cowser's leadership, it took an active coalition of citizen volunteers and community organizations to bring the project to fruition, including the partnership of Cowser's former employer, the nonprofit Historic District Development Coorporation (which donated the land for the park), the ongoing Year of Boulevard campaign led by Hall (which organized a community cleanup at the site), and Creative Loafing's Do Good fundraising campaign.
To see photos of the dedication ceremony, and the plaque that stands in testament to Marie Cowser's legacy of O4W preservation, click the link.
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