Atlanta Pride Festival returning to Piedmont Park


The Atlanta Pride Festival is returning to Piedmont Park.

The gay pride festival will be held in the fall rather than its usual time in late June. City officials and festival organizers said Monday the festival is now scheduled for Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

The festival was last held in Piedmont Park in June 2007.

Last year Pride organizers held the festival at Atlanta's civic center and said crowds and revenues were down from past years when the festival was held in the park.

Atlanta has been reluctant to allow many large events in Piedmont Park since late 2007 when state officials announced drought restrictions. Atlanta officials have said they were worried it will take longer for the park's grass to recover from major events during the drought.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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