Pride Guide

Augusta, GA Pride—June 19, 2010

By: Michael Matson
6.16.2010

Augusta, Georgia's second oldest city, has never had an official Pride celebration before. So a group of organizers decided that they couldn't leave the LGBT community that way, and put together a parade and festival headlined by legendary Grammy-winner, Thelma Houston (left). The one day event is free to all, but there's also a special VIP package that includes complimentary drinks and special seating for Houston's performance, as well as, the performance by American Idol semi-finalist Frenchie Davis. We've got more details below, including a list of local bars, restaurants, and hotels.

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SATURDAY

Augusta Pride Parade
Pride
 
10:30 AM
Come join the first ever Augusta Pride parade that takes place on Broad Street from 10th St to 6th St. Assembly begins at 8:30 AM.
10th St and Jones St

Augusta Commons Pride Festival
 
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
The festival is free to all and includes a shaded area, vendors, a performance of Hedwig an the Angry Inch, and headliners Thelma Houston and Frenchie Davis. A VIP pass is also available for $75, which includes access to a private shaded pavilion, complimentary drinks, special seating for the live performances, and “exclusive access” to Houston and Davis. Click here for VIP ticket info.
Between 8th St and 9th St off of Broad St

Pride Night Dance Party at Club Argos
 
9:00 PM – 2:30 AM
Club Argos is hosting Pride Night. Come sweat it out on the dance floor and enjoy your first drink for free. All proceeds from the $3 cover go to Augusta Pride. See BARS for more venue info.

BARS
 
Club Argos
1923 Walton Way
Augusta, GA 30904
706-481-8829
High-energy, predominately gay nightclub with Karaoke and drag shows.
 
FillingStationThe Filling Station
1258 Gordon Hwy
Augusta, CA 30901
706-828-7400
Catering mostly to bears and leather men, the Filling Station has Friday night Karaoke.
 
Le Chat Noir
304 8th St
Augusta, GA 30901
706-722-3322
Theater and cocktail lounge.
 

RESTAURANTS
 
1102 Downtown Bar & Grill
1102 Broad St
Augusta, GA 30901
706-364-4075
This lively restaurant is a perfect place to eat out.
 
Casa Blanca Café
ClasaBlancaCafe
936 Broad St
Augusta, GA 30901
706-504-3431
Delightful lunches, Sunday brunch, and a wine bar make this little café a treasure.
 
HOTELS
 
Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites
Two Tenth Street
Augusta, GA 30901
706-722-8900
Official Hotel of Pride. Located in the heart of the downtown business district on the banks of the Savannah River.
 
Holiday Inn Augusta
2155 Gordon Hwy
Augusta, GA 30909
706-737-2300
The newly remodeled hotel has a pool, fitness center, and offers complimentary airport shuttle.
 
Parliment Parliament Resort
1250 Gordon Highway
Augusta, GA 30901
706-722-1155
Well-known members-only resort for gay men. Allows nude sunbathing and has a very cruisy atmosphere.

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