Chattanooga Pride Parade & Festival begins Sunday, Oct. 6

Tennessee Valley Pride is holding its annual Chattanooga Pride Parade & Festival this Sunday, October 6, and events are already underway around town. (Image: Ludovic Bertron / CC BY 2.0)

Tennessee Valley Pride is holding its annual Chattanooga Pride Parade & Festival this Sunday, October 6, and events are already underway around town.

"It's an event full of love, acceptance, and affirmation that we, LGBTQ+ people, are human beings who deserve equality and the chance to live a happy life,” says Myke Kelly, Chattanooga Pride coordinator and Tennessee Valley Pride Executive Board Member.

The annual parade begins at 11:30am on the corner of 6th and Market Street. Organizers say festival-goers can line up between there and Ross’s Landing. The Pride Festival at Ross’s Landing goes from 1-8pm, featuring live music, a drag show, food & drinks, a market showcasing 60+ vendors, and a children’s activity area.

Several other events are going on in the days leading up to the festival, including:

  • Oct. 3 — B. Slade at Bessie Smith Cultural Center
  • Oct. 3 — Rainbow Cloud Weaving 101 at Chattanooga WorkSpace
  • Oct. 4 — 1st Annual Youth Drag Race at The Palace Theater
  • Oct. 4 — Pints for Pride w/ Diskin Cider at Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint Nooga
  • Oct. 5 — Chattanooga Pride Drag Brunch at The Palace Theater
  • Oct. 5 — Infinity Flux Gaming Event at Infinity Flux

"I love my community," said Kelly, "I have watched this event grow over the last 13+ years, and I am proud of what it has become today."

"For some, this event is the only time they feel safe and happy being who they are, being out.”

Chattanooga Pride is sponsored by Cempa Community Care, UNUM, Beginning Point Surveys, TVA, Amazon, Baker Donelson, and TMobile.

Parade registration is open until October 4th.

You can volunteer and learn more about the events on the Chattanooga Pride website, or on Tennessee Valley Pride's Facebook page.






Tennessee Valley Pride, a local non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ+ people in Chattanooga and the surrounding area, will hold its annual Chattanooga Pride Parade & Festival on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

“I love my community,” said Myke Kelly, Chattanooga Pride Coordinator. “I have watched this event grow over the last 13+ years, and I am proud of what it has become today. For some, this event is the only time they feel safe and happy being who they are, being out.”

The annual parade begins at 11:30am on the corner of 6th and Market Street. Festival-goers can line up between there and Ross’s Landing.

The Pride Festival at Ross’s Landing goes from 1-8pm, featuring live music, a drag show, food & drinks, a market showcasing 60+ vendors, and a children’s activity area.

“It’s an event full of love, acceptance, and affirmation that we, LGBTQ+ people, are human beings who deserve equality and the chance to live a happy life,” said Kelly.

Chattanooga Pride would like to thank our sponsors Cempa Community Care, UNUM, Beginning Point Surveys, TVA, Amazon, Baker Donelson, and TMobile.

For more information, visit chattanoogapride.com or www.facebook.com/TennesseeValleyPride/.

Other partners include: Bitter Alibi, The Fix, Chattanooga Presents, Chattanooga Moms for Social Justice, Dipped Fresh, Infinity Flux, Nooga Diversity Center, The Dwell Hotel and The Palace Theater

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