Savannah Pride is shifting to a new moment this year, from its regular mid-September run to October 22, 2016, with various related events taking place throughout the weekend. It continues to become a major event, in keeping with the steady growth of the GLBT community in this charming and historic town on the Georgia coast.
Pride takes place in the heart of the city in beautiful Forsyth Park. The Savannah Pride Festival begins at 11 am on Saturday (October 22) and continues until 8 pm; Tickets are only $ 5. More than 6,000 people are expected to attend this community celebration, which will include drag performances, food vendors, craft stands, live music and much more.
In light of the death of Savannah’s most famous LGBT icon, Lady Chablis, who passed away in the summer of 2016, it’s safe to say that some of the Savannah Pride events this year will be particularly poignant (though certainly highly entertaining, in her honor), including the Pride After Party held at the gay bar that made her famous, Club One, at 10pm on Saturday, October 22. There are actually a number of Savannah Pride events during the days leading up to the festival, including a Pride party at Bar Food on Tuesday, October 18; the Savannah White Pride Party on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the stunning Jepson Center for the Arts (tickets are $ 25, and guests are encouraged, but not required to wear white); an LGBT fundraising lounge on Friday, October 21, at the hip and gay-friendly Savannah Andaz Hotel (also a great place to stay for Pride); a Pride party on River Street at 8 pm on the same Friday, October 21; and a cool-down pool party at the Andaz on Sunday afternoon, October 23.
You can view a complete list of Savannah Pride events here, where you will also find information on purchasing tickets for some of these related events.
If you’re traveling to the area, be sure to check out Savannah Pride’s LGBT travel page, which provides details on hotels and more on what to see and do in this friendly city.
Savannah Gay Resources
Visit the excellent GaySavannah.com website for more details. Also check out the Savannah Gay Guide and for general tourist information visit the excellent site produced by the city’s official tourism organization, the Savannah CVB.