After extensive consideration, The Atlanta Pride Committee has decided to cancel their 2021 Pride Celebration due to COVID-19 concerns. This decision was made due to the high increase of Delta Variant cases.
They stated in an Instagram post, “It is with a heavy heart we announce the cancellation of our in-person events this October 8-10, including our much-anticipated festival and parade. After a recent board meeting, the Atlanta Pride Committee came to a unanimous vote in support of canceling.”
They later shared the results of a survey they conducted with their attendees, vendors, and social media followers before canceling.
It showed that more than 40 percent of the collective stated that they were unsure about being in attendance because of COVID-19 concerns. 42 percent of their audience believed the Committee should resume large events when the CDC deemed it safe. 7.5 percent were completely comfortable with continuing Pride Events as they normally were. While 13 percent wanted to continue no matter the circumstances.
Being that the LGBTQ+ Community was “at the heart of what they do ” and the Committee’s biggest concern, there was no regret that this decision was in vain.
It has been emphasized for those that purchased VIP tickets, marketplace booths, or selected as a parade participant or sponsor to be looking out for an e-mail and notice within the next week but to remain patient as they assure they will assist everyone as quickly as they can.
Recorded cases of COVID-19 has continued to increase since July 1st and the City of Atlanta has maintained their moratorium on events for over 50,000 attendees.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend avoiding large events and gatherings while the Atlanta Pride Celebration has brought in over 350,000 people in recent years.
“With the knowledge that we are unable to secure permitting for an event of our size and with the expectation that the Delta surge will continue for weeks ahead, APC makes this decision with a heavy heart,” The Atlanta Pride Committee wrote in a press release.