Savannah Pride will be celebrating its 20th year with it’s biggest celebration ever and includes its first ever parade.

“It’s really exciting but there’s a lot of pressure and duty due to this one being the biggest one yet,” Savannah Pride board member Jesse Hall said.

 

On Thursday Oct. 24, Savannah Pride kicks off its 20th celebration with the MasQueerade Ball. Returning for a second time, Jason Rodriquez from the hit show ‘Pose’ will be hosting the ball at the Starland Yard.

“The ball is a great way to educate folks and bring the community together,” Hall said. “We are always striving for diversity and to celebrate the impact of queer and transgender people of color to this community.”

On Friday Oct. 25, the first ever Savannah Pride Parade and costume contest will begin at 8 p.m. in downtown Savannah. Beginning on Indian and River street, the parade will march down to Broad street before making its way to Ellis Square.

Mark Tate of Tate Law Group will serve as the Grand Marshall and Jaidynn Diore of Rupaul’s Drag Race will be the Special Parade Marshall.

Saturday Oct. 26 is jam packed with the Pawrade Fundraiser, the Savannah Pride Festival, seminars and workshops, and closes out with the official pride after party at the Rogue Water Tap House.

“There are going to be multiple events and anyone downtown will be able to walk in and walk out.” Hall said.

Hall said inclusion and diversity have been huge goals for Savannah Pride and this year Georgia Southern University and Savannah State University's Gay Straight Alliance will have booths at the festival.

“We have a place and now you are welcome into our space and not the other way around,” Hall said. “Rain or moonshine, the show will go on!”