Mid-South Gay Pride Parade This Weekend

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Mid-South Pride celebrates "Decades of Pride" this year with a nostalgic theme honoring the LGBT equality movement through the ages. The annual parade kicks off at Fourth & Beale at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 12th.

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The festival, which features live music, vendors, nonprofit booths, concessions, and other attractions, will take place in Robert R. Church Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The entertainment lineup includes CoCo Montrese, JC Jones, Brody Ray, She-and-She, and Charlie Hawks.

New this year is "Roasting on the River," a barbecue contest with cash prizes for the best pork shoulder, pork ribs, and people's choice. The contest runs from Friday, October 11th to Saturday, October 12th in Robert R. Church Park.

Also new this year are VIP access tickets. Entrance to the parade and festival are free to the general public, but for $50, guests can have VIP status, which includes two top-shelf drinks from the Pumping Station, food and liquor (including a signature Mid-South Pride cocktail) in a private parade viewing area, and a goodie bag.

For more information on Mid-South Pride, the barbecue contest, or to purchase VIP tickets, go here.

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