The 12th annual Mid-South Pride
festival and parade is happening a little early this year.
In the recent past, Mid-South Pride was held in October around National Coming Out Day. But this year's festivities are on Saturday, September 26th.
The festival kicks off in Robert Church Park at Fourth and Beale at 10 a.m. and runs to 5 p.m. And the parade will kick off on Beale at 5 p.m., also a later start time than in year's past.
This year's Pride theme is Love Equals Love, and the emcee is Phillis M. Lewis, a.k.a. FreakNasty, and Miss Gay Tennessee Bella DuBalle. The festival will feature vendors, a kid's area, a VIP area, and a car show presented by the Lambda Car Group.
Here's the entertainment stage lineup:
★ Thomas Prunier (Comedian)
★ Blackberry Wednesday (Performer Band)
★ Jerred Price as ‘Almost Elton’ (Performer Music)
★ Tori WhoDat (Performer Music)
★ Inner City South (Spoken Word)
★ ARTISTIK APPROACH (Performance Art/Music)
★ Q & A from Playhouse on the Square(Theater Performance)
★ Bridging Souls Productions (Dance)
★ Mary Robyn (Performer Music)
★ Miss Mid-South Pride
★ Mister Mid-South Pride
★ Miss Gay America
★ Miss Gay Tennessee – Bella DuBalle