Last year, Pride moved from its relatively sequestered location in Centennial Park to Riverfront Park, where it is now, spectacularly, in plain view of every weekend tourist setting foot on Lower Broadway. Studded with booths representing gay-friendly businesses/organizations and populated by both scenesters and domestic types, Nashville Pride also serves as a vital reminder to those in our community that we are not, by any means, alone. Above all, Pride is an awesome spectacle to be enjoyed by gay and straight folk alike. Drag shows! Dunk tank! Beer tent! Couples with dogs! This year’s festival also features main stage musical performances from both community luminaries (Megan McCormick) and allies (Space Capone, Vanessa Carlton). Though Bianca Paige will be tragically absent — see the article on p. TK commemorating the beloved Nashville drag performer’s recent death — there will be many “cock-tails” to be had in her honor as we celebrate not only those whom we have lost, but the people we are free to be and to love. I’ll toast to that. Admission is $5.