Bonnaroo Pride parade

New to this year is Bonnaroo’s first pride parade. 

With just over two months left until Bonnaroo, the festival organizers released new plaza information for the June 13-16 festival.

Plaza Two, dubbed the Sanctuary of Self Love, was curated by Paramore’s Hayley Williams. The band’s lead singer centered the plaza’s barn around mental health.

“As we learn more about our mental health, we realize that it has a lot to do with how we treat ourselves as a whole being. Be it a spa day, an art project, or a new hairdo…make some time for yourself here at the Sanctuary Of Self Love,” according to the website.

The plaza will feature hair styling by the Good Dye Young, mini spa treatments, a glitter station and flower crowns. Activities include yoga and themed dance parties at night. Lucky guests could win a makeover and a meet and greet with Good Dye Young’s Brian O’Connor and Williams herself.

Where in the Woods is a new campground experience. Set in the eastern woods, get lost in a magical landscape of late night fun and a day-time escape. The woods is located southeast of Plaza two. It will feature activities and themes such as throwback Thursday, future Friday, beach vibes, rest and relaxation, and more.

 Returning to Plaza Three is House of Yes and Little Cinema. This plaza promises dance party madness, jaw-dropping circus acts, drag queens and interactive performances. This plaza will feature the festival’s first Bonnaroo pride parade.

“The festival has always provided a place of inclusiveness and innovation, though Bonnaroovians will now see the spirit manifest into a trail of radical expression in celebration of our right to exist,” according to a press release.

The idea of the parade came together in September 2018. According to talent buyer and campground experiences producer Sophie Lobl, Bonnaroo representatives have been wanting to curate something unique that stand outs out separately from the parades that traditionally take place during the festival. The idea came from Plaza Three’s House of Yes owner Kae Burke and Little Cinema founder Jay Rinsky.

The Times contacted Bonnaroo representatives Michael Eisele and Ken Weinstein, who were unable to clarify when the parade would be held and if it was a Plaza Three exclusive.

“We’re not putting out any detailed info until we're closer,” Eisele said.

Plaza Six, the festival’s home to art and exploration, is still under wraps. Details will be released closer to the festival.

Plaza Seven is home to the Ville, which was constructed for last year’s festival. Music City (Nashville) is coming back to the Farm in 2019 to share Tennessee’s best food, music and art. Plaza partners include Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp and local maker-space Fort Houston.

Plaza Nine is now New Orleans. Powered by entertainment collective FREEWATER, this plaza promises shade and relaxation during the day, and at night, anything is possible; ladies night, “twerk out” and secret performances from the festivals lineup are all on the docket. Organizers remind festival goers that “the wave is always free.”

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