2019 Parade Marshals


Grand Marshal


Del Shores is the writer/director/producer of the films Sordid Lives, Blues for Willadean, Southern Baptist Sissies and A Very Sordid Wedding. He wrote and executive produced the MGM feature Daddy’s Dyin’...Who’s Got The Will? He has written seven plays, all published by Samuel French, produced thousands of times worldwide, four adapted for screen. In television, Del wrote, directed, executive produced and created the LOGO series, Sordid Lives: The Series. He also wrote and executive produced Showtime’s groundbreaking Queer As Folk for the last three seasons, wrote and produced for Dharma & Greg and Ned & Stacey. He has directed Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer; Grammy Award winner Olivia Newton-John; Emmy winners/nominees Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Leslie Jordan, Bonnie Bedelia, Bobbie Eakes, Patrika Darbo and Rue McClanahan; Spirit Award winner Dale Dickey; Screen Actor’s Guild Award-winner Beth Grant; as well as Caroline Rhea, Debby Holiday and David Steen. As a performer, Shores has performed in hundreds of standup gigs and just completed a 2018 national tour with his new critically acclaimed and award-winning one-man play Six Characters In Search Of A Play directed by Emerson Collins, which was filmed in 2019 at The Celebration Theatre live for upcoming film festivals and DVD/streaming release. He is standup show Del Shores The Sh*t Stirrer is currently on tour.

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Co-Grand Marshal


Chip Barry is the Deputy Chief of Operations for the City of Knoxville. Mayor Madeline Rogero appointed Mr. Barry as the first LGBT Liaison to the Mayor in 2016. After working for Mayor Rogero since she took office in 2010 and advising her on issues impacting the LGBT community, the position was created to serve as a resource to make Knoxville more inclusive. As LGBT Liaison to the Mayor, Chip has worked closely with organizations like Knox Pride, Tennessee Equality Project, Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus, and Human Rights Campaign as an advocate for LGBT rights. For more information about LGBT Equality in Knoxville, please visit the Mayor’s Office page at www.knoxilletn.gov .