Bay Pride March Boasts Spectacular Turnout

Bay Pride March

The controversy over the inaugural Bay Pride March prompted allies who ordinarily wouldn’t attend an LGBTIQA+ BB SG march to come out and show their support.

Thank you to the protesters for helping the Wynnum Fringe Festival  Bay Pride March achieve such a fabulous number!

We hope to see you back next year helping Bay Pride achieve another record attendance.

On Sunday, November 26, the Wynnum Fringe hosted the first-ever Pride event in Brisbane’s Bayside. This event testified to the Fringe’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity, fostering love and acceptance. It resonated in the Bayside community, reflecting global diversity.

The highlight of the Bay Pride event was undoubtedly the family-friendly Pride March. The peaceful procession began at noon, journeying from Wynnum Jetty to George Clayton Park. People of all ages celebrated love, equality, and diversity, honoring both past struggles and future hopes.

Bay Pride welcomed all with open arms, fostering an inclusive environment where people from different walks of life could walk side by side, basking in the warmth of acceptance. The event captured the spirit of a welcoming and modern community, encouraging everyone to express their pride in all the colours of the rainbow.

The protesters

The protesters chanted “God is great,” but maintained a peaceful presence throughout the event.

bay pride march
Protesters marching at Bay Pride: Image: QNews

Wynnum Fringe Garden

Reaching the Wynnum Fringe Garden, marchers were greeted with a vibrant array of LGBTQIA+ small business owners market stalls. The festivities continued with free outdoor performances, a dedicated Quandamooka First Nations Zone, outdoor bars, an array of food vendors, thrilling rides, and opportunities to purchase tickets for the diverse lineup of queer shows featured in the program.

Tony Tranter, Creative Director and BAY FM radio host was a passionate advocate for this historic celebration. He expressed his sentiments, saying, “The Bayside needs a pride event. There are many glorious Queer people and businesses in our community who deserve to be celebrated.

“Prepare to unite, celebrate, and embrace the vibrant diversity of Brisbane’s Bayside at Bay Pride – where love, acceptance, and creativity take center stage. Join us for a day of joy, inclusion, and community spirit that you won’t want to miss!” he urged.

QNews will publish more photos on the January magazine page.

Want to know more about Wynnum Fringe?

Bay Pride is a new rainbow celebration on Brisbane’s bayside.

Bay Pride at Wynnum Fringe next month
Images: Bay FM (front), Wynnum Fringe (back)

Drag Race trio headlining first Bay Pride in Wynnum.

Drag Race Down Under queens Gabriella LaBucci, Ivory Glaze and Faux Fur headlining Bay Pride
Images: Stan (centre, right), Ivory Glaze/Instagram (left), Wynnum Fringe (back)

Tom Oliver talks Wynnum Fringe 2022 – bigger and bolder than ever.

Tom Oliver organiser of Wynnum Fringe
Tom Oliver (left) and Wynnum Fringe show Velvet Rewired (right)

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  1. Shaun Mahon
    26 November 2023

    The protesters didn’t maintain a peaceful protest. As I approached the start of the pride walk, I was surrounded by them, and they hurled abuse and made threats. They yelled at me to F off and yelled that I would ‘get what was coming to me.’ I feared for my safety in the face of what was an angry mob of violent people. As I retreated to the safety of the pride crowd, the dykes on bikes put themselves between the angry mob and myself, and I am forever grateful for their help.

    • 27 November 2023

      We are sorry to hear about your experience. It’s important to report this incident to the relevant authorities.

      If you’re comfortable, sharing your experience with QNews could also raise awareness about these issues. Please give us a call on 07 3852 5933 or email

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