Brisbane’s LGBTIQ community are all invited to pay their respects to community members who are no longer with us at the planting of the annual Memorial Garden.
The Memorial Garden was first launched in 2012, and each year has been a free event allowing the community to come together in remembrance.
“We will be planting out the gardens at the Sydney Street entrance to New Farm Park with seedlings to form a rainbow garden,” Brisbane Pride Festival president Deeje Hancock said.
“Each seedling represents the life of a loved one lost too soon – perhaps a partner, a friend, a love, a family member.
“If there is someone who has left a gap in your life by their exit, please come and join with other members of the community in this solemn and respectful representation of our missed loved ones.”
After the planting this weekend, the garden will grow over the next couple of months and bloom in the colours of the rainbow for the Pride Festival month of September.
“The planting ceremony will be followed by a simple sausage sizzle for those who wish to partake,” Hancock said.
“We also encourage community groups, families and friends to bring a picnic and enjoy the day with our community.
“Brisbane Pride would like to thank the Brisbane City Council for their support with this event.”
The planting will be held from 10:15am to 11:30am at New Farm Park this Saturday (July 21).
The Brisbane Pride Festival, now in its 27th year, is Queensland’s largest and Australia’s third largest LGBTIQ event, with more than 10,000 festival-goers attending a range of Pride events around Brisbane in the month of September each year.
This year’s festival will be officially launched on September 7, with a launch party on September 8.
The 2018 Brisbane Pride Festival rally, march and fair day will be held on Brunswick Street and at New Farm Park on Saturday, September 22.