Cairns Pride Festival returns with big celebrations this week


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Cairns Pride Festival has returned this month with the long-running event officially launching in Far North Queensland.

The 15th annual festival is the largest continuing celebration of LGBTIQ Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities across tropical far north Queensland.

This year’s Cairns Pride lineup features numerous parties and community events across the region.

On Friday (October 15), the Cairns Pride Art Exhibition is launching at Tanks Art Centre. The free exhibition showcases incredible works from talented community artists each day from October 15 to 23.

Then this weekend, Turtle Cove Beach Resort is also hosting a special Pride Festival party on Saturday (October 16).

The famed beachfront LGBTIQ adults-only resort is situated between Port Douglas and Cairns.

On Sunday, Cairns Pride Festival’s Fair Day will offer a day of culture, entertainment, art, food and more for family, friends and fur babies.

Entry to Fair Day is free from 10:30am at the Tanks Art Centre.

On October 23, party night Out! Cairns is celebrating their 13th birthday with a Halloween-themed Pride Festival closing party at The Benson Hotel.

Punters can wear their spookiest outfits and bring the festival to a close with music and special Halloween stage shows.

Cairns Pride Festival unveils rainbow pedestrian crossing

Last week, festival organisers joined local Councillor Amy Eden to unveil a rainbow pedestrian crossing to mark the start of Cairns Pride.

This year the crossing is located on the Esplanade, between Aplin Street and Shields Street.

Check out the full lineup of the 2021 Cairns Pride Festival at the Facebook page here.

Later this month, it will be Brisbane’s turn to celebrate. Brisbane Pride’s postponed Fair Day event will go ahead at New Farm Park on October 30.

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