Couples wanted for sky-high marriage proposals at Gold Coast Pride Festival

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Photos: Faces of Pride Photography/Gold Coast Skydive

Gold Coast Pride Festival organisers are looking for same-sex couples who want to take the plunge – literally – for a one-of-a-kind skydiving marriage proposal.

The brand new Gold Coast Pride Festival is running from May 23 to 30 with a lineup of events planned across the region.

Earlier this year, local drag queen Carmen Taykett skydived over Surfers Paradise in full drag – lashes and all – to promote the festival.

Now during the festival itself, organisers are offering five same-sex couples the chance to jump out of a plane and propose to their partner on the beach for an unforgettable public engagement.

Gold Coast Pride Festival co-director Vince Siciliani told there are still spots available for the sky-high stunts on Sunday, May 30.

He explained one or both of each of the partners can take the leap on the day, with the assistance of Gold Coast Skydive.

The jumpers will then land next to a “Will you marry me?” sign on the beach, he explained.

“We want you to throw your loved one out of a plane to show just how much you love them,” Siciliani said.

“One of our [team] members will be there throughout the whole process to take care of your proposal.

“You’ll have the ring handed to you as your chosen song plays on the beach and as your partner lands next to you, you can get down on one knee.

“Both of you can then toast with French champagne once it’s all official.”

If you’re interested in taking part, email introducing yourselves and express your interest before the May 20 deadline.

Big lineup for new Gold Coast Pride Festival

The same-sex couples will get engaged on May 30 ahead of the festival’s family-friendly Pride Beach Party at Kirra Beach from 11am.

Expect market and community stalls, food and bar areas, and DJs on the main stage on the beach.

A day earlier, Surfers Paradise Beach on Queensland’s Gold Coast will turn rainbow on May 29 for the festival’s loud and proud rainbow Pride March.

Marchers should wear bright rainbow colours and can bring their flags and signs. They’ll meet and walk along Surfers Paradise Beach and travel up through Cavill Mall.

Organisers are also hosting numerous other events including parties, picnics and group trips during the weeklong festival.

Gold Coast Pride Festival is a ‘dream come true’ for organisers

Gold Coast Pride Festival co-director Vince Sicilini said many LGBTIQ people live on the Gold Coast. However there are few opportunities for them to gather together.

After extensive planning and disruption of the pandemic, he’s overjoyed to see the festival finally come together.

“This festival has been a dream of mine for many years and now it has come true,” Sicilini said.

“It’s an amazing honour to be able to present the Gold Coast’s first ever Pride Week.

“This festival is for you, the community. We’ve designed our festival to welcome everyone, kids and adults alike.

“We see the festival as an opportunity to do something good for our community after a difficult year.

“We encourage people both from the LGBTIQA+ community and the broader community to take part.”

The new festival is run by Gold Coast Rainbow Communities, a not-for-profit LGBTIQ group that launched last year.

The Gold Coast Pride Festival is on from May 23-30, 2021. Find out more at the Facebook page here.

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