Darwin’s CBD was transformed to a sea of colour as hundreds of people took part in this year’s Darwin Pride Festival March on Saturday.
Revellers marched from Raintree Park through the CBD to Civic Square, in the city’s first Pride March in 10 years.
Pride Festival committee co-chair Jill Pope was thrilled to hold the march and said they’d had a great response.
“Hosting events like this where the LGBTQIA+ community can come together, celebrate and feel like they’re in a safe space is integral,” she said.
She said the added significance of the postal survey made it even more important for the local community to be able to show their support for marriage equality.
Other highlights of the 10-day Darwin Pride Festival, which concludes October 1, include a Fair Day event, an art exhibition and parties for locals and visitors.
The Miss First Nations pageant, Australia’s first drag competition for Indigenous performers, will also be held this month at a Darwin venue.
On September 20, a rainbow crossing was installed at a Darwin intersection for the duration of the festival.
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