Gold Coast Pride Festival has invited everyone to join Australia’s only beach Pride March during their upcoming festival on June 4.
The burgeoning festival began on Queensland’s Gold Coast last year. Now organisers have confirmed a new, even bigger lineup of events and activities coinciding with international Pride Month in June.
The loud and proud Pride March is back on the beach at Surfers Paradise on Saturday, June 4. Marchers are encouraged to wear bright colours and bring rainbow flags.
The parade will travel along Narrowneck Beach, up to the lifeguard tower, across Macintosh Bridge and into Macintosh Island Park.
At the park, the Gold Coast Pride Fair Day event is on from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free, with market stalls, great food and music and live entertainment all day.
Among them is a lineup of fierce drag divas who are competing in the Miss Gold Coast Pride Drag Queen Pageant for 2022.
Gold Coast Pride Festival 2022
Vince Siciliani and Danni Zuvela are the directors of the Gold Coast Pride Festival.
Zuvela said there are special events happening across the Gold Coast in June for the festival.
The festival’s Pride March along the beach, believed to be the first of its kind, is a particular highlight.
“After the incredible turnout last year, we’re excited to see the interest building for an even bigger celebration of Gold Coast queer culture on the beach this year,” she said.
“We feel like [the festival is] the perfect platform to show the world how diverse and vibrant Gold Coast LGBTIQA+ culture is.”
Local group Gold Coast Rainbow Communities runs the Pride Festival on the Coast.
The not-for-profit LGBTIQ+ group launched in 2020. As well as the festival, the group organise various community events across the Coast.
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