Here’s What’s On At The 2018 Sunshine Coast Pride Festival

This year’s Sunshine Coast Pride Festival is almost here.

Organised by volunteers from the Sunshine Coast Pride Network, this year’s free Fair Day event will be held on Saturday, April 28 at Quota Park in Nambour.

The Sunshine Coast Pride Festival is in its 11th year and has a theme this year of “We Are One,” inviting the Coast’s LGBTIQ community, family, friends and visitors to come together and celebrate diversity and inclusivity.

“The theme is about encouraging all community members to be proud and confident, and remembering that we are all one family,” organiser Marj Blowers said.

Drag queen trio The Powderpuff Girls – Melony Brests, Sal Monalla and Holly Wood – will host and perform together on stage on the day, joined by special guest drag performer Candy Surprise.

Local performers Kristy Apps, Lea Swanson, cabaret performers Burlesque L’Amore and music trio Flashback will also take to the stage.

The popular Pride Pooch Parade will return to showcase the best-dressed dogs from the community. Prize hampers will be up for grabs for the lucky winners, with all proceeds going to local greyhound adoption group Friends of the Hound.

Marj Blowers said community groups and food vendors will have stalls set up and the park has plenty of green space for picnics and BBQs on the day, as well as playground facilities and a skate park for children of all ages.

After the Fair Day, the pride celebrations will continue into the evening at local event Pinky’s, hosted by Melony Brests, at The Waterfront Hotel in Maroochydore that evening.

Pinky’s is held on the last Saturday of every month at the hotel, with the money raised from gold coin donations at each event going towards supporting the annual Pride Festival.

The Sunshine Coast Pride Festival’s Fair Day will be held on Saturday, April 28 at Quota Park in Nambour from 10am until 2pm. For more information, visit the Sunshine Coast Rainbow Network’s Facebook page.

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