The annual Sunshine Coast Pride Festival is celebrating their eleventh year later this month.
The festival, organised by the committee of volunteers from the Sunshine Coast Pride Network, has a theme this year of “We Are One” and organisers are 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.
Sunshine Coast Pride’s Fair Day event is on Saturday, February 24, and local drag icons Melony Brests and Sal Monalla will host, entertaining revellers and introducing the entertainment lineup.
Local performers Bridgitte Waller, Sola, Flashback, Lea Sanson and Burlesque L’amour will all perform at Fair Day.
The Powderpuff Girls – drag queens Sall, Melony and Holly Wood (pictured below, left to right) – will also take to the stage. Candy Surprise will also make a special guest appearance.
This year, the popular Pride Pooch Parade will return to showcase the best-dressed dogs from the community. There’ll be prize hampers up for grabs for the lucky winners and all proceeds will go to the Noosa RSPCA.
Marj Blowers said community groups will have stalls set up and the park will have 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.
Revellers can play games of Quidditch with the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Quidditch League, or have a go at some acro circus in the park.
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 Bli Bli from 8pm 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, February 24 at Quota Park in Nambour from 10am until 2pm. For more information, visit the Sunshine Coast Rainbow Network’s Facebook page.