About 2,000 Brisbane LGBTIQ community members and supporters turned Fortitude Valley and New Farm rainbow on Saturday for the annual Brisbane Pride Festival march.
A large rainbow flag was unfurled in front of the Empire Hotel on Brunswick Street above the crowd, made up of families, LGBTIQ community groups, businesses, public servants, pets, and the Brisbane City Council’s first rainbow-painted CityGlider bus.
Local politicians and LGBTIQ activists addressed the 2,000-strong crowd before the march embarked at noon, led by the roar of the Dykes on Bikes and stretching for many blocks as residents and bystanders waved and cheered. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PHOTO ALBUMS FOR RALLY & FAIR DAY.
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Queensland Police Service officers marched in uniform for the second time, with LGBTI liaison officer Sergeant Ben Bjarnesen leading the procession.
They were again joined by uniformed staff from the Queensland Ambulance Service and, for the first time, uniformed firefighters from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.
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The Brisbane Pride Festival is now in it’s 26th year, and this year’s theme was “Made With Pride”.
After the march, revellers gathered in New Farm Park at this year’s Pride Fair Day, hosted by Aussie comedian Joel Creasey and Rupaul’s Drag Race winner Raja Gemini.
They were joined by a lineup of DJs, local bands, drag stars and a wide range of community groups and businesses who set up stalls in the park.