Pride hits the beach during the brand new Gold Coast Pride Festival


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Photo: Vince Sicilini

Surfers Paradise Beach on Queensland’s Gold Coast will turn rainbow during the brand new Gold Coast Pride Festival next month.

The inaugural week-long celebration of the Coast’s LGBTIQ community runs from May 23 to 30, with several events planned.

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On May 29, everyone can join the loud and proud rainbow Pride March along Surfers Paradise Beach and through Cavill Mall.

Marchers should wear bright rainbow colours and can bring their flags and signs to the parade.

The next day (May 30), the family-friendly Pride Beach Party will kick off at Kirra Beach from 11am. Expect market and community stalls, food and bar areas, and DJs on the main stage.

Fierce performers will also compete for the inaugural “Miss Gold Coast” crown in the festival’s Drag Queen Pageant that day.

Earlier this year, Gold Coast drag queen Carmen Taykett skydived over Surfers Paradise to promote the new festival.

Now for Gold Coast Pride, organisers are searching for same-sex couples who also want to jump out of a plane and give their partner a truly unforgettable public marriage proposal.

On May 28, the festival’s Pride White Party is happening onboard the stunning YOT Club luxury party boat on the Broadwater. The world’s first super-yacht entertainment venue boasts two bars, lounge areas, a stage and dancefloor.

An inclusive picnic and LGBTIQ community outings to Movie World theme park and Dracula’s dinner theatre are also planned during the festival.

Gold Coast Pride Festival a ‘dream come true’ for organisers

Gold Coast Pride Festival co-director Vince Siciliani said many LGBTIQ people live on the Coast. However there are few opportunities for them to gather together.

He’s overjoyed to see the festival finally come together after much planning and the “massive upheavals” of COVID-19.

“This festival has been a dream of mine for many years and now it has come true,” Siciliani explained.

“It’s an amazing honour to be able to present the Gold Coast’s first ever Pride Week.

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“This festival is for you, the community. We’ve designed our festival to welcome everyone, kids and adults alike.

“We see the festival as an opportunity to do something good for our community after a difficult year. We encourage people both from the LGBTIQA+ community and the broader community to take part.”

Rainbow Communities group holds regular LGBTIQ events

The new festival is run by Gold Coast Rainbow Communities, a not-for-profit LGBTIQ group that launched last year.

The group has already held events including drag shows, community picnics, club nights and more but the week-long festival is the “jewel in the rainbow crown”.

Festival co-director Danni Zuvela said the Coast needs “safe spaces where our beautiful rainbow community can gather, mix, connect and be entertained.”

“We’ve put this festival program together with this in mind, with a mix of different types of events up and down our gorgeous Gold Coast,” Zuvela said.

“Our goal of there being something for everyone, and we hope you all have a fantastic time.”

The Gold Coast Pride Festival is on from May 23-30, 2021. Find out more at the Facebook page here.

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