Thursday, August 23, 2007

Tropical Pride Festival

The inaugural Tropical Pride Festival will be launched in Cairns on the 16th September 2007 at the Tanks Arts Centre, Collins Avenue, Cairns from 12pm - 5pm with entertainment in Tank 5 from 5pm - 9pm.

The theme for this year is ‘Show Your Love’ and provides our gay community, family and friends an opportunity to come together and celebrate our love, diversity and lives.

A schedule of events for the day has been growing continuously and will include:

  • 12.00 Gates Open
  • 12.30 Official Opening
  • 1.00 Community Awards
  • 2.00 ‘Pink Flamingo’ Dog Show
  • 3.00 Fashion Parade
  • 3.30 ‘Cairns has Talent’ – Talent Search
  • 4.30 Drag King and Drag Queen perform
  • Music by DJ Ess and DJ Matty will be provided during the day.
  • 5.00 Caravan of Love
  • 6.00 Smash Mojo (local Cairns band)
  • 7.30 Battle of the DJ’s (DJ Ess & DJ Matty)

The Tropical Pride Festival is a licensed event and throughout the day there will be plenty to do and enjoy, with great food, community stalls and information services.

Together with Queensland Association for Healthy Communities, Tropical North Queensland businesses will be able to highlight their products and services to both locals and travellers alike.

The Tropical Pride Festival will allow everyone to gain information on health, sexuality, support services, and current issues that affect us as well as the opportunity to network with members of the LGBTQ tourism industry.

This is an opportunity for our entire community to celebrate its diversity and its connection to the wider community. We envisage organising Tropical Pride Festival annually thereby creating a festival event that we can truly call our own.

LGBTQ community members have been working very hard over the past few months to bring businesses and our community closer, striving for synergy and promoting the beauty and diversity of Tropical North Queensland as a gay welcoming destination and the ultimate place to live.

The Tropical Pride Festival promises to be a day full of fun, frivolity, great food and stalls for all ages with the prospect of breaking down barriers within our own community, across generations and within the wider community.

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