Thursday, May 18, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
It’s less than a month until the fourth annual Mackay Rainbow Pride Event and organisers are hoping for their biggest event yet.
Previous years have seen around 150 people attend the lively event which kicks-off at the Bluewater Quay, with a Pride March over Pioneer River Bridge.
Colourful signs and costumes celebrate the LGBTI community, and everyone is welcome to come along and support this free event.
“The event is to tell people there is a queer community here in Mackay and also for the queer community to know there is help here if you need,” said organiser Gary Thomas.
“Fortunately, these days it is certainly more acceptable to be ‘out’ at work and in public and events like this really help.”
After the march, the parade will return to Blue Water Quay for the festivities.
So far over 15 stalls have registered and they are set to be a mixture of food vans, artists, and local crafts.
Well-known Mackay cover band, The Feels, will be performing and emceeing the event alongside other local artists.
There will also be prizes for the Best Dressed Person, the Best Dressed Pet, and the Best Dressed Vendor.
An event that brings the community together will flare, colour and freedom, the Rainbow Pride Event is sure to be a fun afternoon where everyone can relax and be themselves.
WHAT: Rainbow Pride Event
WHERE: Bluewater Quay
WHEN: Saturday, June 17
TIME: 3pm – 7pm