Life’s a beach.
This August, Pride is heading to Margate! For the third year running, Margate Pride will celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with a dazzling parade and a line-up of spectacular speakers and performers.
The exceptional line-up features trans activist Charlie Craggs, UK Black Pride’s Lady Phyll, journalist and author Matthew Todd, and the Scissor Sister’s very own Ana Matronic.
The organisers behind Margate Pride, which include Artist Dan Chilcott, singer Tommy Poppers and Sink The Pink co-founder Amy Zing, believe that the event is the chance to celebrate “all of Thanet’s queerness & LGBTQI life,” and is the perfect opportunity for “everyone to enjoy our liberation – gay, straight, everything, nothing and all the in-between!”
Margate is a tough old beaut, with social deprivation and economic challenges, mixed with the faded glamour of the stunning coast line and an emerging arts scene. This is a recipe for an alternative pride of creativity, inclusivity and a free thinking punk spirit!
The main event, running on Saturday August 11th, will feature a parade across the seaside town before ending the evening with a street party featuring DJ sets and performances from the likes of Ana Matronic, Grace Shush, and the Margate Community Choir.
Speakers on the Saturday will include LGBTQ+ activists Sue Sanders and Charlie Craggs, as well as Lady Phyll Opoku-Gyimah; the co-founder of UK Black Pride. Meanwhile, on Sunday, Matthew Todd will be reading exerts from his best-selling book ‘Straight Jacket’, followed by a Q&A session.
Those who want to extend the fun will be able to do so with a series of programmed events running from Wednesday 8th August. Events already scheduled include family-friendly costume making, gender-neutral dance workshops and contemporary art exhibitions.
For more information and further programme details, visit the Margate Pride website.