PRIDE FESTIVAL 2021
GOLD COAST SET TO SHINE!
From May 23-30 the city will come alive with a range of events for young and old as part of the first ever Gold Coast Pride Week. The Gold Coast is home to many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people - but until now there have been few opportunities for the community to gather.
Gold Coast Pride Week 2021 will include a Genderfluid Picnic, a White Party on a yacht, various social events, a Pride Walk on the beach - and the first ever Miss Gold Coast Drag Queen Pageant at the Pride Beach Party.
The Genderfluid Picnic will kick off the week on the first Sunday, with a picnic, guided creek walk, activities and snacks provided. Taking place in beautiful Coombabah Wetlands Reserve, the Genderfluid Picnic will offer an opportunity for gender-questioning, gender-neutral and gender-diverse people to gather in a low-key social setting beside beautiful wetlands. Designed with teen and mixed ability audiences in mind, the Genderfluid Picnic event is a collaboration with the NDIS and Seaweed Society and is an all-inclusive, all-ages event.
Other activities over the course of the first Gold Coast Pride week include Paint & Sip sessions in Burleigh Heads, where adults can enjoy a wine or two while painting to the beat of fabulous house tunes and sparkling entertainment. An LGBTIQA+ community-focused Movie World excursion and Dracula’s dinner event are also planned, while the Friday night of Pride Week sees a stylish all-white party on a yacht at Marina Mirage taking place.
The final weekend of the 2021 Pride Festival will feature three unforgettable events: A Pride Walk on the beach and afterparty on Saturday May 29; and a Pride Beach Party featuring DJs and the Gold Coast’s first ever Drag Queen Pageant on Sunday, to conclude the festival in style.
The Drag Queen pageant will see a bevy of glamorous gals battle it out for the crown of “Miss Gold Coast” in a light-hearted contest hosted by renowned local drag darling, Miss Carmen Taykett.
Families and teens will also be catered for at the Pride Festival with dedicated spaces and activities, while market stalls and food trucks will provide information and sustenance throughout the day.
Gold Coast Pride Director, Vince Siciliani says, “It's an amazing honour to be able to present the Gold Coast's first ever Pride Week. We see the Festival as an opportunity to do something good for our community after a difficult year, and we encourage people both from the LGBTIQA+ community and the broader community to take part in the events on offer”.
“We’re really proud to be bringing this event to the people of the Gold Coast, so they can witness and enjoy the talents of the vibrant and diverse community we have here,“ Director Danni Zuvela adds, "and we're excited to be offering something for everyone - as well as hosting a number of 'firsts' for the Gold Coast, including the first ever genderfluid-focused event, Beach Walk with Pride and Pride Festival".
Of importance to the Pride Festival Directors are the number of free, family-oriented and inclusive and both are proud of the way the 2021 Gold Coast Pride Festival shows off the unique natural landscape of the Gold Coast -aka 'the green and gold', from the Pride Beach Walk to the park picnic. “We hope that the image of drag queens on the beach is as iconic and Gold Coast for everyone as it is for us”, says Siciliani, "and that everyone can come along and celebrate in style together".
PRIDE PICNIC DAY
WHITE PARTY ON THE YACHT
Join us onboard the luxury YOT Club Pontoon. Sail into the sunset and party on the Broadwater with DJs, Drag Queens and more. Strict Dress code applies - Dress to impress!
VIP Tickets have exclusive access to the upper deck with a private bar, great viewing platform for the shows and guaranteed seating.
NB: All tickets must be purchased online. No tickets can be purchased at the event.
* In the event of cancellation due to Covid or other unforeseen circumstances, full refunds will be provided.*
VIP Tickets on sale now - limited tickets remaining!
No Cash on board. Provide COVID safe contact details. “CBYC” security will manage this process prior to boarding.- Be over the age of 18- Have a valid photo ID – defined as:· A current Australian drivers license· An Australian or foreign passport- Adhere to the YOT Club Tattoo Policy which includes:· No face, head or knuckle tattoos· No tattoos that are offensive or gang related· Neck tattoos are required to be covered- Adhere to the following YOT Club Dress Policy: The YOT Club is an up market venue and we encourage patrons to dress to a high standard. The following will result in access being declined:· Thongs, sandals or jogging shoes· Singlets, tank tops, sports jerseys or gym and training wear· Beachwear and swimwear including men’s board shorts· Clothing bearing offensive slogans or pictures.· Dirty or unkempt clothing, footwear or appearance