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Folkestone Pride splashes colour around the town - PHOTOS

Contributed by editor on Jul 22, 2019 - 08:55 AM

The choir sings! Photo: Ray Duff

 

By Ray Duff

For the third time Folkestone's town centre and beyond was awash with spectacle and colour for the annual LGBT Pride celebrations


Businesses across the town put up bunting whilst The Grand Hotel flew the rainbow flag from it's masthead gloriously joining hundreds of multicolour dressed festival-goers.


Rainbow Flag flies from The Grand on The Leas Photo: Folkestone Pride

Putting aside the disappointments of last year, the new Committee arranged a series of events across the town from Tontine Street to the Leas Cliff Hall.

The Folkestone Pride banner with Mayor Cllr Jackie Meade centre  Photo: Ray Duff


The proceedings began with pre-Pride events at Chambers café and at venues in Rendevous Street, before assembling for the annual Parade which this year started from the Memorial Arch on The Leas.


An LGBT choir sings at the start of the parade  Photo: Ray Duff

 

Folkestone Town Mayor Cllr Jackie Meade was there to welcome all and wished everyone a Happy Pride Day.

 


Hundreds throng The Leas during the Parade Photo: Ray Duff

 

Vast swathes of colourful costumes, flags, and were in evidence as hundreds of festival-goers, of all ages, gathered to enjoy themselves on the Parade followed by music and entertainment on the rooftop of the Leas Cliff Hall.

 

'Miss Dolly Poppers' headlined the Parade  Photo: Ray Duff

 

The event spread out around the venue and at the nearby Skuba Bar and Southcliff Hotel.

 

Later in the day many venues in Rendevous Street were thronged with people as entertainments were started which ran into the evening with the official 'After Party' running at Eleto Chocolate Café and it's seaside themed decorations; and Quarterhouse Theatre held a show featuring stories of just how people were affected by the anti-gay laws of the past.

 

The Leas Cliff Hall awash with colour  Photo: Ray Duff


The committee will be meeting soon to assess this years event and to begin planning the 2020 Pride which will be even bigger

The Leas Cliff Hall rooftop and festival-goers  Photo: Ray Duff

 

The next LGBT Pride events in Kent are:

Margate Pride Saturday 10 August Parade starts 2pm from the Walpole Bay Hotel, Cliftonville to the Clock Tower, Margate seafront.
https://margatepride.org.uk/ 


Tunbridge Wells Pride Saturday 17 August. Town Centre,
Details via: https://www.facebook.com/TWpride/


Dover Pride Sat 31 August Parade starts 11am Market Square to Dover Town Hall for entertainments.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dover-pride-2019-tickets-63423700997

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