Record crowds attend Canterbury Pride

Thousands descend on Canterbury for the annual Gay Pride Parade and Festival led and opened by the Lord Mayor of Canterbury.

On Saturday, June 10, thousands of LGBT+ festival-goers, along with family and friends, attended the much expanded annual Gay Pride event in Canterbury City Centre.

A Samba band entertained people as they assembled at The Marlowe Theatre forecourt from 11am.  At 11.30am the Lord Mayor of Canterbury Cllr Rosemary Doyle, along with event organisers, led the Parade out into the High Street proceeding through the City Centre, via Whitefriars, to the Dane John Gardens where there were considerably more community stalls, as well as people, than last year.

Speeches from the organisers and the Lord Mayor who officially opened the event took place from the bandstand followed by a series of music performers and other entertainers throughout the afternoon.

In the evening many people attend a late night after party at the Canterbury Christchurch Uni students centre organised by Glitterbomb and headlined by Courtney Act and William.

Other Gay Pride events being organised in Kent, include:

MARGATE Pride: Saturday, August 12. (Includes an Arts Festival from August 7-13)

Parade starts from The Lido, Cliftonville at 2pm to the Clocktower on the seafront and Cockles and Muscles Afterparty at Dreamland.

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FOLKESTONE Pride: Saturday, August 19.  Parade starts from outside of Debenham in the Town Centre at 2.30pm, proceeding to Quarterhouse Theatre

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