My Big Gay Weekend: Pride March recap

Every year there are seasonal celebrations you look forward to months in advance; maybe a friend is already signing you up for Secret Santa, or that guy who plans their next birthday a year in advance. Well, for my big gay calendar and I, it’s the Feast Festival opening I await with bated breath every year. It’s a day filled with queer pride, drag shows and so much love for myself and all my queer flawless friends.

So for those of you who aren’t quite clued in on Adelaide’s gay scene, the annual Feast Festival came to the world in 1997 to provide a platform for LGBTQIA* artists and performers. Ever since then, the festival has grown and is known for its big events like the pride march, picnic in the park, and the opening street party cushioned by sexually charged queer cabaret, drag events, and galleries filled with gay art… so basically, it’s paradise. Personally I am looking forward to checking out the Rainbow calendar project exhibition, and not just because I’m featured in it… ;)

Yeah so basically the Pride march is just so much fun and 100% the best way to kick-start the festival, composed of a party truck decked out with a DJ and massive speakers followed by a marching party of every sub-queer community ever, sometimes banded together in a group, and sometimes a big mix of different identities, ages, and sexualities. Screaming out song lyrics and celebrating the whole way around town generates enough positivity to last a good long while.

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But hey what’s a Pride march without these guys in the picture above, they were so kind to accompany us the whole way with their placards, kindly giving us little tips like “we need to be reborn” and even stayed around to chat with us after the march was over. Unfortunately the speaker they brought was as good as silent next to our ultra powerful party speakers, but I’ll have to leave it to the imagination and guess it was playing Lady Gaga or something equally fabulous.

The only disappointing thing about Pride this year was Krispy Kreme’s noticeable absence. Ever since they opened their Gouger Street store on the 2014 Pride march we’ve had a long running tradition with their store involving free doughnuts. I wasn’t the only one this year getting ready for an original glazed as we rounded the corner only to see that the staff of their store had been completely replaced with anthropomorphic crickets, silently watching us pass, guarding their precious doughnuts which were no longer free for us.

After the march we skipped the official opening party with Dannii Minogue and went to Mary’s Poppin’s unofficial after party. Sporting gorgeous bartenders, disco balls and even a white piano ordained with fairy lights, it’s the perfect place to get a boogie on to pop songs from the 80s, 90s, and now. The queerly beloved partied the Saturday night away. I don’t want to talk about Sunday.

By Emma Hough Hobbs, Empire Times resident anime columnist.