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Glitter and rainbows as Canterbury celebrates Pride

By Jack Dyson

The centre of Canterbury will be awash with glitter, rainbows and colour as thousands of revellers hit the High Street this weekend for Pride.

Taking place on Saturday, June 9, the event will start with a parade through the city centre at 11.30am.

It will be followed by further celebrations in Dane John Gardens, which will have its own event bars and several live performances at 12.30pm, headlined by S Club.

Pride 2017
Pride 2017

The chairman of Canterbury Pride, Edd Withers, said: “A huge amount of work has gone into organising this year to make it the biggest and best Pride ever.

“Watching the parade is as simple as lining the High Street and watching as the colourful and energetic parade passes by on its way to the Dane John Gardens.

“We have a wide range of entertainment, food, drink, and more, from marches, to DJs to singers, to after-parties, there is something for everyone.”

Bags and pockets will be searched at the entrance to Dane John Gardens.

S Club who are performing at Canterbury Pride 2018
S Club who are performing at Canterbury Pride 2018

Alcohol will not be permitted to be brought in, but can be bought from the event bars.

Mr Withers said: “We’re expecting between 10,000 and 15,000 people to come through the event.

“This is the third year we’ll be holding Pride and I believe it’ll be the biggest.

Drag Act Vixen who is performing at Canterbury Pride 2018
Drag Act Vixen who is performing at Canterbury Pride 2018

“It’ll be full of colour and energy.

“It’s massively important to LGBT people because it’s the one day pf the year some people feel they can really be themselves in Canterbury High Street.”

The daytime celebrations in the park will end at 7.30pm and will be followed by the Glitterbomb Pride After Party at The Old Brewery Tavern at 10pm.

All ages took part last year - Laura Hall, 71 and Kizzie McFarlane, 21 in Gay Pride march through Canterbury
All ages took part last year - Laura Hall, 71 and Kizzie McFarlane, 21 in Gay Pride march through Canterbury
Last year's event
Last year's event

This is an 18+ event, and tickets, costing £6, can be bought from the Canterbury Pride Facebook page.

To find out more, visit the Canterbury Pride site.

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