CHANNEL Islands Pride returns to Guernsey this year, on Saturday 8th September. The event, which is sponsored by the Channel Islands Co-Operative Society, is hosted alternately by Guernsey and Jersey, it first took place in Guernsey in September 2016 and was supported by over 2,500 people.
Liberate is the local charity supporting the LGBTQ+ community and organises the event, we hope for the event to be bigger and better this year and are encouraging everyone to come along to support and enjoy the fun.
“This year’s Pride theme is #StrongerTogether, which is exactly what our Pride is all about” said Liberate Chair Markis Allen.
“It’s an all-inclusive event, open to anyone who wants to support the LGBTQ+ community and to celebrate and promote equality for all in the Channel Islands. It’s going to be a day of fun and celebration, with something for everyone.”
Colin Macleod, Chief Executive Officer at The Channel Islands Co-operative Society said, “We are proud to once again be sponsoring our friends at Liberate for this year’s CI Pride. Over the last 4 years our sponsorship has helped us have conversations with colleagues about what inclusion means, what being part of this community means, and these are important conversations which otherwise we probably wouldn’t have had. To us belonging is everything, so come along and celebrate our island’s diversity and be a part of something truly colourful, special and inspiring.”
The traditional, vibrant Pride parade will start from Candie Gardens at 4pm, with people welcome to gather from 2pm to enjoy the gardens and start getting into the party mood. The parade will make its way from Candie Gardens down Smith Street, along the High Street, past the Town Church, finally ending in Market Square where the festival style music will begin from 5pm.
There will be live music from local favourites The Recks, and UK acts The Cuban Brothers and London’s Gay Big Band; the finale will be an up tempo set from The Voice 2018’s Kalon Rae, who performed in Guernsey earlier this year at Liberate’s Pride fundraiser The Exhibitionist’s Party.
As well as the main stage acts, there will be a teen stage with music from Track Not Found and Vice, a virtual reality and gaming zone, festival hair station and a chill out lounge. In the family area, the youngsters can keep busy with interactive art, making their own pixie or elf garden and a meet and greet with some familiar film characters.
There will be an over 18s official Pride after-party at Barbados night club from 9.30pm – 2am, a limited number of tickets for the after-party are available in advance from www.liberateevents.com for a discounted cost of £10.00.