Legendary human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will speak at this year’s Margate Pride.
The activist has fought tirelessly for LGTBQ+ rights across the world and first attended the Margate event in 2015 when it was known as Kent Pride.
Amy Redmond, organiser and activist, says Peter will speak at the rally near the Main Sands after the parade .
She said: “Peter Tatchell is a human rights hero who has devoted his life to LGBTQ+ causes. We are over the moon to welcome him to Margate on August 10 to speak at our rally after the parade. He will remind us of why we march and fill us with optimism that together we can make positive change happen.”
The news comes as a call-out to community groups was issued asking for people to join in, including bikers, skaters, walkers, families, floats and party crews.
The event is free for local businesses and groups to attend.
In the run-up to the festival, youth group OUT Margate is working alongside the NHS and homeless charity, Porchlight as well as linking up with other UK youth groups and prides.
There are also plans for a new LGBTQ+ youth group meeting at the Tom Thumb Theatre (Cliftonville), a film project with Hartsdown Academy and line- ups with Turner Contemporary.
The return of regular favourites include the art/cabaret extravaganza The Sex Show, wild club night, Cockles and Muscles and the highly popular fundraiser, Margate Pride Quiz.
Margate Pride is Saturday August 10.