Photos: Huge turnout for Margate Pride 2023

A sea of colour at the Pride parade Photo Frank Leppard

A huge turnout marked the Margate Pride 2023 parade today (August 12).

The festivities began this morning at the Oval Bandstand, Cliftonville, and included rainbow storytime and dance classes for families, performances from dancers, choirs, and the renowned Mx Margate alternative pageant, hosted by Jonny Woo with judges Tracey Emin, Robert Diament, Russell Tovey and Dr Ronx.

Photo Steven Collis

In the afternoon the Margate Pride parade wound its way from the Oval Bandstand to the clock tower in Margate. It was led by family and friends of Margate resident, documentary maker and founder of The Doc Society Jess Search who sadly died from brain cancer this month.

Photo Isabelle de Ridder

Parties and shows are spread across venues in town including: Dreamland which hosts a  live music event until 11pm, featuring performances by Claire from Steps, Duncan from Blue, B*Witched, and Tom Rasmussen.

Photo Carl Hudson

The Sundeck has disco DJs until sunset; while The Lido has DJ and performance collective The Cocoa Butter Club until 4am. Sundowners presents drag performances on the terrace throughout the day, continuing indoors until the early hours.

Photo Roberto Fabiani

Margate Arts Club presents Little Gay Brother. CAMP is hosting a party at the Margate Leisure Centre, and Faith in Strangers presents Homoelectric.

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  1. May Pride in Margate go from strength to strength each year. Congratulations to the organisers for working with local businesses to offer a variety of places to celebrate. Proud to live in a community that celebrates love in all its forms.

  2. Glad you all enjoyed it.
    I went down to Dungeness on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway.
    Derek’s woodwork is still yellow.
    Odd that his film was called “Blue”?

  3. Got train to Broadstairs mid afternoon. It was very busy with all pubs and goody places doing a roaring trade. Margatecstation was very busy with literally hundreds coming off each train to attend pride. Lovely weather, so good to see the towns so busy.

  4. Great event ,but why the tshirts with foul language on .Says a lot about the people who resort to ,this sort of language .Apart from that enjoyed it

    • The lucky ******* tops were a tribute to Jess Search (Margate resident) who recently died, it was something she said about her life after learning she had terminal cancer

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