Margate Black Pride celebration to take place at the Sun Deck

Line up for Margate Black Pride announced

Margate Black Pride will take place at the Sun Deck on Royal Crescent Promenade on July 6 from 3pm to 10pm.

The event is an inclusive celebration dedicated to honouring and uplifting LGBTQIA+ individuals of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American, Pacific Islander, and Middle Eastern descent.

This year’s line-up includes performances by Wesley Dykes and Shardeezy from the renowned Cocoa Butter Club, as well as DJ Shafire, who will be providing the beats and local legends; Sophie Stirling and LANTA. Performer Vipul Bhattiwill also join the line-up.

Founded in the summer of 2022 by Gaëtan Gauthier, Margate Black Pride has swiftly become a beacon for the LGBTQIA+ black, brown, and allied communities in Thanet. It aims to embrace diversity and foster a sense of unity, acceptance, and joy among its participants, with activities and celebrations happening throughout the year.

Gaëtan said: “We are incredibly excited to bring Margate Black Pride back to The Sundeck this year. This event is a testament to the strength and vibrancy of our Black and Brown communities, and we look forward to celebrating with everyone who joins us.”

The event is open to all members of the LGBTQIA+ community, with a special invitation to the global majority LGBTQIA+ individuals. Allies are also encouraged to join in and show their support.

Local businesses and supporters are encouraged to decorate their premises and share the event on their social media platforms. Posters are available for those who wish to display them.

Follow @margateblackpride on Instagram for updates


    • Personally, I prefer events where everyone is welcome… which is most events, shows, eateries, pubs, holidays, etc. Why would I want to go to a place where everyone is the same colour and same sexuality? Variety is the spice of life!

    • Why don’t you? Raise the money, programme it, market it, sell tickets, organise the operation etc. No one is stopping you.

  1. You are all here folks. Because two straight people created you. Where are my ear defenders?

  2. No need for ear defenders or dark glasses to aquaint yourself with my views, Mr/Miss/Mrs/Ms Fossil, although I think that what our LGBTQIA+ friends get up to is irrelevant to your point, as I believe it is still legal to engage in heterosexual intercourse with the intention of producing children. And long may it continue, despite, I suspect, it eventually becoming unnecessary to conceive in that traditional manner when people can order celebrity sperm ‘n’ eggs from Amazon, and fertilise and gestate their designer embryos in a Ninja Air Incubator.
    As to having a straight white festival, Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms Anon, surely that’s unnecessary: being white and straight really needs no celebrating as it’s never been illegal, and we (yes I’m white and straight too, and neither proud nor ashamed of being so) have never had any pricks to kick against (sorry). In fact, there’s nothing the press love to celebrate more than “normal” sex. Boris Johnson (Bonking Bojo) and Prince Andrew (Randy Andy) to name but two, were lauded by the Sun as such for their lasciviousness and philandering (but look how they turned out).
    Anyway, you can imagine what a horror such a straight whites only festival would be. Anne Widdecombe canoodling with Nigel Farage on a carnival float, followed by a crowd of white supremacists in hoods bearing flaming torches? I shall give that, and the Black Pride event a miss. Even though I’d imagine all are welcome to enjoy the music and vibes for the latter, I think I’d rather attend a Gerry (deceased) and the Pacemakers gig at the Winter Gardens with Mis Pink, and share a pot of green tea with her in the Working Man’s Temperance Bar afterwards. But there, I’m just an old curmudgeon.

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