Saturday June 12 will see the island’s first Pride Event, a big part of which will be the island’s first Pride Parade.
Thanks to some minor roadworks going on along the seafront, the number of people who can take part is limited, but it will still be a sight to behold as 50 invited pride walkers will carry a 50-metre rainbow flag through the centre of Douglas and into the Villa Marina Gardens to celebrate LGBTQAI+ diversity as part of Isle of Pride.
But it’s far more than just a proud milestone in the long journey towards equality, rightly to be celebrated with a party. Walkers will also carry a series of specially designed placards which tell the story of the struggle of the last 100 years for LGBTQAI+ equality on the island. They use never-before-seen images and stories from the island’s queer archives.
The parade will start at Villiers Square at 12.30pm.
This invited and symbolic walk to the Villa Marina kicks off a day of celebrations in poetry, music, dance and drama; a vital stage in the journey to equality for all. The Villa will also be painted in rainbow colours to show its support for LGBTQAI+ lives.
The walk is proudly sponsored by the Co-op. Isle of Pride committee representative, Mari Hughes-Edwards said: ‘We can’t wait to get walking! For logistical reasons to do with the promenade, we were asked to make this year’s walk an invited one for only 50 people, but we have so many people to thank for helping to make this walk possible. We also know that many people have waited their whole lives for this first Manx Gay pride and we can’t wait to see you all from 12 at the Villa Marina Gardens.’