Pride Torbay kicks off on the Rainbow Riviera! Organisers are forecasting an outrageous weekend packed with more than a dozen diverse events kicking off with a boat party on Friday 11th June, complete with a DJ, 175 revellers and a generously stocked bar.
The fun continues at the Official Pride Torbay Launch Party which takes place in Candyfloss Nightclub, featuring a feast of top cabaret entertainment and three floors of schmoozing, cruising and boozing fun.
There’s a Pink Boot Sale at the Rainbow Café event on Saturday morning, which also features free breakfasts and newspapers to read. That should set everyone nicely up for what is without doubt one of the most unusual LGBT events ever to take place in the southwest…
Cirque du so Gay is rightly being billed at the “Campest Show On Earth” taking place in a full sized pink big top on Torre Abbey Meadows. The specially developed show mixes incredible international circus acts with live tribute acts, amazing singers, an outrageous ring master and some incredibly colourful dancers. There will be more live entertainment outside later on the Ring Master Stage, as well as fairground rides to enjoy and a reasonably priced charity bar.
The fun continues later in the evening, when the circus will be converted into a truly stunning club venue, for one of the biggest LGBT parties ever held in the southwest. The Big Bang stars the UK’s leading Lady Gaga tribute and an incredible firework display at 10pm, sponsored by Port Salut and Sonic Fireworks. Further club event are also available right into the early hours, including a ‘bear’ event at Key West resort and a VIP party at Candyfloss Nightclub.
Sunday kicks off with a football tournament aimed at tackling homophobia in sport. Perfectly timed to coincide with the start of the World Cup over in the Rainbow Nation of South Africa, the 6-a-side tournament is being organised by the Intercom Trust and spectators will be warmly welcome.
Also on Sunday morning, Walk With Pride is a specially developed history and heritage walk, that will guide people through Torquay’s fascinating and colourful gay past. Packed with specially researched anecdotes, the walk takes in pubs, clubs, historic sites and some places of notoriety and is without doubt one of the highlights of the weekend.
Later in the afternoon, there will be a gay picnic and garden party at Torre Abbey and people are encouraged to bring blankets, food and drinks for a relaxed afternoon of live music. This event will also be perfect for families and friends, including the younger ones. Alternatively Key West Resort are holding a pool party and barbecue for the fellas during the afternoon.
The big event of Sunday evening is the Meadfoot Inn Cabaret Street Party, which looks like being spectacular. The event stars Hazell Dean and Nicki French, as well as a colourful line-up of singers and drag performers. Wristbands are available from the venue and also include entry to the Candyfloss Pride Torbay Closing Party hosted by Miss Crystal Candyfloss.
Pride Torbay is a charity event raising funds for Eddystone Trust and Rowcroft Hospice.
Tickets for the circus and boat trip are available from the Torquay Tourist Information Centre and selected gay venues. There is also a credit card hotline on 01803 211211.