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Thanet: Thousands flock to the coast to celebrate Margate Pride 2021

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Original article from Kent Live

Margate Pride was back today (August 14) and it was bigger, better and brighter than ever before.

Thousands flocked to the Thanet coast to enjoy music at The Oval in Cliftonville as well at Dreamland.

While other Pride events, including London Pride 2021 have been cancelled, Margate Pride went ahead as planned.

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A careful and considered programme was put in place, which culminated with Nadine Coyle and Lisa Maffia performing at Dreamland.

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Marine Terrace was awash with colour as people from across the south-east descended on the town for a day of celebrations.

While the 2021 parade had to be cancelled, the event was pretty much back to how it was pre-COVID.

Singing, stories and rallies all took place across Margate as the 2021 pride event came back with a bang.

Those who were down at the event were just grateful after months of uncertainty.

A good crowd had gathered at The Oval in Cliftonville

Sue Sanders, chair of Schools OUT, an educational institution safe spaces for LGBT communities, was one of those enjoying the music and beauty pageants at the Oval.

Sue lives in Margate and was delighted to see the event back to normal after a COVID affected event in 2020.

She told KentLive: “Margate Pride is the most amazing event. We had one last year even though COVID was bad and we managed to have it.

The weather held out…just about!

"It’s an important event because it’s not commercial. It’s such a credit to small community organisations like this one that they make these events happen.

"They don't depend on commercial stuff and that's good because pride should be seen as a protest and a celebration."

With Pride London cancelled, friends Paul Hone and Darren Wright had made the most of Margate Pride to spend a weekend on the Kent coast.

Sue Sanders was enjoying being back at Margate Pride

Paul said: “We’re having a lovely time. We’ve come all the way from London but we’ve walked into all this loveliness.

"I feel quite privileged to be honest because it is a lovely relaxed atmosphere and it wasn’t stressful to get to or anything."

Darren added: “It’s a good thing to go to. We’ve been to Manchester and Brighton Pride but this is our first time here.

"It’s really nice to have something alternative here – it’s not so commercial."

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