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First full Dover Pride event, for the LGBTQIA+ community, since coronavirus

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The first live Dover Pride since the pandemic takes place this weekend.

The full march and entertainment programme, after the first ever event in te town in 2019, is from 11am to 4pm on Saturday.

Dover’s first Pride event, two years ago. Picture: Alan Langley.
Dover’s first Pride event, two years ago. Picture: Alan Langley.

This time there will be two stages, to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies and performers include a Kylie Minogue tribute singer.

Last summer the event was limited to Dover Digital Pride, conveyed on social media because of coronavirus, but more than 20,000 people were reached.

The march begins at 11am from the green next to The Riverside Centre, at Maison Dieu Road, continues through the precinct and ends at the Roman Lawn at Market Street, off Cannon Street, at 11.45am.

Marches must first register online via the web page eventbrite.co.uk/e/dover-pride-2021-registration-163485723199

They then need to check in at Biggin Hall in Biggin Street between 8.30am and 10.30am.

Lilli Berlin, one of this weekend's performers. Picture: Dover Pride
Lilli Berlin, one of this weekend’s performers. Picture: Dover Pride

The main stage is at the Roman Lawn and will be hosted by Dover drag queen Miss Lilli Berlin (Drag SOS).Those who register get priority to enter there.

The host at the other venue, the Pride Café at Biggin Hall is drag queen Miss Di Vour.

The venues have capacity limits as the pandemic continues so entry, after those registered, is first come first served.

The full list of performers, appearing from noon to 4pm is as follows:

Kylie On Show- a tribute performance, with all the hits, to the Australian singer and soap star who is a gay icon.

The Kylie tribute singer, appearing this weekend Picture: Dover Pride
The Kylie tribute singer, appearing this weekend Picture: Dover Pride

River Medway (Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK Series 3) – drag queen and pop princess.

Sophia Stardust – Kent -based drag queen.

Miss Lilli Berlin (Drag SOS) – her third performance at Dover Pride.

Poppy Love (Drag SOS)-Miss Lilli Berlin’s dad (Shaun Dawson) and Dover Pride drag queen.

Miss Divour – Miss Gay Folkestone 2018.

Laura Rogers, Cherelle Keogh and Angie Westbrook at the 2019 event. Picture: Alan Langley.
Laura Rogers, Cherelle Keogh and Angie Westbrook at the 2019 event. Picture: Alan Langley.

The Kiki House of Versace (London Chapter) dance troupe.

Ryan Abbott – dancing in heels with his squad of glamorous performers

Janet District Council – Kentish Drag Queen.

Aunty Ginger – drag comedienne, DJ & cabaret singer.

The Square Peg Singers – an award winning theatre and arts charity working with learning disabled children, young people, and adults.

All events are free but the public are asked to make a donation to help bring back the event next year.

This can by done via the web page gofund.me/375bb4aa

The first ever Dover Pride was on August 31, 2019 and was attended by more than 1,000 people.

Its partners for 2021 are Future Foundry, the Dover young people’s business and arts support group, and the Westwood Cross shopping centre in Thanet.

Sponsors this year include Dover Big Local, Dover Town Council and Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

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