‘Free to be me’: This weekend’s Pride March in the South is celebrating Adelaide’s Southern queer communities

Many lively costumes appear at Pride March in the South each year and can be expected again this weekend. (Image source: Pride of the South)

By Nikita Skuse | @nikita_skuse

Pride of the South, a queer networking group for the southern communities of Adelaide, will hold their annual Pride March this Saturday, 23 November.

This year’s theme is ‘free to be me’, a phrase that Shayne Glasgow, Pride of the South committee member, believes is very important to the queer community.

“No matter one’s sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion or social situation, we believe that every individual should have the freedom to choose their own path in life without fear of stigma, provided it harms none,” Ms Glasgow said.

“Every person feels the same innate human longing to be able to live freely as themselves, to fulfil their own dreams and hopes for their future.

“We chose to bring the focus onto this concept for this year’s Pride March, encapsulating it with the catchphrase ‘free to be me’.”

Ms Glasgow said this pride march brings together an “isolated community”.

“It gives people a feeling of belonging to a bigger community,” she said.

“Our Southern Pride March is smaller than the Adelaide one but we have been told it’s a great family feeling.”

Pride 1Pride March in the South brings people together. (Image source: Pride of the South)

Ms Glasgow said that the response from communities in Adelaide’s South towards the march each year has been “overwhelmingly positive”, despite some isolated incidences.

“A couple of years ago we did arrive at the venue to find that a homophobic message had been written on the ground overnight and last year a person handed one of our committee members an anti-gay ‘message from God’,” she said.

“Aside from those isolated incidents, we have found that the wider community really enjoy the colour and vibrancy of the event.

“Hundreds of people line Beach Road to watch the march pass by and we have received many comments of support from non-LGBTIQ people.”

There will be a rainbow fire truck starting the march and Pride of the South have organised rainbow flags to give out on the day to add to all the colour that will already be seen with everyone’s “fabulous” costumes.

Ms Glasgow also said that people can expect lots of entertainment at the end of the march with the proceeding family fun day.

There will be a drag king and queen performance, food vans, a dog costume competition, a rock climbing wall, games, face painting, speeches and more.

Pride 2All the colour and costumes of Pride March in the South. (Image source: Pride of the South)

Ms Glasgow said the City of Onkaparinga has been “very supportive” with the organising of the march.

They have supplied marquees for the event when Pride of the South were short and have flown a rainbow pride flag in the city for the past three years during November, which is when South Australia celebrates pride.

Dale Sutton, Team Leader of Engagement and Grants for the City of Onkaparinga, said that the council has been a proud sponsor of Pride March in the South for several years.

“This Saturday we are providing $4240 in sponsorship ($3500 cash and $740 in-kind support) to Pride of the South,” Mr Sutton said.

Mr Sutton said the City of Onkaparinga aims to be inclusive all year round by delivering a wide variety of programs and initiatives with and for the community.

This includes a Rainbow Youth drop-in program that Mr Sutton said has been delivered at one of the city’s youth centres and will continue next year in partnership with Headspace Onkaparinga.

Pride 3Drag queens at Pride March in the South 2018. (Image source: Pride of the South)

Pride March in the South will start at the top of Beach Road, Christies Beach at 2:30pm, Saturday 23 November and will end at Rotary Park where the family fun day will commence.

For more information visit the Pride March in the South Facebook event page.

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