Fair Day rocks New Farm Park
Brisbane Pride Festival March and Fair Day enjoyed glorious weather on Saturday as a large crowd of LGBTIQ people and friends made their way from the Valley down Brunswick Street to Fair Day’s new location at New Farm Park.
Colourful displays and stalls from community groups and businesses lined the park, proving that although its future seemed unsure a couple of years ago due to financial obstacles, Brisbane Pride Festival has once again fired the community’s interest and support.
The day did have one unexpected development: Pride Festival president Deeje Hancock, largely credited with guiding the festival back into the black, chose the occasion to announce his resignation.
Interim president Paul Kratzmann, who will hold that position until the next AGM in January, told the crowd he wanted to send out a “massive thank you” to Hancock from everyone at Pride and highlighted Hancock’s role in taking the festival from an unsure financial future to a solid basis.
“Going from being behind, in the red, to today has been an absolutely awesome achievement,” Kratzmann said, adding, “proceeds from the Pride Festival itself will go to the Cal Collins Memorial Fund helping to support mental wellness.”
Hancock was presented with a giant bottle of Johnnie Walker scotch as a parting gift.
Fair Day coordinator Michael James described the day as “brilliant”.
“Everything seemed to go perfectly, the weather was brilliant, you couldn’t have asked for a better day,” James said.
Although the festival was still calculating financial returns from the day, James said the outcome “looks very positive”.
Commenting on Hancock’s retirement, James said: “Deeje has poured his life and soul into Brisbane Pride for the last three years, and you knew that at some point he had to take back time for himself. He was always there to get [the festival] to where it should be and his departure at this point is a vote of confidence for where the festival is now.”
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