Phuket Gay Pride & Festival 2016
April 24 - May 1, 2016 in Patong Beach0
Colourful, eccentric, outrageous and full of fun, Phuket’s annual Gay Festival held in Patong is a riot of well-toned bodies on floats and in parades. This is light years away from Patong’s Gay Scene of yesteryear when things were much more discreet.
The Gay Festival nowadays attracts revelers from the world over and is a week of fun and well-organised activities, parties, competitions, quizzes, parades and over-the-top costumes and characters. Based from Soi Paradise and gay-friendly hotels, the festival certainly leaves its mark on Patong Beach.
This year, this six-night event starts off on Sunday April 19 as the pre-party night, following by many more festivities. The official Phuket Gay Pride parties are set on April 25 and 26: Expect to see the colourful and fantastic ‘Afternoon Gay Pride Parade’ and the fun street party.
Phuket’s first Gay Festival and Parade was staged in 1999 and was an instant crowd pleaser for both tourists and locals – gay and straight.
Guaranteed to be the highlight of any visitor or local's visit to the island, this flamboyant festival is set to 'wow' all who attend or even witness it. First held in 1999 it takes its cue from the now defunct, Bangkok Gay Festival. Khun Poonsak Sanchan, one of Phuket's original festival founders, promises this year's event to be more ostentatiously outrageous than ever before.
Gay, straight or otherwise; young, old or somewhere in-between; or simply interested, this vibrant, boisterous carnival offers a fun filled programme for all. From its eye-popping street parties, competitions and ceremonies to its glitzy finale parade it's a fantastic celebration, not to be missed.