Landmarks lit up with colour to celebrate Albany Pride Festival’s end

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Albany Town Hall turned rainbow coloured for Pride.
Camera IconAlbany Town Hall turned rainbow coloured for Pride. Credit: Nev Clarke

The city’s landmarks turned the colours of the rainbow at the weekend to mark the end of Albany’s biggest Pride Festival yet.

Albany Town Hall and the Albany Entertainment Centre were lit up loud and proud in solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community.

Albany Pride offered a wide range of entertainment and all-ages community events from February 12-27.

A Drag Diva Spectacular dazzled at the AEC on Saturday to close the festival.

Albany Pride president Annie Arnold said although some events had to be cancelled and ticket numbers reduced due to COVID-19, organisers were “blessed” to be able to go ahead with the festival.

Albany Entertainment Centre lit up for Pride.
Camera IconAlbany Entertainment Centre lit up for Pride. Credit: Nev Clarke

Ms Arnold said the highlight of the festival was seeing some of Albany’s landmarks shine with pride.

“We are over the moon to see the overwhelming support from the wider Albany community,” she said.

“We are definitely looking forward to organising a bigger and even more diverse Pride next year.”

Ms Arnold said, disappointingly, the festival was not without controversy, with protesters at one event and the group’s photographer excluded from a local Facebook photography group for sharing photos of the festivities.

“Some online comments aimed at our community were just unacceptable,” she said.

“It is clear we still have a long road ahead of us, but what is refreshing is that overall, attitudes are changing and generally people respond positively to diversity and inclusivity.”

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