Image: A rainbow flag featuring the lesbian symbol attached to one of the motorbikes leading the Brisbane Pride Rally, 21 September, 2013. Credit: Bec Waterhouse.

Brisbane’s LBGTI community have a lot to be proud of after the Brisbane Pride Rally drew large crowds to Brunswick street on Saturday.

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Images by Minh McCloy, Bec Waterhouse, Elizabeth Heck and Ursula Skjonnemand. More details and image downloads available on Flickr.

Beneath a massive rainbow flag, hung from the side of the Empire Hotel, an estimated 750-800 people cheered while listening to speeches explaining just how far they had come—from a group of people not even allowed to touch each other in public to being accepted in most parts of society.

But Pride Festival president Deeje Hancock said the rally was about celebration not activism.

“There’s a lot of firsts this year, it’s the first valley rally, the first Brunswick Street march, it’s the first New Farm Park fair day,” said Mr Hancock.

He described the march down to New Farm Park as “awesome”.

“It was one of the proudest moments I’ve ever had.

“I was at the back of the march…when I looked ahead and saw that stream of rainbows; it was a very, very proud moment.”

The fair drew a mix of people, gay and straight, couples with children, singles with pets, parents supporting grown up children; many wearing a fantastic array of colour that brightened the day.

“I’ve come down to support my daughter, this is our second year,” said fair-goer, Margaret, sitting on the lawn with her twenty-something-year-old daughter “it’s such a great, positive environment.

“It’s nice to celebrate all together and this is a beautiful place to have [the fair].”

Pride Day DJ, Doug Mc said: “To me, [New Farm Park] is the spiritual home of Pride Day, it’s where it belongs; I got a buzz just walking through while it was empty.”

Brisbane Pride Festival organisers said their modest target of 3,000 participants was most certainly reached but firm figures were not available.

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