The gay scene in Phuket has a strong sense of community and a proud tradition of charity fund-raising. The highlight of this community partnership is Phuket’s Pride festival and parade. First held in 1999, Phuket Pride was an instant crowd pleaser with both tourists and locals, both gay and straight.
The festival is supported by local gay businesses and recognised by the local government as an important tourism and cultural event. This annual event normally take place April in Patong area and features various activities including athletic competitions, art shows, charity auctions, street parties, open-air concerts, cabaret shows and firework displays.
The main event is the parade (the largest of its kind in Thailand) which is followed by a variety of stage entertainment. Afterwards, the venues around Patong Beach and Paradise Complex become a large partying scene that extends late into the night.
The Phuket Pride Week is normally held in April, however organisers have announced that the event will not take place in 2018.
Pictures from Phuket Pride
An estimated ten thousand visitors watched and participated in the festival in 2012. Here are some pictures of the main parade taken by Photo Studio Phuket.