A new north Queensland LGBTQI event, the Port Douglas Hot & Steamy Festival, will be held in February as a precursor to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Festival directors Nathan Clarke and Jason Penrose (pictured) have created the event to showcase the region’s beauty during a gap in the region’s events calendar.
“February in the tropics is hot, humid and steamy, hence the title of the festival,” Clarke said.
“However, it is still a fantastic time to visit – there’s fewer crowds, balmy evenings and everything is lush and green.
“There’s a calendar of events that will showcase the best of Port Douglas and its surrounds. There’ll be dance parties in local favourite spots, a pool party, and special entertainment guests.
“And, of course, the opportunity to experience two incredible world heritage listed areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.”
The Hot & Steamy Festival will run from February 14 to 17, 2020. Scheduled events include a welcome lunch, an opening party on the Sugar Wharf, an outdoor dance party at the Port Douglas Yacht Club and a closing party with special guests.
Douglas Shire Councillor Michael Kerr is involved in the Port Douglas arts scene and the LGBTIQ community. He said the event is a chance to celebrate loud and proud.
“As a long-standing community member, I am excited to support this event and hope to see it a permanent fixture in the event calendar,” Cr Kerr said.
“The region has always been popular pre- and post-Mardi Gras. An event like this will highlight the region to a wide-reaching audience, drawing people here in the off-peak season.”
This story originally appeared on QNews.com.au and is reproduced here with permission.