The TasPride Festival was launched for another year recently with a magnificent rainbow cake baked to mark the occasion, with festival curator Marcus Barker and entertainer Miz Ima Starr present.
Festival goers are encouraged to "throw off the final shackles of winter, skip over the first two months of spring, land into November and get things heating up for the summer ahead" at the TasPride Festival running from November 16 to 24.
This year's event marks a special occasion, as TasPride celebrates 20 years of being the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer community in Tasmania.
The TasPride Festival program this year has a mixture of free and ticketed events in various Tasmanian locations including Hobart, Launceston and Burnie.
A 20th birthday cruise on the Derwent will officially kick off the festival, and will be hosted by Irish performance artist Panti with a DJ also on board to provide entertainment.
Throughout the week there will be several shows and activities on show including dance parties, films viewings, burlesque performances, a Mt Charles walk, food events, seminar talks, quiz nights and so much more in this packed program!
If you fancy yourself as a great baker, then you will probably want to test your skills in The Great Cake Bake-Off on November 24. Take inspiration from the rainbow cake at the launch and make your most creative cake which will be viewed by guest judges Nerada and Justin McRoss.
The final show will go down on November 24 with the 20th Birthday Closing Party, with attendees encouraged to come in their finest tuxedos, shimmering dresses and "glitteriest" pumps.
Closing celebrations will be held at The Grand Poobah, described as "the shabby sheik meets rockin' party venue, with entertainment from The Frocks, fANTasia and the Flamingo Dancers.