Kyushu Rainbow Pride
Come and show your true colors at the biggest pride celebration in Kyushu!
- 2019 Dates: Mon Nov. 4
- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The goal of Kyushu Rainbow Pride is not only to recognize the progress made but to create awareness. It’s also a fantastic time to party with the warm and friendly locals!
Everyone is encouraged to ‘come as you are.’
For one day a year, Reisen Park comes alive, and everyone is encouraged to “come as you are” and join in the all-day, family-friendly festivities. The event was first held in 2014 under the name “Fukuoka Rainbow Parade” but was renamed a year later. Despite its brief history, the event in 2017 attracted more than 7,000 visitors.
The main stage of Kyushu Rainbow Pride hosts singing and dance performances by LGBTQ artists, idol groups, and local dance teams who keep the energy pumping throughout the day.
The main event of Kyushu Rainbow Pride is, you guessed it, a parade! It’s a joyous three-kilometer walk from Tenjin and Hakata. To join the parade, all you have to do is show up and register before 12:30 p.m. However, there is a limit to the number of marchers, so it’s best to arrive early to guarantee your spot. Many parade marchers dress casually, but many also camp up their look! After all, you’ll be among some of Fukuoka’s most fabulous drag queens.
At the event, you’ll also find info booths from non-profit organizations, as well as rainbow-colored goods and a chance to write messages of encouragement. Among all of the excitement, don’t forget to try some of the local cuisine at one of the many food stands.
Kyushu Rainbow Pride is a celebration that shines as a beacon of inclusivity for the entire region.