Biggest parade in 21 years of ChillOut Festival

Organisers say the weekend’s Queer Country Pride ChillOut Festival in Daylesford was the biggest and best the town has ever seen.

It is estimated that more than 25,000 people flocked to the Daylesford region for the five-day event over the Labor Day long weekend.

On Sunday morning, members and supporters of the LGBTIQ+ community dressed up and marched down Daylesford’s Vincent Street for the big and colourful Pride Parade. 

Rainbows, glitter and smiling faces abounded as people celebrated love and inclusion.

Ready to ride: The Pride Parade through Daylesford on Sunday morning was one of the many highlights of this year's ChillOut Festival. Pictures: Jeremy Bannister

Ready to ride: The Pride Parade through Daylesford on Sunday morning was one of the many highlights of this year's ChillOut Festival. Pictures: Jeremy Bannister

Organiser Jeandanielle Evans, also known as JD, said she was rapt with the turn-out.

“This year was huge and definitely the biggest parade we’ve ever had,” JD said.

“We think maybe the difference this year was marriage equality. People are now actually feeling a lot more free. 

“We’re all human beings now, we can walk down the street holding our partner’s hand – Australia voted for that.”