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About Us

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What is Mergate?

Mergate is an annual festival in Margate, celebrating seaside life and uplifting the voices of those protecting our beaches. Inspired by Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade, we aim to bring the community together regardless of age, class, gender (binary or non), sexual orientation, race, or politics.


Mergate consists of the Parade & the Event (first Saturday in June); and Mer-May, a month of workshops and activities leading up to it. The Parade invites everyone to dress in a sea-inspired costume and walk along our coastline. The Parade is followed by the Event consisting of performances and market stalls from local artists.


Anyone can walk in the Parade. Entry to the Event is ticketed (children under 12 get in free), and a percentage of our proceeds go to RNLI Margate and Rise Up Clean Up.


Mergate’s mission is to support local artists and businesses, and help raise awareness about the importance of protecting our environment - particularly our beaches and coastline.


We believe education should be fun, and so our sustainable workshops, nautical activities, parade and performances are always full of smiling faces!


Mergate is a registered CIC (Community Interest Company): 10671268





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