Pride 2017: 30-9 July | Pride Day: Sat 8 July

Pride Parade | Castle Park – Harbourside | Departs 11am

The Pride Parade is such an integral part of what Pride is. The first Pride events were just marches and a chance for people to come together and raise their voice. Something we still need to do today, so let’s all come together and march through Bristol proudly and visibly! Over 6000 people joined us last year to make a stand for diversity & equality and to show that prejudice has no place in our city.

The Pride Parade is also our chance to be a beacon for those many who cannot be out in their countries, to the 77 countries that ban homosexuality and offer lengthy prison sentences, to the 10 countries where homosexuality is punished by death and to all those where people have been driven to suicide by bullying or entrapment – sadly some of these are EU countries.

This year we’ve investing more into the parade with support from the organisations below. We’re expanding the Parade and have teamed up with Proud Interventions to bring extra artistic flair that makes a political statement with a distinct performance section in the parade led by the Ambling Band. We’re offering engagement opportunities for those who are isolated or were afraid to participate before, young people and community groups. We want organisations and individuals to get in touch to become our cheeky Animal Kin-Dom characters and bring the parade to life. email info@bristolpride.co.uk to register

Join us to showcase and celebrate your community, the L, G, B, T, + everything in-between & beyond. We have a wonderfully diverse community but sometimes it’s difficult for some of our community to have a voice or to be seen, Pride is your time to shine.

This year we gather in Castle Park before heading off to our new home in the Bristol Amphiteatre and atBristol’s Millennium Sq. Our planned route may be subject to minor last minute changes due to the Metro Bus Works in the city. Which may also mean there are roadworks in place.

The route is 2 miles long and will take about 1 hour to complete. We have tried to reduce the amount of hills we take (not easy in Bristol) but those with restricted mobility or wheelchair users may struggle with the first loop around Cabot Circus, due to hills, but can join us as we pass Castle Park again. If you have an access questions please contact us on info@bristolpride.co.uk

At Bristol Pride we are proud to be a little different and we don’t charge people to be part of this vital and visible celebration. We do this by working hard and not having vehicles in the parade which means we are able to keep disruption and costs for having a parade to a minimum otherwise we would have to restrict entry and start to charge. You can still organise your group, make outfits and why not make a walking float you can push along. We’re are proud to work towards the city wide objectives and policy to reduce emissions in the city centre.

We welcome absolutely everyone that values equality to come and join us or even just come to watch and cheer us on whilst enjoying the flair, fabulous outfits, colourful characters and of course our fabulous 50-metre rainbow flag.

Organisations who have supported the parade to happen and to join us in marching are:
Aviva, BAOS, Barclays, BDO LLP, CWU Union, Lloyds Banking Group, Nandos, Network Rail, Sainsbury’s, The NUT and TSB

They will be joined by our many stall holders and sponsors including:
Unite Students, EDF Energy, GMB Union, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, UWE Bristol, University of Bristol, DAC Beachcroft, Babcock, Barratt Homes, Unison, Dyson and BLOC

ORGANISATIONS —NEW POLICY—
Even the Parade costs us money, more and more every year, but we want to keep it FREE for the public to enter. We do however ask all corporate and large organisation wishing to take part in the Parade that haven’t sponsored or booked a stall at Pride Day to contribute toward the costs of the parade in order to keep the Parade happening and be an open event for all.

Please email info@bristolpride.co.uk – book by the 19 May and we will be able to list you in the programme.

We love to have organisations join us to march for equality but we need organisations to register with us so we can ensure correct licencing and stewarding.

Lastly we ask organisation not to flyer as this causes large amounts of litter. Why not get stickers made, give away edible treats or reusable gifts.