The Parade March is an integral part of what Pride is about, after all the first ever Pride events where just marches so join us to celebrate Pride loud and proud! Over 12000 of you joined us last year for a bold statement for equality and diversity, to celebrate our community and to show that hatred and prejudice has no place in our city, or anywhere. This year we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the birth of the Pride movement around the world. This along with our own 10th-anniversary celebrations means we want even more people to join the parade this year. Let’s remember where we’ve come from, celebrate where we are and keep fighting for a future of true equality for all.
The parade will remain in the city centre with free travel on First Bus and a free shuttle service from the parade end for everyone with a Pride Supporter wristband to get you up to our new home on The Downs.
Proudly sponsored by GMB the Union who’s support helps us to cover the ever increasing costs of the parade including stewards and security costs. The very first Pride marches were supported by the Unions to ensure they happened and we are proud to welcome a number of them at Pride each year. Be sure to have a chat and find out how they are supporting LGBT+ staff and workers and a big thank you GMB!
We’ve seen tough times for communities at home and overseas and Pride is a chance to remind us the prejudice and hatred have no place in our city or society. We’ve seen horrific incidents take place overseas and backwards steps on hard fought changes in policy overturned. Let’s 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 may be 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.
Everyone is welcome and every year more and more people are joining the parade, with more lining the streets to cheer us on. We will again be working with KIKI, St Paul’s Carnival and UK Black Pride to present a LGBT+ PoC block in the parade, email email@example.com if you want to know more and join in our costume making workshops.
Pride is that chance to come and be yourself among friends or to come and show your support to loved ones, family, friends and the LGBT+ community, 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.
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We will gather in Castle Park and will amrch through the city centre. Those with a Pride Supporter wrsitband can then get free bus travel on First Bus to The Downs or jump on one of our free shuttle services from the Parade end.
The route is 2 miles long and will take about 1 hour to complete. We have tried to reduce the number 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 access questions please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Even the Parade costs us money, more and more every year, but we want to keep it FREE for the public to enter. So we do ask all businesses, corporates and large organisation wishing to take part in the Parade that hasn’t sponsored or booked a stall at Pride Day to be a Parade Supporter and contribute toward the costs of the parade, in order to keep the Parade happening and be an open event for all.
Please email email@example.com – book by the 19 May and we will be able to list you in the programme.
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.
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.