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 7000 people joined us last year to make a stand for diversity & equality and to show that prejudice has no place in our city.
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!
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.
Everyone is welcome and every year more and more people are joining the parade, with more lining the streets to cheer us on. We are especially excited to be joined by Bi Pride UK, Stonewall Youth, and UK Black Pride. This year we’ve also been 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.
route subject to final approval from highways
This year we gather in Castle Park before heading off to our new home in the Bristol Amphiteatre and 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 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
As well as as our Festival Partners and Supporters, our 2018 Parade Supporters are:
Asda in the Community, Argos, Avon Fire and Rescue, Barclays, Communication Workers Union, Hanover Housing Association, Grant Thornton, Lloyds, Mott MacDonald, Nandos, Nationwide, Network Rail, Pelican Business Services, PwC, Rolls Royce, Royal College of Nursing, Santander, Stride Treglown, Sustrans and TSB
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.