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No alcohol can be brought into the festival site.
This is to comply with police and licence conditions required to hold the event. There will be extra bars onsite which do take card payment. There will also be 3 quick card only bars this year.
Money from the bars onsite go back into the Bristol Pride Charity to support Pride to happen.
We have a fair pricing policy and with a Supporter Wristband you will also save 50p on bar prices all day long.
There will be bag searches. To help speed up your entry and reduce queues, if you don’t need to bring a bag, please don’t bring one.
To help make Pride happen we introduced Pride Supporter Wristbands. These are just £7 and while helping to make Pride happen they offer you great rewards. For 2019 we’ve also created a limited fast track anytime wristband for those that know they might be late or have to work and still want to get into Pride quickly later on in the day. We also have combination Day+Night wristbands which include afterparty entry. Super Supporter and entry by a suggested £4 donation are also available. Your support, donations and fundraising are what makes Pride happen along with supporting our year-round activity and work as a charity. We do not get funding to make Pride happen. We could not continue without your support.
A great way to support Pride is to get one of our optional Supporter Wristbands. Wristbands offer a visible identifier of a donation towards Pride (so you don’t keep being asked) and also offer fantastic rewards and discounts at Pride! Including:
– Money off at the bars. Save money everytime you buy a drink
– Money off or free items from Pride Day food stalls
– Free bus travel on Pride Day with First Bus (Bristol Inner Zone)
– Free use of the Pride Shuttle Service
– Discounted journeys with Bristol Ferry Boats
– 10% off Spirit and Mixers at Christmas Steps Bar
– 20% off Gin and Tonic at the Watershed Bar
– Other discounts with local business as arranged
Pride costs a lot of money, before we even think about artists payments we have to raise the money to pay for the fees and licence to use the site and then for the stages, marquees, security, fencing, toilets, first aid and even tables and chairs!
Please note Pride Day+Night and Super Supporter tickets afterparties are for those over 18 years of age, to comply with the venue licence laws, and ID will be checked. We are hoping to work with some partners to create an event for under 18s.
We’ll again be hosting a number of after parties for Pride Night. We’ll be announcing our partner Pride Afterparties very soon but Pride once again take over the 02 academy for the Official Pride Afterparty, an incredible night of lasers, co2 cannons, 3 rooms of DJs, dancers and performers and oh yeah… lots of glitter.
Joining us a the O2 Academy this year are LGBT+ clubnights Don’t Tell Your Mother with special guests, PoC / QTIPOC social makers KIKI and in the main room we are pleased to announce headline sets from SINK THE PINK and GUILTY PLEASURES
Visit Official Afterparty Page for more info
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.
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.
We aim to raise our visibility and to celebrate our own diversity, we want you to come as yourself and for the parade to showcase and celebrate the L, G, B, T, + everything in-between and 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 are proud to be working with KIKI and St Paul’s to celebrate LGBT+ PoC and have a walking block in the parade to celebrate the intersectionality of our community. To be part of this group or to get more info get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
Even the parade costs money but we want to keep the parade a free event for the public to enter so we ask all businesses and corporate organisations wishing to take part in the parade that have not booked a stall or sponsored Pride to make a donation to us. Email us on email@example.com
We keep our costs and pollution down by NOT having vehicles in the parade. vehicles would struggle with the route anyway, you can still create impact and flair by organising a walking group: make outfits, bring banners and even make a walking float you can push along.
Visit our Pride Day Page for more info
Multi award winning and voted UKs No2 ‘Best Pride’, Bristol Pride is the largest free Pride in the UK. Over 100 artists performed last year and we’re busy announcing acts for this year already.
Bristol Pride is not only one of the largest Pride events in the UK but we are one of Bristol’s biggest events, so no wonder we are named in the top 3 reasons why people visit the city (Destination Bristol visitor survey 2015) and in the Global Top50 World Pride events. We’ve won a number of awards and are proud to be different, offering a fantastic host of activities and amazing line-up but keeping Pride a free and accessible event that showcases and celebrates the LGBT+ community.
Pride Day starts at 1045am with the Pride Parade leading to a massive outdoor music multi stage festival (open at 12 noon) with onsite creative activities, community and family areas, bars, food concessions, market and much more. Check out what’s on and be sure to get a Pride Supporter wristband to help keep Pride going and access fantastic discounts such as money off at the bars and FREE bus travel with First Bus.
We are also proud to announce that all stages at Pride will be BSL interpreted this year too.
Take a look at all the events taking place across Pride 2019, a full 2 weeks of programming.
CLICK HERE for the 2019 events page and expert favourites such as the Bristol Pride Dog Show, Theatre, Comedy and the Bristol Pride Film Festival, Queer Vision with new events joining the ranks including poetry and a specially curated circus night in partnership with Circomedia.