In the UK, LGBTQ+ pride festivals are now more of a celebration than a political protest. The festivals often feature live acts, comedy, dance tents and a variety of other events. The North has some fantastic pride festivals with a few famous throughout the world.
Here’s a calendar of where to find some of the biggest Northern Pride Events happening in 2018…
The biggest pride event in North Yorkshire; York Pride is a registered charity set up to promote equality and diversity with particular focus on the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. Their summer pride event takes place within a Pride festival week culminating with a parade around the city.
I attended Northern Pride last year and had a brilliant time!
With 16,000 people marching through the streets in 2017, Northern Pride keeps getting bigger and bigger. So much so, they’ve recently revealed that this year’s festival will take place at the new location of Nuns Moor Park. The main stage, where acts such as Alexandra Burke will perform, will now also be under a big top so no rain can dampen the spirit. For 2018, they’ll be commemorating 40 years of the rainbow flag – designed by LGBT activist, Gilbert Baker, in 1978.
Coming off the back of hosting the inaugural ‘UK Pride’ in 2017, Pride in Hull’s key theme for 2018 is celebrating 70 years since the universal declaration of human rights.
This year, Pride Sheffield will celebrate its 10th anniversary hoping to beat the 16,000 guests who attended last year. They want their event to be accessible to everyone so the main event will be free of charge, without age restrictions and community focused.
One of Liverpool Pride’s aims is to paint the city in rainbow colours to raise awareness of hate crime from homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Saturday’s event is all about letting your hair down with three stages, a community expo and chill out area. On the Sunday, Liverpool Pride encourages you to relax and do something different – ‘learn, experience, make a difference, enjoy!’
Leeds Pride is Yorkshire’s biggest celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans life. The festival is free, with a stage at Millenium Square, the parade through the city and 6 hours of entertainment on Lower Briggate. Bananarama are all scheduled to perform for a discounted ticket price on Saturday 4th to get the pride celebrations into full swing!
Definitely the region’s largest Pride event! The Manchester Pride Festival takes place in the heart of Manchester’s city centre and is an award winning four day event celebrating LGBT+ life. The festival consists of four elements; ‘The Big Weekend’, the parade, the candlelit vigil and the ‘Superbia Weekend’ with the latter providing a place for families to celebrate pride. Last years headliners included Blonde, Louisa Johnson & Liberty X.
A pride event hasn’t happened in the Tees Valley since 2014 but is scheduled to return this year. The first Tees Valley Pride will start small with a schedule of smaller events happening throughout the Tees Valley. It promises to be a real celebration of the community in the area.
Cumbria Pride wants to promote equality, diversity and to protect the future of LGBT communities in the whole of Cumbria. This year will also be the first year that will involve a march as well as the usual festivities. They will be hosting a multitude of fundraising events in the coming months to help fund the road closures needed for the march – a very much community led pride event!
So there’s your ‘go to’ calendar for most of the larger pride events happening in the region this year – you can check out the full list on the UK Pride Network site here.
Check out more Northern events in our What’s On Up North section.
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