June 17, 2012

IconJuly on the 2012 Pride Calendar

With the World Pride Parade just two weeks away, it’s time to see what the UK has in store for July. 

The Pride London Festival started its life in 2006 hosting EuroPride. Today, it kicked off World Pride 2012 with its theme ‘One World, One Pride, One Voice’. The parade itself is at 1pm on 7th July starting at Baker Street. Making it’s way down Oxford Street and Regent Street, down Pall Mall and Cockspur Street as it passes Trafalgar Square, it will continue down Whitehall where it will end at around 4:30pm. From 2pm, celebrations start in Trafalgar Square with international artists, performers, activists and speakers. Who knows, you might bump into Sir Elton John.

Derbyshire Pride, with the theme ‘Pride not Prejudice’, is held from 11am on 7th July at the Bass Recreational Ground in Derby. With many other Derby Prides to contend with – Derby Pride, Derby Gay Day amongst them – the festival is looking to build on its success of the previous two years. After the parade, there’ll be live music, entertainment, goods stalls, a bar, market area, kids area and fun fair to ensure a day out for all the family.

The Bourne Free Pride Festival will take over the seaside resort of Bournemouth for the weekend of Saturday 14th until Sunday 15th July. Headlined by Kerry Katona, the theme for the Parade will be a ‘it is a royal affair’. (Hilarious!) Set up in 2004, Bourne Free was a reaction to a far right organisation visiting Bournemouth to preach that homosexuality was wrong. A few weeks before the visitors arrived, they set up a small Pride event and later decided to organise one annually.

Bristol Gay Pride, declaring ‘WE ARE: PROUD’, will celebrate their festivities on 14th July on College Green with a community area, family area, Proud Parade and musical and artistic performances. International superstar Martha Walsh will be headlining the festival. With a string of number 1s with the Weather Girls, Black Box and C+C music factory; she’ll be championing HIV and AIDS prevention and the WE ARE: PROUD theme.

11 years of Pride mark Hull Pride’s biggest festival – a weekend long celebration. On Saturday 21st July West Park will play host to Basshunter, dance acts, comedians and the winner of their Pride Starz 2012 singing contest. With Pride games on the Sunday and a special line up of comedians and musicians, including Kevin Cruise, West Park will be the place to chill.

York ‘Northern’ Pride is York’s twelfth Pride celebration. The event on Saturday 21st July is to begin its march from York Minster, centre of recent controversy with Dr John Sentamu, through the city centre to a new and larger venue at Bustardthorpe Field. After march party acts are yet to be revealed. Check out www.yorkpride.org for a peek.

Northern Pride will present Newcastle Pride, the third british Pride to be on 21st July. In Leazes Park, celebrating its fifth birthday, the festival will be birthday themed and will feature a cabaret tent, The Steve Pake Health Zone, fun fair, market stall, sports, food vans, bars and new to the festival – the Woman’s Tent. Featuring its own bar area and stage, the Woman’s Tent will play host to a variety of all female acts and staff.

The Beach Lawns of Western Super Mare are the landscape for Southwest Gay Pride 2012. Held over the weekend of 20th to 21st July, the festival will include Pre Pride Theatre Shows at the Playhouse, stage events and a Stars of Pride VIP event at the Wintergardens.

Nottingham Pride, on 28th July, kicks off at 12pm and features a whole range of tent entertainments. With an acoustic stage, a dance tent, comedy tent, burlesque tent, healing tent, trans area and dirty filthy sexy tent, it’s sure to quench any festival-goers thirst. The Sunday after has a Theatre Cinema chill stage and a ‘Not from London’ sports workshop. It’s definitely a quirky one.

Norwich Pride has a week of events – art exhibitions, comedies, discussion groups, a dog show, lesbian poetry evening, rainbow cycle ride and the Parade itself – there’s lots to look forward to. This year is Norwish Pride’s fourth birthday, to be celebrated with a picnic at Chapelfield Gardens and a live broadcast from Future FM.

With a July full of prides, all over the UK, it’s set to be an excellent season. Keep tuned for all the information on the August and September festivities and let us know which Pride you decide to go to for your celebrations.

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Sophie Cairns

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