The Nottinghamshire Pride team have revealed more details about this year’s upcoming Pride celebrations – and they’re set to be bigger and better than ever.
Taking place on Saturday, July 30, this year’s event is themed “We See You” and aims to support and celebrate the city’s LGBTQ+ community.
The festivities will begin at 10:00 a.m., when participants will be invited to gather at Listergate ahead of the march, which will begin at 11:00 a.m. The Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service’s iconic fire truck will lead the march. Meanwhile, carnival-themed marching bands, Nottingham Samba Collective and Can Samba, will entertain people in mid-March with drums, dancers and howlers.
The march will then continue to Albert Street, Beastmarket Hill, Long Row, Pelham Street, George Street and end in Broad Street around 12:00 p.m.
After the march, an eclectic line-up of singers, dancers, speakers, performers and DJs from Nottingham are ready to take the stage on Heathcoat Street.
Acts performed on the day include singer and dancer Jamie Fuxx; singer-songwriter Rob Green; singer-songwriter Tom Aspaul; singer Bexx; Michaela Weeks, Britney Spears tribute, and David Bowie tribute band, Miss Bowie and the New Killer Stars.
There will also be a DJ set by Charity Shop Sue, a comedy by Scream Queens, a performance by poet, performer and writer Ravelle-Sadé Fairman, a lecture by Labor MP for Nottingham East Nadia Whittome, and speeches by LGBTQ+ activists local. .
Last year’s event saw 9,000 people flock downtown to take part in the day’s activities, and with this summer’s celebrations marking the first full City Pride event since the pandemic, the Nottinghamshire Pride chair Leigh Ellis expects the numbers to be even higher.
Leigh said: “Each year, Nottinghamshire Pride serves as a call to the people of Nottingham to support our LGBTQ+ community and support all those whose voices sometimes go unheard. However, with this year’s theme, “We See You”, we wanted to particularly shine a light on all marginalized groups, including trans and non-binary people, young and old LGBTQ+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS. .
“It’s great to be hosting the event for another year. Although last year’s event was brilliant, it was significantly reduced due to the pandemic, so we can’t wait to be back in full force and welcome even more people. We have planned an exciting day, with plenty to see and do, from our signature walk to stalls from local businesses and community groups, plus a range of performances from some of Nottinghamshire’s fantastic talent.
Throughout the day there will also be pole dancing performances from Twisted Pole on Broad Street, as well as the opportunity for Pride fans to peruse over 40 different stalls on Goosegate in Hockley.
Craig Martin, Co-Chair of Nottinghamshire Pride, said: “Nottinghamshire Pride has existed in many formats over the years and each year the event reflects the fabulous diversity we have right here in our city. Pride is something different to so many different people, and that’s what makes it so special.
“For us, the march is one of the most important parts of the day, as it is a real show of solidarity for the whole community, and we are really delighted to see so many people from Nottingham joining us in what should be a wonderful day.”
As a not-for-profit event, every year Nottinghamshire Pride relies on volunteers to support the day. This year, the organizers are looking for volunteers to be Pride stewards, fundraisers and general support on the day.
Leigh said: “Nottinghamshire Pride simply wouldn’t be possible without the help of the many volunteers and sponsors who show their support every year. Our beloved volunteers help organize the walk and help us raise donations for the cause.
“We still have slots available for volunteers, so if you feel you can dedicate a few hours to the event and would like to get involved, contact us. We would love to hear from you.”
This year’s event is sponsored by Boots, Capital One, Sladen Estates, Nottingham City Council, KuKu Creative, Cartwright Communications and Lush.
To find out more about Nottinghamshire Pride, visit https://www.
To find out more about volunteering at this year’s Nottinghamshire Pride event, visit: https://www.