East Coast Pride
Get your rainbow-coloured glad rags on. The Pride Season is upon us, with a whole summer of LGBT celebrations sparkling into life across the UK. If you want to party, there are stacks of events you can enjoy in cities along our route…
Now in its 11th year, York Pride gives three cheers for North Yorkshire’s LGBT community. There’s shedloads of entertainment for all the family to enjoy, including a funfair, stalls and music, while shops and businesses will be flying the flag to show their support.
The parade goes from York Minster to The Knavesmire, where the main festivities take place. If you’re feeling peckish, you can fill up on curry, kebabs, fish and chips or a hog roast (try all of them at once if you’re really hungry).
We’ll be sponsoring the York Pride fun and have even launched a colourful Pride train wrap to celebrate – so keep your eyes peeled.
When: 9 June
Where: The Knavesmire
As always, the crowds will be flocking to Scotland’s largest LGBT event, Pride Edinburgh. It’s one of the oldest Prides, dating back to 1995. Here you can rub shoulders with politicians, campaigners and celebrities. Besides the march, there’ll be live music and a community fair.
The Pride marchers will assemble outside the Scottish Parliament on the Royal Mile, where guest speakers will talk passionately about the cause before the parade begins. Heading through Holyrood Road and Cowgate, it ends up at Potterrow Dome where the festivities will continue into the wee small hours.
When: 16 June
Where: Potterrow Dome
Pride in London Parade
The streets of the capital will be turning all kinds of rainbow for the UK’s biggest Pride parade. It’s expected to attract over a million people, with tens of thousands taking part in the march itself as it passes through Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square.
As day turns into night, Soho’s gay bars and clubs will keep the party vibe going into the early hours. The parade is the culmination of a month-long festival celebrating the UK’s LGBT community.
Last year, the likes of Tom Daley, Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid took part in the parade (you’re showing your age if you don’t know who they are!). Expect more famous faces this year.
When: 7 July
Where: Trafalgar Square
The theme of this year’s event is 40 years of the rainbow flag. Designed by American artist and gay rights activist Gilbert Baker, the flag was first flown at San Francisco Pride in 1978.
The organisers of Northern Pride are encouraging you to come in fancy dress, wear bright colours and ‘make lots and lots of noise’.
X Factor and Strictly star Alexandra Burke and everyone’s guilty pleasure S Club are among the acts performing at Town Moor, just outside the city centre. And we all know there ain't no party like an S Club party. The main parade will glitter through the streets of Newcastle, and the weekend finishes with a candlelit vigil outside Newcastle Civic Centre to remember those around the world for whom life is still difficult.
When: 20-22 July
Where: Town Moor
Yorkshire’s biggest celebration of the LGBT community claims to be the friendliest Pride in the UK. We’ll let you be the judge of that.
Throughout the day, the main stage will razzle-dazzle with top pop acts, tribute bands and drag queens.
And ahead of Leeds Pride parade itself, a host of events will be held to celebrate the city’s diversity. The original Bananarama line-up will even be performing a gig in Millennium Square. Na Na Hey Hey!
When: 5 August
Where: Lower Briggate