Pride is a celebration of life, love and liberty as well as enjoying the parades and parties. It’s a chance for the community to come together and belonging to that community. It might be fun to visit one this summer and get a feel for yourself.
Birmingham Pride, 26th and 27th May
This Pride event is based in the city centre and attracts more than 75,000 people, it’s been taking place for more than 20 years. The event raises money for the local community; this year will be bigger than ever as HSBC are confirmed as the main sponsors for the event. There have been rumours that there will be performances from Rudimental, Beth Ditto, Stefflon Don and Jax Jones. (Look out for who is performing!)
Manchester Pride 24th – 27th August
This event takes place in the heart of the city centre and is very popular, with visitors flocking from all over the place, it is known for being one of biggest Prides in the country. Also called ‘the big weekend’ this Pride event runs for four days over the bank holiday weekend. The line-up for this year is Rita Ora, Jake Shears and Alexandra Burke. Previously they had performances from Pixie Lott, Liberty X, Lucy Spraggan and Louisa Johnson, so it is sure to be as good again. Tickets normally range from £26-27 for the whole weekend or you can also purchase day tickets too.
Leeds Pride 5th August
Leeds Pride is celebrating a 12 year anniversary this year and they are well known for giving out Pride bags, so you can stock up on those freebies! The Sunday event is free to attend and last year they had appearances from Heather Small, Marcus Collins and Sean Miley Moore.
Liverpool Pride 28th – 29th July
This will be the 10th anniversary of the Liverpool Pride, so it is bound to be a big one with massive celebrations. Last year over 50,000 people attended and came together. The Liverpool Pride is a free festival for two days for the community and the city to come together and celebrate equal rights. Last year they had special appearances from Marcus Collins from the X Factor and Austin Armacost from C5 Big Brother.
London Pride 9th June – 7th July
One of the UK’s biggest and successful Pride events in the country with over 150 volunteers each year, London Pride has everything from cake baking and spirit events to dog shows and live music. This year the event is sponsored by Barclays. Previously there were live music performances from Carly Rae Jepsen, Fatboy Slim, Paloma Faith, Ruby Rose and Ella Henderson. It’s the perfect way to relax with all of your friends and come together as a community.
Summer break is the perfect time to have fun and celebrate! For more inspiration, keep an eye on the Campus Living Villages blog.