With a fantastic lineup, this year’s Bristol Pride Day shouldn’t be missed, writes Keri Beckingham
Bristol’s annual LGBT+ festival is moving to The Downs for 2019, and it is set to be bigger than ever!
Bristol Pride Day takes place on Saturday July 13, with a host of new areas and activities including a new stage in partnership with national lesbian magazine DIVA, a giant circus tent in partnership with Bassline Circus with performances throughout the day, a wellbeing and mindfulness area, and silent disco.
Pride Day will start with the parade march from Castle Park to the city centre, which last year saw 12,000 people take to the streets in a colourful, empowering display to showcase visibility for the community.
As part of the celebrations, Spice Girl Melanie C will be performing on the main stage as part of a unique world-colliding live show with party-makers Sink The Pink, alongside Sophie Ellis-Bextor, disco legends Boney M, Sonique, Saara Aalto, Bristol drum’n’bass act Dr Meaker, Four of Diamonds, Hazell Dean and Ru Paul’s Drag Race’s Peppermint – needless to say it’s going to be one hell of a party!
Daryn Carter is CEO of Bristol Pride, and has worked in equality and diversity for over 16 years. Speaking of the event, Daryn said: “I’m really excited for Pride 2019, we’re celebrating our success but also securing our future. It’s been an incredible 10 years and we’ve rapidly grown to a Pride that is consistently named as one of the biggest and best in the country, as well as being named in the global top 50.”
£7 supporter wristbands for Pride Day are available now from Bristol Ticket Shop. As well as keeping the festival going, they offer dedicated entry lanes on Pride Day and great money-saving rewards such as money off the onsite bars all day, discounts or freebies with festival food traders, £1 journeys with Bristol Ferry Boats , 20% off G&Ts at the Watershed Café Bar and 10% off spirits and mixers at Christmas Steps.
For more information about Bristol Pride, visit: www.bristolpride.co.uk
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