‘The beauty of standing up for your rights is that others see you standing and stand up as well.’ ~ Cassandra Duffy
May Bank Holiday Weekend
On the 27th May, Durham City centre hosted the 5th Annual Pride Parade. More than 15,000 supporters turned out to march through the historic streets of Durham, from Palace Green to The Sands – filling the streets with music, colour and celebrations.
As the Parade arrived I was completely taken aback by the sheer amount of people marching in support of the LGBTQ Community, one of the most accepting and embracing communities. The crowds flooded down the streets and into the fields, ready to enjoy the impeccably organised entertainment and activities.
Weather on our side
The sun shone down on us all day with clear blue skies, highlighting the colours of the rainbow flags that decorated every stall, ride and person walking by.
The family friendly event provided an abundance of activities for kids and adults alike. Funfair rides, live entertainment and stalls selling rainbow merchandise and local goods. A selection of food stands lined the fields, from burgers and hog roasts to vegan and vegetarian options. Drinks were available in the two large bar tents, that also provided seating and shelter from the sun.
Live on Stage
The atmosphere was one of pure joy and celebration, everyone was there to have a great time. The line-up for the main stage kept the crowds partying for the entire afternoon. Acts included Stooshe, Love Inc, Micky Modell, Tess Tickle and her Dragettes, Lloyd Daniels and many more. The security and policing of the event was first-rate, they were interacting with the crowds and getting involved whilst maintaining a constant presence and keeping on top of any potential issues.
We also had the pleasure of the Durham Hot Air Balloon Festival being in the grounds. During the afternoon a number of Hot Air balloons were tethered creating a breath-taking view and perfect photo oppurtunity in a wonderful setting.
For anyone thinking of attending next year:
- Sun Cream – There is a lot of walking around and not a lot of shaded areas, so stay protected.
- Stay hydrated – and not just with alcohol.
- If taking kids, go earlier – when there are fewer people, no queues for rides and available toilets.
- Take cash – most stalls couldn’t accept card payments.
- Take a sunshade or parasol – useful as a sun shade or for sudden rain.
- March with the parade through the city – be a part of the main event.
- Wear flat shoes and dance your socks off.
A huge thank-you to the event organisers at Durham Pride UK for planning such a fun, family friendly, positive community event. Enjoyed by so many of us this bank holiday weekend. Your hard work did not go unnoticed, and I look forward to next year!
~ love is love ~
pride month is a time to take pride in who you are