13th July | Clifton Downs
There are several bona fide things about Bristol of which we can be hugely proud and leading the way in that list is Bristol Pride.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the birth of the Pride movement around the world and the tenth anniversary of Bristol’s Pride celebrations. Ten years of celebrating diversity and fighting for true equality is marked this year by a move to Clifton Downs, doubling the potential capacity of the event. Anyone who has been to Pride in recent years at The Harbourside will know just how popular the event has been. The phrase ‘standing shoulder-to-shoulder’ is not only a good metaphor for the unity that Pride brings, but it is an apt literal description for the popularity of the event and the depth of the crowd.
Twelve thousand of you lovely people joined the Pride Parade last year. This year’s parade remains in the city centre with free travel on First Bus and a new free shuttle service from the parade end for everyone with a Pride Supporter wristband to get you up to The Downs. Get your glitter on, get down there and show some solidarity.
Once you’re up at The Downs, you’ll be surrounded by the most gorgeous festival-goers you could wish for and, by the looks of things, genuinely spoilt for choice. If you’re one of those people whose experience of choice is standing in front of a buffet hesitantly chewing a fingernail, you can simply gravitate to the Main Stage and be happier than a Highland heifer at a Hindu house party.
If you don’t move from the Main Stage all day (sunburn, hydration and bladder crises aside) you can delight in the likes of Boney M, Hazell Dean, Saara Aalto, Dr Meaker, Melanie C & Sink The Pink and headliner, Sophie Ellis-Bextor. If you explore the site, you can also take full advantage of the cultural diversity of Pride, at the New Stage, Circus Tent, Cabaret Stage, Dance Performing Stage, Family Area, Silent Disco and the irresistible-sounding Drag Queen Bingo.
If living a beautiful life requires a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone, then an event like Pride ought to be a an integral part of your life’s framework.
Read the In Bristol feature from this month’s Bristol in Stereo magazine, featuring Daryn Carter, the beating heart of Bristol Pride here.
Why not join the other twenty-eight million viewers in watching the video for ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ here?