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July 8, 2022updated 11 Jul 2022 8:45am

Pride events across the UK – cities hosting parades or festivals

Pride month has just come to an end, but Pride events keep going strong. There are many happening in UK cities over the month of July.

By Silvia Pellegrino

Pride is celebrated in the month of June, which is when the Stonewall riots took place in 1969.

The definition of Pride is a celebration of people reuniting in the name of love and friendship, to showcase how far LGBTQ+ rights have come and to highlight the flaws in the systems.

Pride parades are taking place across the UK in July. (Photo by Circle Creative Studio/iStock)

Pride is made up of parades and events that are taking place in almost every UK city. This is the calendar of the July Pride events that will be taking place in cities across the country.

8–9 July 2022 – Bourne Free

This Pride event in Bournemouth sees a walking parade starting at 11am, followed by varied entertainment from 9am to 11 am.

Every year, Bourne Free adopts a theme for its Pride. This year’s is “Go Green”, and there will be trade stands and charity stalls.

The first day of Bournemouth Pride is characterised by the Family Fun Night, with free face paint, candy floss, and even a Queen tribute band. The second day is the actual Pride event, with drag queens, sexual health education and fairground rides.

8–10 July – Sparkle Weekend 2022

Organised by The National Transgender Charity, it is the world’s biggest free-to-attend Pride event. In 2019, it registered more than 22,000 attendees over the weekend.

Taking place in Manchester, the event features live music and entertainment, with talks and workshops too. It also features many trans-run businesses to support the community.

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9 July – Bristol Pride 2022

During this Pride event in Bristol, the parade will depart Castle Park at 10:45 am. It is a march to celebrate and mark the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in the UK.

The actual event, however, runs from 25 June to 11 July. It is filled with entertainment and activities, showcasing even a small festival.

9 July – Cambridge Pride 2022

Sponsored by ARU, Cambridge Pride will see a lot of entertainment. From drag queens to comedians, bands and workshops; this event will start at noon.

Cambridge will also host a parade in celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, and all the events will be free-to-attend.

9 July – Trans Pride London 2022

London Trans+ Pride is a grassroots, DIY event that is not affiliated with Pride in London.

It will kick off at Wellington Arch at 1pm. The theme is “wear flowers”, so we can expect many colours and shapes.

14–17 July – Brighton Bear Weekend 2022

This event is sponsored by The Brighton Rainbow Fund, and this year alone £4,000 was raised in support of it.

Brighton Bear’s mission is to bring people together in a series of volunteer-run events, filled with fun and affordable activities.

“We will provide a range of events that has something for everyone in the wider bear community, recognising that bears come in all shapes, sizes, and flavours!” Their website describes.

16 July – Brighton Trans Pride 2022

Brighton Trans Pride will host a march and park event on the weekend of 16 July.

So far, they have raised over £2,000 for the cause. Sports events, cultural events, and pride events will take place from Monday 11 July to Sunday 17 July, closing with a beach party on the last day.

22–24 July – Northern Pride 2022

Northern Pride 2022 is coming back stronger than ever in Newcastle, with a weekend packed full of surprised, events and art.

This year’s theme is “Remember, Resist, Rise Up”. The weekend will offer musical events, in support of the charity’s plans to launch its “Life in Lockdown” documentary series, book and exhibition.

The peculiarity of Northern Pride 2022 is the return of Paws with Pride, a march where dogs and their owners can walk in support of LGBTQ+ rights.

30 July – Belfast Pride 2022

Belfast Pride is the biggest LGBTQ+ Festival on the island of Ireland, and it includes more than 150 events in the span of ten days.

Their parade will happen at 1pm, with the build-up to it from 11:30am. They describe it as “a protest and a celebration, a call for equality, a stand for solidarity and a celebration of the lives of LGBT+ people in Belfast and beyond.”

30 July – Nottinghamshire Pride 2022

As the name suggests, this Pride event will be taking place in Nottingham.

The organisers have not yet released much information about the performances and events that will take place, but we already know that there will be a march from 10 am until 7 pm.

There will also be market stalls with food, drinks, and activities.

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