Monday, 2 April 2012

Saturday 7 July – Sunday 15 July - Bristol is Proud in 2012

After the enormous success of Prides  in 2010 and 2011, Bristol is Proud once again in 2012. We are delighted to announce that Bristol Pride Week will run from Saturday 7 July to Sunday 15 July. The culmination of Pride Week is the ‘We Are: Proud’ event on College Green on Saturday 14 July 2012 which will kick off with the popular & colourful Pride Parade and continue into the evening with a Street Fiesta and glittering after parties including a Pride takeover of Bristol’s prestigious O2 Arena. 

We Are:  are a series of events showcasing Bristol’s fantastic culture, talent and diversity all year round and further information can be seen here: http://www.wearefest.com

We Are: Proud will place Bristol firmly on the global Pride map, as we once again look forward to welcoming crowds from all over the UK and beyond who will be travelling to enjoy Pride and the best that Bristol has to offer.  Pride Week promises a vibrant week of events from film, music, theatre, shopping and sport and Pride Day boasts a huge, and more importantly FREE, highly visible, outdoor festival in the central heart of the city.

Welcome additions this year include the ‘Co-Operative’ Community Area and the ‘Enterprise’ Family Area which will house a high profile Families campaign which looks at role models for young people and the effects of homophobic bullying in a year that has seen yet more teen suicides. We Are: Proud is an inclusive family-friendly event and we encourage everyone who values equality and diversity to join us.

Organiser Daryn Carter said:

“As the largest Pride event in the South West , and one of the only free Prides in the UK, We Are: Proud promises to be bigger and better than ever.  ‘We Are: Proud’ is a chance for people to stand up and declare that they are proud of who they are, for friends and families to show how proud they are of their loved ones and for the city to not just have a gay Pride but to be truly proud of its LGBT community.

Pride is free this year and we invite everyone to come along! Take part in the parade, enjoy the celebrations in the day and into the evening street fiesta including a very special after party in the O2.  We are unfunded and will be asking for donations which not only help make Pride happen but will also go to support Freedom Youth, Bristol’s dedicated LGBT Youth Service. ‘’

Incoming Lord Mayor of Bristol said:
‘‘ I am so pleased that a Pride week is happening during my  term of office as the first openly Gay Lord Mayor of Bristol. I certainly will be attending myself, it is so important for the LGBT community to be proud of who and what they are, and I hope that my term of office will make a difference to the LGBT community in Bristol.’’

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