Warwickshire Pride returns this weekend - The Leamington Observer

Warwickshire Pride returns this weekend

Leamington Editorial 16th Aug, 2023 Updated: 17th Aug, 2023   0

WARWICKSHIRE Pride will once again be celebrating LGBT+ culture

The annual free festival returns to Leamington’s Pump Room Gardens on Saturday August 19, from 11am to 6pm.

This year organisers have chosen Pride is a Protest as the theme to highlight a rise in hate towards LGBT+ people, especially trans communities. Organisers say as Pride was founded as a protest, organisers feel it still needed to be protest.

The festival will once again have a Pride March to kick off the day with a parade through Leamington town centre.

In the Pump Room Gardens there will be some 100 stalls in a rainbow marketplace, food and drink, fairground rides for young and old, a trans chill out zone, women’s tent, bi zone, youth tent, education zone, and a stage of live entertainment., including drag queens.

Warwickshire Pride’s chair of trustees Daniel Browne said: “After an incredible comeback last year after a pause during Covid, we’re excited to be bringing Pride to Leamington once again. “While this is of course a celebration of LGBT+ life and culture, Pride is also a protest. LGBT+ people are still discriminated against and even in Leamington there has recently been some really horrific things happening to LGBT+ people.

“It shows why Pride is still needed and why support for the LGBT+ community needs to be year round. Yes, we have this one day event, but actually we’re here all year providing support to the community.

“As for the festival, we have the Pride March returning and lots happening at the Pump Room Gardens. All people are welcome to get involved and join in, whether you are LGBT+ or not. Pride is for everyone and allies are important. There is lots happening for people of all ages to enjoy, with inclusion and accessibility being at the heart of it all.”

Visit www.warwickshirepride.co.uk for full details.


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