Nottinghamshire Pride returns this weekend and, for the first time in three years, we also have the return of the Pride march – after being forced to cancel the march over the last two years due to the Covid pandemic (though a scaled-down Pride event did take place) thousands of members of the LGBTQIA+ community – along with many allies – will take to the city centre streets on Saturday as they both celebrate diversity while continuing to remind us that there is still a way to go when it comes to LGBTQIA+ rights – just read the comments on any Pride related article posted on specific news sites to see what we mean.
Starting outside M&S on Albert Street at 11am (those wishing to take part are advised to start gathering from around 10) the march will head up Wheeler Gate and Beastmarket Hill before heading along Long Row – past the Market Sq and Council House – the march will then head into Hockley following George Street and Broad Street before ending in the heart of Hockley.
Following the march, there will be a Pride event across Hockley, including a number of venues in the area. The focal point for the event will be the Pride main stage, situated on Heathcoat where there will be a range of different people appearing throughout the day including Nottingham East Labour MP Nadia Whittome, Comedy Shop Sue, The Scream Queens and the superb singer-songwriter Rob Green. There will also be over 50 stalls based on Goosegate and George Street hosted by many different organisations in support of the community.
Several venues in the Hockley area will be hosting events throughout the day include No 27 Bar, The Goat, The Lord Roberts, The New Foresters and Broadway Cinema.
Nottinghamshire Pride is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community in Nottinghamshire – and also to remember the battles that helped get us where we are today, and those that still lie ahead. For more information on Nottinghamshire Pride and everything happening on the day check out the official Nottinghamshire Pride website