A colourful march through the streets of Nottingham last Saturday (11 September) saw thousands of people celebrate Pride and the region’s vibrant LGBTQIA+ community.
Going back to its roots, organisers worked closely with Nottingham City Council to put on the signature march through the city centre, with the full Pride event having to be stripped back due to government guidance around the pandemic.
The event, which has had a presence in the city since 1987, is charity-funded entirely by donations and sponsorships as well as being organised and run by volunteers. Local developer Sladen Estates sponsored the event for the third time running, alongside full service PR agency Cartwright Communications.
Leigh Ellis, chairperson of Nottinghamshire Pride, said: “It was amazing to see so many people join the march and attend Pride, and welcome all those who were unable to celebrate in person with us last year.
“The march has always been pivotal for Notts Pride and the theme was all about reflecting and reconnecting. It was incredible to see thousands standing in solidarity against hate and everything that unites us.”
The march started at 11am at the top of Albert Street, all the way down to Broad Marsh, passing through the city and ending in Broad Street in Hockley – where the crowd dispersed to continue celebrations in local bars and restaurants.
Leigh added: “We’re so pleased that we were able to celebrate together this year, we couldn’t make this happen without the support of our volunteers, supporters and the community, and what better way to celebrate who we are and how far we have come.
“Pride brings LGBTQIA+ residents together and encourages people to embrace this diversity, which Nottingham is so well known for – we celebrate equality, inclusivity and respect.
“We’d like to thank Sladen Estates and Cartwright Communications for all their support and everyone who attended the march. We hope you had a fantastic day spreading love across the city and we look forward to doing it all over again next year.”
For more information on Nottinghamshire Pride or to get involved in next year’s event, please visit www.nottinghamshirepride.co.uk.