Grab your most colourful clothes, paint your face and pack a picnic because a beautiful rainbow will be over the city on Saturday 29th July. Norwich Pride is the annual celebration of the LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) community for everyone.
Pride is not just for LGBT+ people – it's a chance for the whole city to join in the celebrations with friends, families and colleagues. It's a day when everyone can relax, dress-up, dress-down and be themselves.
The first Norwich Pride was held in 2009; every year the event has grown bigger, attracting more and more people to enjoy the parade and a day of free entertainment. The Pride mission is to ensure that we live in a city where everyone can feel safe and proud to be themselves. Buildings all over the city will be flying the flag for Norwich Pride on Saturday 29th July.
Head inside The Forum from 10am when The Atrium will be filled with stalls, stands and shops so you can get information, find support and buy lots of colourful rainbow and Pride goodies. You can even visit the face-painter and wear your own rainbow look for the day. Outside, on Millennium Plain, there will be entertainment hosted by Alice d'Luniere.
The Pride Parade will be leaving from City Hall at 1pm and will go down past the Guildhall, around London Street, along Gentleman's Walk and back up Theatre Street. The Parade winds its way to Chapelfield Gardens where more fun starts from 2pm.
Music and entertainment gets underway in Chapelfield Gardens from 2pm with performances from Eileen Mascall, Neil Frances, a Madonna tribute, a Lady Gaga tribute and much more. The Pride Main Stage will be hosted by TV presenter Helen McDermott.
Over at the Community Tent you'll find talks, performance and theatre. LGBT+ Question Time takes place at 3pm with guests including Asifa lahore - the UK's first Muslim drag queen, Lady Phyll - UK Black Pride & Diva columnist and Ruth Hunt - Chief Executive of Stonewall.
The gardens will be filled with families and friends enjoying the entertainment with a picnic in the park. Pack a colourful picnic hamper full of treats and enjoy a free day of music and performance. There's a licensed bar where you can buy a drink but the rest of Chapelfield Gardens is alcohol-free.
Image: Taste the rainbow at The Assembly House in honour of Norwich Pride. Photo: Steve Adams for The Assembly House
The Assembly House has designed a new, multi-coloured afternoon tea that starts just in time for Pride weekend and includes a host of unicorn and rainbow cakes and desserts! Even the House's signature cake, Gateau Opera, has been given a rainbow twist for the limited-edition tea and there's a 'secret dessert' which features candyfloss clouds and a unicorn's head. The Rainbow Unicorn Afternoon Tea runs from 28th July to 6th August - to book, call 01603 626402 or visit The Assembly House website.
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