Ely’s first ever gay Pride festival will take place in Jubilee Gardens this summer, Spotted in Ely can reveal.
The city will join the ranks of San Francisco, London, Sydney, Tel Aviv, São Paulo, Hong Kong, New York, Brighton and Johannesburg (to name a few) in what organisers hope will be an annual event.
The colourful festival will kick off at midday on August 11 – and everybody’s welcome, regardless of their sexuality, age or background, Fritha Love says.
One of the organisers of the festival, Fritha says she’s been overwhelmed by the support residents, businesses and the council in Ely and surrounding areas have so far given to the event, and hopes it will become an annual celebration.
“We are really excited to be organising this – the first ever Pride in Ely – and hope everyone takes the opportunity to come on the day.”
The event is hosted by Pride in Ely, an organisation sponsored by Spotted in Ely, supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and “related identities” locally.
The group was formed to highlight “inclusivity and acceptance” of LGBT plus members, Fritha says.
“Pride in Ely is just that – proud to be part of this amazing community and to contribute back to the city of Ely by creating a happy, fun, family orientated, free day-festival.
“This is a time for everyone to enjoy and celebrate together, find out more or just have fun and soak up the atmosphere.”
The family friendly event, officially launched next month, will include entertainment, kids’ activities, refreshments and educational stalls.
As well as the main festival, there will be an evening Pride After Party for adults afterwards.
At a time when reported hate crime is nationally on the rise, organisers hope the first Ely Pride festival will help raise the profile of LGBT+ people and demonstrate the group’s support locally.
Festival organisers are looking for more sponsors, stallholders and entertainers.
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