York Pride Bigger Than Ever

After two years of Covid-19 restrictions, York Pride returned to the city in more colours than ever before.

Marking 50 years of Pride in the UK, the event included a parade from York Minster to Knavesmire, as well as live performances, fairground rides, and stalls.

Made possible by a team of dedicated volunteers, York Pride describes themselves as “North Yorkshire’s biggest annual LGBTQ+ event”.

The University of York’s LGBTQ Officers led a march from Greg’s Place to York Minster to join the parade.

The family friendly performances began at 1pm, running through till seven. The official afterparty was held at Ziggy’s, with many choosing to continue the celebrations late into the night.

A pop up photobooth and glitter bar greeted passengers at York Station, alongside drag queen Miss Ellie Ganza.

Unlike 2019 when there was heavy flooding, the weather for this year’s Pride Parade was mostly sunny and bright.

Hosting the main stage were Miss Sordid Secret & DJ Kira. The line-up included a number of local performers, including York’s own Bailey Bubbles, as well as Marigold Addams as Cher, and X-Factor singer, Marcus Collins. Headlining was Nadine Coyle from Girls Aloud, alongside Divina De Campo from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

Many businesses showed their solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community by being present, and there was police and ambulance presence throughout the festival.

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