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Summer’s here and with it comes LGBTQ+ Pride marches and festivals all across the UK. Many of these events were cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but are due to return this year.

With Brighton and Hove and Liverpool cancelling their Pride events again this year, here are some of the events still going ahead.

Nottinghamshire (31 July)

Nottinghamshire Pride is set to take place in Hockley on the 31st July, although the date may be changed depending on government advice.

In previous years the parade has started at Castle Gate, making its way through the city centre and ending on Broad Street where the festivities continue.

Speaking to the Nottingham Post, chairperson and organiser of Nottinghamshire Pride, Leigh Ellis said that: “we are confident that we will celebrate Pride this year, but we may have to scale back some of our plans because we are a free event open to all.”

Manchester (27-30 August)

Manchester Pride host a number of events during the August bank holiday weekend. This year the annual parade will take place on 28th August with the theme “Garden of Freedom.” The parade is free to attend and you can fill out an application here.

In 2019, Manchester Pride added MCR Pride Live to the festival line-up which will return for 2021. Performers for this years event include Sigala, Zara Larson and Ella Henderson. Other events include the Gay Village Party, which takes place over the entire weekend. You can buy tickets for these events here.

The last event will be the Candlelit Vigil held in Sackville gardens. The vigil is to remember those lost to HIV, and to show solidarity within the community to those who are still suffering and persecuted.

London Pride 2016 (Photo by Ian Taylor via Unsplash)

London (11 September)

London Pride is one of the UK’s longest running and biggest Pride events. The 2019 festival was attending by over 1.5 million people, making it the biggest Pride event held in the UK yet.

Traditionally being held in late June or early July this year’s event has been has been pushed back to September. The annual Pride parade will take place, although it may have a slightly amended route. Other events over the day are yet to be announced.

The theme of this years event is based on visibility, unity and equality for all within the LGBTQ+ community.

You can apply to take part in the parade here.

Birmingham (25-26 September)

Birmingham Pride is the UK’s largest two-day Pride festival. Traditionally held over the UK Spring bank holiday this year it has been pushed back to September.

The theme for this year is “stronger together” and focuses on unity within the LGBTQ+ community and fighting any and all forms of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.

The parade will take place on Saturday 25 September and is free to attend. Starting in the city centre the parade will make its way to the LGBTQ+ village and from there people can make their way to the other events taking place.

2021 marks the introduction of Smithfield Live to the festival, this will host the Main Stage, the Cabaret Stage and a dance arena.  The line-up includes Cheryl, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Baga Chipz.

Also new for 2021 is the The Village Street Party. This will host the Future Stage, where up-and-coming artists will perform. The street party also includes a number of LGBT+ venues which will host their own events.

The Community Village Garden will provide a quieter and a family friendly atmosphere for this that need it. Events held in the garden will be free to attend.

Tickets for Birmingham Pride are available here.

Other Events

There will be a number of Pride festivals taking place across the UK’s towns and cities. You can find a full list here.