With the Bristol Pride festival now in its 9th year, you can expect a massive rainbow takeover of the whole city lasting over two weeks, culminating with Pride Day on the 14 July in the Amphitheatre and Millennium Square.

To help you decide how to show your pride, Freddie Daw from Bristol Pride has put together a rundown of the top 10 highlights to see this year. For the full events listing see www.bristolpride.co.uk

1. March in solidarity and celebration

Pride Day on the 14 July begins with the annual march. Gathering in Castle Park at 10am to depart at 11am, this is a chance for LGBT+ people and their allies to be loud, proud and visible as they loop through the city centre.

Pride parade

2. Experience daring theatre exploring important themes

The returning theatre night is always a smash hit event, this year sees the return of last year’s hilarious improv Murder He Didn’t Write. Joining the line-up on Tuesday 10 July is Pink Orchids - The HIV Monologues, a powerful and poignant piece exploring life and the dating scene for someone with HIV. Tickets are available through the Wardrobe Theatre.

3. Let your inner geek out of the closet

Kongs on King Street once again hosts the Pride Gaming event, teaming up with local gaming social Button Mash. The team will be bringing tons of retro arcade goodness, multiplayer madness and a chance to play classic consoles. The event runs from midday on Sunday 8 July and is free to attend.

4. Bring the Family and let everyone be proud

Bristol Pride Day’s family area is always growing, celebrating families of all shapes. With lots of crafty activities from the WI, Super Pirates, toys, soft play and fabulous stories read by Drag Queen Story Time. Pride is for everyone and it’s important to teach love and acceptance to the next generation.

Pride

5. Watch the best of Queer Cinema at the Watershed

Bristol Pride’s homegrown film festival returns in 2018 for its most exciting year yet. Sidney and Friends explores the experiences of Trans people in Kenya, The Miseducation of Cameron Post challenges gay conversion therapy, and there will also be three fantastic selections of shorts. For full listings go to http://bristolpride.co.uk/queervision/

6. Hallelujah, Rhythm is a Dancer and we are Ready to Go!

Once again Pride has a full day of music on its main stage, with fantastic local performers like Sing Out Bristol happily sitting alongside big names like Snap!, Republica and Alexandra Burke. Be sure to check out full listings and timings online and be ready to sing and dance along all day!

As well as the main stage on the big day, Bristol Pride also has a dance stage in Millennium Square with brilliant groups showing their moves all day. And you can’t miss the Cabaret Stage, bursting to the seams with drag talent from across the UK.

Bristol Pride dance stage

7. Celebrate all communities together

Pride is a movement that should stand for everyone and represent all members of the LGBT+ community. This year Bristol Pride is teaming up with local and national groups such as UK Black Pride, Kiki, Bi-Pride, Bivisible, Trans-Pride SW, and St Pauls Carnival to host and attend events throughout Pride Week. Visit http://bristolpride.co.uk/week/ for a full list of Pride Week events and find out full details.

Bristol pride

8. Meet LGBT+ groups that support our community

The Community Tent on Millennium Square during Pride Day is the beating heart of the event. With over 100 organisations represented on the day you are sure to find some support, inspiration or an opportunity to get involved with on the day.

9. Have your funny bone tickled

Thursday the 12 July sees the return of the Pride Comedy Night in its new bigger home at Arnolfini. Also returning is Jayde Adams as host - a staple of Bristol Pride - and seen regularly on your TV. Also performing are Joshua Jones, Sophie Duker, Sarah Keyworth, and Elfy Lyons – For details and to book tickets see https://www.facebook.com/events/1859050284147595/

10. Finish Pride Day with a party!

After a full day of Bristol Pride you could forgive us for slowing down in the evening, but in true Pride spirit we will see the rainbow takeover last into the small hours. The Official Afterparty ‘Tempest’ takes place at the 02 Academy and will see local faves DTYM lead the night, Kiki take over upstairs and the main stage headlined by Sink the Pink’s Savage Disco taking you on a stor- filled journey into the unknown! The Bristol Pride Day and Night Wristband also gives you access to the Queenshilling, Hush @ Basement 45 and Punka @ OMA, get yours at www.bristolpride.co.uk/wristbands

Bristol Pride

GWR have also unveiled a specially designed #trainbow to help take the crowds to and from Bristol Temple Meads for Bristol Pride.

GWR pride train

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