Nottinghamshire Pride parade route and after-parties revealed

By Gurjeet Nanrah

Nottinghamshire Pride returns after a year's absence due to the pandemic and a parade will once again take place through the city.

Last year's celebrations were cancelled due to Covid-19, and organisers are once again keen to see a large gathering take place and showcase the colour of the county's LGBTQ+ community.

The parade - which this year could feature a giant balloon in Old Market Square - will be followed by a series of events elsewhere.

Given the ongoing pandemic, organisers are unsure of what kind of turnout to expect, but are planning for a busy day on Saturday, September 11.

Pride celebrations in Nottingham city centre. (Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

The Pride parade in Nottingham will start at around 10am from Albert Street near St Peter's Church but usually those attending join the end of the march near Lister Gate.

The parade will be led by a Nottinghamshire fire engine and two marching bands, Nottingham School of Samba and Can Samba.

The route will see the parade then go into Market Square and then cross over the tram tracks onto Long row where it will continue onto Pelham Street and cross Carlton Street.

The parade will end on Broad Street and is expected to do at around 12pm.

Chairperson on Nottinghamshire Pride, Leigh Ellis, said: "We are not sure what the attendance will be like this year so we have scaled back with things like speakers in front of the crowd.

"It will still be a great march and we've chosen to focus on that because it acknowledges the roots of Pride and that is protest.

"It's an opportunity for people in Notts to come together and be seen in the spirit of what's important to them.

"This will be the first march since 2019 so it does feel really important this year. The theme for us is about freedom, love, and equality.

"It should be colourful and we're hoping to represent for the community here in Notts, but also for intolerance we are seeing elsewhere in the world."

Representatives from Nottinghamshire Police pictured during the Nottingham Pride march 2018 in Nottingham City Centre. (Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

At least four Pride after-parties have been planned across the city too.

At the New Foresters on St Ann's Street, the pub will be opening at midday.

In the marquee, there will be 70s, 80s, 90s and pop music from when the pub opens.

Children are allowed in until 6pm and food will be served all day.

Karaoke will start at 8pm until 11pm followed by a disco until 4am.

A DJ is set to perform from 9.30pm till 2am and £2 entry fee will be in place from 11:30pm.

The beer garden at The Lord Roberts in Broad Street, Hockley. (Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

At the Lord Roberts pub on Broad Street, disco and house music will be played from 8pm to 1pm on Friday night and on Saturday night from 12pm to 2am.

At NG-One, a Pride party is also on the cards from 10pm to 3am.

Also on Broad Street at Rough Trade, the venue will be teaming up with DJ's from GLADRAGS to soundtrack PRIDE day with sets from DJ Boz, Baby Tap, and DJ Luxxxury.

GLADRAGS is a regular LGBTQIA club-night in Nottingham celebrating drag, music & fashion.

The event begins at 11am and finishes at 5pm.


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