Mel C, RPDR’s Peppermint & Sophie Ellis-Bextor lead Bristol Pride Day celebrations 

Bristol Pride Day 2019 is set to be the biggest yet, with Mel C, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and more at The Downs

Bristol’s biggest annual LGBT+ celebration is in full swing. A fortnight of Pride festivities have been taking place across the city since 28 June, beginning with the Stonewall flag unveiling outside City Hall. The flag is raised in remembrance of the series of protests by members of the gay community rising up against a police raid that took place at The Stonewall Inn in New York City on that very day in 1969.

A fortnight of Pride festivities have been taking place across the city since 28 June

Various other Stonewall remembrance services took place in the city following the flag unveiling, along with a fortnight’s worth of comedy events, theatrical shows, a circus night and a dog show, bringing Pride to life across Bristol. 

The fun is still far from finished, with the main event, Pride Day, taking place on the 13 July – kicking off with the Pride Parade March starting from Castle Park at 10.45AM.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots (…) so it’s only right that Bristol Pride 2019 is set to be the biggest yet

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots – the birth of the Pride movement around the world, as well Bristol Pride’s own 10th-anniversary, so it’s only right that Bristol Pride 2019 is set to be the biggest yet.

After the success of last year’s Bristol Pride Day, which marked a whopping 36,000 people in attendance, the organisers of the event decided to move to a bigger location for this year’s music celebrations. Taking over The Downs with a huge and diverse lineup, including Spice Girl Mel C with Sink the Pink, Ru Paul’s Drag Race alumni Peppermint, Sonique, Boney M, A1 and the return of Sophie Ellis-Bextor; making Bristol Pride one of the biggest Pride events in the UK. 

Taking over The Downs with a huge and diverse lineup, including Spice Girl Mel C

Also to look forward to is Adele tribute J’Adele,  Bristol drum and bass outfit Dr Meaker and LGBT+ choir Sing Out Bristol and loads more music, plus dance and cabaret stages, a circus tent and a silent disco.

Following daytime celebrations, an official afterparty is taking place at 02 Academy, as well as various unofficial parties across venues such as Lakota, The Bear Bar and To The Moon. 

Bristol Pride 2019 will be capped off on Sunday 14 July with a Transcend101 workshop at the Old Market Assembly with Black Trans Advocacy Conference Rising Star Award winner and trans singer-songwriter Shea Freedom giving a talk about her journey, followed by a drag show with Lola Lasagna and Drag With No Name at Bristol Bear Bar. 

Bristol Pride is a registered charity

Bristol Pride is a registered charity and entry to Bristol Pride is by donation, with a suggested donation of £4, although if you can spare a bit more on a ‘Pride Supporter’ wristband, there are lots of benefits on offer including free bus travel and discount on food and drinks at Pride and across Bristol. 

You can get these in advance online via the Bristol Pride website to speed up entry with a dedicated pre-paid lane, as well as buying afterparty tickets or donating directly to the charity.      

13 July – Bristol Pride Day, Clifton Downs 
Pre-paid wristbands // afterparty tickets // bristolpride.co.uk

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