Bristol Pride

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Bristol Pride
Bristol pride logo.jpg
Formation1977; 2010
Legal statusLGBT Charity
UK registered charity: 1166817

Bristol Pride is an annual festival in the city of Bristol, championing equality and diversity across South West England. Since 2010, the Bristol Pride festival has been organised by the charity 'Bristol Pride' (UK registered charity: 1166817). The festival is a fortnight of events in the city, and concludes with Pride Day on the second Saturday of July. Festival events include a mix of talks by prominent local activists and charities, screenings of LGBT films, performances, and various evenings of entertainment led by local drag artists.[1] Pride Day includes the traditional Pride March, which begins in the city's Castle Park and ends at the Amphitheatre on the harbourside.[2] Bristol Pride remains a free-to-attend festival, but encourages entry to the events by donation to enable the festival to continue.

The 2019 Pride Day takes place on Saturday 13 July 2019.


The first Pride in Bristol was held in 1977 as a fundraiser for the Gay News blasphemy trial.[3] The first event run by the current organisers in Bristol occurred in 2010. Held at first in Bristol's Castle Park, in 2012 it was moved to College Green as a one-off due to the presence of an English Defence League march in the city centre. From 2016 the festival moved from Castle Park to the Bristol Harbourside, at Millennium Square and the Amphitheatre.[4] In 2017, 36,000 people (including duplicated attendance) attended 19 events organised by Bristol Pride.[5] To celebrate the tenth year of Bristol Pride in its current form and to accommodate ever-growing numbers of attendees, Bristol Pride moved the 2019 event from the Harbourside to the Downs, a large area of open public land in the north-west of the city.[6]


Bristol Pride Day has included headline musical acts such as Kelis, Martha Wash, Blue, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Lisa Stansfield. In 2018, singer Alexandra Burke, dance group Snap! and indie band Republica headlined the festival. The 2019 Pride Day includes a diverse line up including the Spice Girl Mel C, Sink The Pink, Ru Paul's Drag Race alumni Peppermint and the return of Sophie Ellis-Bextor.[7]



  1. ^ "Events". Bristol Pride. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  2. ^ "Parade March". Bristol Pride. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  3. ^ "OutStories - First Pride in Bristol". Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Bristol Pride | 1–10 July | Latest News". Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  5. ^ "Bristol Pride Festival". Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Bristol Pride Is On The Move". Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  7. ^ "Pride Day". Bristol Pride. Retrieved 2019-07-06.

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