On Saturday 26th July the city centre was transformed into a constant moving sea of colour, and high spirits as the annual Pride celebration returned to Nottingham once more.
This year was different; rebranded, redesigned and remixed, temperatures soared to 28 degrees Celsius as over 20,000 people descended upon the streets of Nottingham over the weekend
The day began with a procession through the city centre towards Lace Market Square where live music and entertainment were on offer. There was entertainment from a whole host of acts taking over the stage.
The day was been viewed as a great success and wouldn’t have happened without help from official sponsors and supporters; Nottingham City Council, Metropolitan Homes, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, EON, Nottingham City Homes, Nottingham School of Samba, Articulture, The Howie Smith Project and various venues across the Creative Quarter. And of course everyone who came down to celebrate, it wouldn’t have been anything without you!
The Creative Quarter twitter account was inundated with images of everyone enjoying themselves and having a good time. If you have Post-Pride-Blues like us why not tweet us your Pride best bits @CQNottm to us so we can relive the excitement.
The official Pride Facebook account was bombarded with messages and well wishers from people who attended this year;
Babserella Rubenstein wrote,
“And so, as another Pride comes to a close I ask myself, as we always do.. was it worth it?
With swollen feet, aching limbs, headache and fatigue you may think not but it was worth it for every smile on every strangers face as the parade marched by in the streets, for the appreciation and love from a community I am so privileged and proud to be a part of, to be involved in a truly inclusive event that celebrates love in all its manifestations and more important than anything else, to be apart of an event that helps to fight injustice and prejudice”
Also our CQ reporter Cassia attended Pride this year, and as a self-proclaimed Pride veteran she had high exceptions,
“Overall, Nottingham Pride in town was a great day, as it’s always nice to celebrate and have entertainment going on right in the middle of town, the weather was beautiful and fun was being had.”
Cassia also noted that the new location created a great buzz in town and the eased fluidity of daytime to nighttime activities, with people partying to the early hours of the morning.
Business in the area benefited immensely with local bars, clubs, restaurants and retailers being busy all day bringing more footfall towards the Creative Quarter, with potential future customers.
The CQ is proud to support Nottinghamshire Pride and would like to offer a massive congratulations to the new Pride committee for all of their efforts – they all worked exceptionally hard to make Pride a success.
We are already looking forward to Pride 2015..!
Photo Credits Amy Gent
Photo Credits Sam Kirby