WELL DONE to all the volunteers and supporters that made Plymouth Pride in the Park 2013 such a great success we certainly built on the foundations laid last year.
Pride in the Park 2013 – Plymouth’s second proper outdoor Pride took place on Saturday 20th July and was lucky with one of the hottest days of the year. The event returned to Devonport Park ‘The Peoples Park’ bringing people and organisations together to celebrate the diversity that exist amongst the LGBT communities in Plymouth and surrounding areas. Volunteers were there from 9am to set up the event and there was some fantastic camaraderie going on between stall holders as gazebos were set up in some windy conditions. The event itself began with an official opening speech from the Deputy Lord Mayor, Nigel Churchill, who spoke about the importance of the event and diversity in the city being represented and celebrated.
Speeches were also given by a Senior Police official, as officers supported the event throughout the day, and Councillor for Devonport, Kate Taylor, who said how proud she was to be part of the event.
Plymouth MPs Alison Seabeck and Oliver Colvile couldn’t be at the event due to prior engagements however they both sent messages of support:
“So sorry not to be there not least because I am sure there will be a massive celebration of the fact that equal marriage rights now exist. We still have a way to go and need not to let up when it comes to tackling prejudice and worse. However, today is a day to celebrate so I hope everyone has a great day and thank those involved in organising this important annual event”
– Alison Seabeck MP
“I am sorry that I can’t be with you today but I have to be out of Plymouth at another event. I would like to use this opportunity to wish you the best of luck in this event and hope it is a great success. As you know, I voted for same sex marriage because I believe in equality irrespective of sex, race or faith. I very much look forward to meeting you and hope you have a great day.”
– Oliver Colvile MP
The Deputy Lord Mayor and Mayoress then spent time viewing all the stalls and meeting all the people who had contributed to the day. Among them with the Plymouth Humanist’s who used the event to launch Plymouth GALHA (Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association) the first to be created outside of the main GALHA group in London. The event was expanded upon with additional participants including PRISM who brought their monthly club night to Pride with a separate dance stage. The Intercom Trust were also in attendance to promote their LGBT Voices in Action project and, for the second year, they supported the event through the Prudence De Villiers memorial fund that was left in 2010 by our predecessor Pride Event that organised Plymouth’s first Pride held at Plymouth Guildhall in 2007.
The main stage utilising the HLF funded bandstand was filled with a wide variety of acts and was ably hosted by Plymouth’s premier drag queen, Miss Pussyfat, and also Jazim who not only sang for the crowd but brought together many of the acts on the stage throughout the day who all gave their time and talent for free.
The temperature went over the 25 degree mark which led to our team of committed volunteers distributing free bottles of water to make sure everyone could continue to enjoy the day in comfort.
The Eddystone Trust and staff from Plymouth GUM clinic returned to Pride in the Park were they were able to provide a whole range of screening services.
There were several requests for the event to continue after we hit the 7 o’clock close as people were still having such an amazing time and didn’t want the afternoon to end. A very clear indication of the importance of this event to the LGBT communities of Plymouth and we look forward to continuing the growth with Plymouth Pride in 2014. PRIDE is Loud and Proud in Plymouth!
We are very grateful for the support we receive from the community the fund raisers held in the venues, personal donations, and contributions on the day. We would particularly like to thank Hawkins Meeting House for raising £435 and the Compass Inn for sponsoring many of the community stalls at the Park.
The venues picked up the party in the evening delivering a good choice of events that continued well into Sunday Morning.
Pride in the Park is a community event that is organised by volunteers we rely on fund-raisers, donations, sponsorship and the money we raise on the day through the bar, raffle and Pride stall.
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