This year Warwickshire celebrates its sixth annual Pride in Leamington Spa. Here is everything you need to know.
To celebrate LGBTQ life in Warwickshire, there will be a family-friendly day event on the 18th August in the Warwickshire town of Leamington Spa. It takes place at the Pump Room Gardens in the town centre.
Is there a Parade for Warwickshire Pride?
There is no parade for Warwickshire Pride, instead, the event takes place in the Pump Room Gardens. The entertainment starts at 11:00 AM and goes on until 6:00 PM. There will also be plenty of information and shop stalls to visit as well as food outlets and a Pride Bar.
This year’s theme is “Raise Your Rainbow” to celebrate 40 years of the iconic Rainbow Flag – the worldwide symbol for LGBT+ pride. It was designed by Gilbert Baker in the US. Sadly he died last year.
Speaking about why this year’s theme was important a spokesperson for Warwickshire Pride said, “We chose this theme to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Gilbert Baker creating the rainbow flag. It has since gone on to become an instantly recognisable symbol for the LGBT+ community and is used around the world. We want to say thank you to Gilbert Baker and encourage everyone to raise a rainbow with us at this year’s Warwickshire Pride, both as a protest and a celebration”.
Is Warwickshire Pride free to attend?
Warwickshire Pride is completely free to attend and so is the after party.
Is there an after party for Warwickshire Pride?
Yes, on Saturday night there is an afterparty to which everybody is invited to join and it’s completely free. It will take place at the Big Cat Coma in Leamington Spa (CV31 3AN) and takes place from 8 PM until 2 AM.
Who is performing at Warwickshire pride?
There’s a whole host of performers at Warwickshire’s pride. Here is the current running order, which might be subject to change.
11 AM – 12 PM
Warwickshire PCC, Philip Seccombe
Tarn & Co
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
The Sheekie Dance Crew
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Nona The Poet
The Big Rainbow Bake Off
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM