Derby Pride marks landmark anniversary with parade and street party

Thie year’s Derby Pride, taking place on Saturday 9 September 2017, will be bigger than ever and mark the landmark anniversary of 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality.

Last year’s event didn’t go ahead due to lack of funding through Government cuts but this year the celebration of equal rights and LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex and Asexual) community, organised by Derbyshire LGBT+, will take in a parade and a street party festival. Bramble Street will be closed and Curzon Street partially closed between 6am and 11pm on the day to allow the street fair and party to take place, including a music stage, food and drink stalls and information stands.

Following last year’s cancellation the 2017 Derby Pride event has received funding from the National Lottery Fund and support from a number of partners including Derby City Council.

All of the event is open to all and free to attend and those wanting to take part in the parade should meet at St Peter’s Churchyard at 11am. Fitting with the theme of 50 Years On the parade will be themed by decade from the 1960s to today and people are asked to dress according to their favoured time and walk along with the marching band.

Set to pass down St Peter’s Street to the Market Place before heading along Sadlergate and Cheapside toward Curzon Street where music entertainment will begin. There will be sets from tribute acts as well as the X Factor’s Freddy Parker and The Voice’s Cleo Higgins, and from 6pm a DJ set to end the night before the after-party moves into The Crown.

The Derbyshire LGBT+ centre on Bramble Street will also be open on the day where an exhibition, which has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, explores the history of LGBT lives in Derbyshire since the landmark legislation 50 years ago which partially decriminalised male homosexuality. The event – which made sex between two men aged over 21 in private legal – was a milestone in equality but was far from the end of the journey for sexual and gender equality in the UK.

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