Rainbow of Pride set to decorate High Street
PROUD to be bigger and better than ever before is the fifth Exeter Pride festival being held in the heart of the city.
The annual event is a celebration of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and this year's packed programme will include a rainbow flag parade through the city centre on Saturday, March 23, to mark Pride Day.
The parade will start at noon from the St Sidwell Centre in Sidwell Street where people will parade their banners, including a 50m long rainbow flag, down Exeter High Street for 1pm, and along Queen Street, before arriving at Exeter Phoenix.
Afterwards there will be lots of entertainment at the venue from 2pm, including music, song and dance, plus workshops, drumming, penalty-shoot out, face painting, live bands, discussions and more. More than 1,500 people took part in last year's Pride parade and Exeter Pride is the first Pride event of the year in the UK.
A Candlelit Vigil will end the week on Sunday, March 24, at Exeter Phoenix from 8pm.
Other events taking place during Pride week include a Women Pre-Pride bop featuring comedienne Julie Jepson at the City Gate Hotel in Lower North Street on Friday, March 22, at 7.30pm, and a Pride Party at Vaults in Queen Street on Saturday, March 23.
The Pride Parade and the full Saturday line-up at Exeter Phoenix are free. For a full list of events visit www.exeterpride.co.uk