Excitement builds for Swindon & Wiltshire Pride's return

By Jessica Durston - 10 August 2022

Community

Queens Park is set to be transformed into a festival of colour this Saturday as Swindon & Wiltshire Pride returns with a new Picnic event for the town.

The event will be sponsored by Nationwide Building Society.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Pride marches in the UK, and a vibrant parade will signal the start of the day of celebrations.

A march will begin at 11:30am from the Parade, and will pass the town hall and up to Queens Park where the centrepiece picnic will take place until 6pm.

Phoenix Stewart, community engagement officer at Swindon and Wiltshire Pride, said: “This is an important anniversary for pride marches here in the UK, and it’s a popular and exciting event to be part of. It will be a march with like-minded people who are proud of their sexuality and gender identity and a sign that prejudice has no place in our community.”

Local charities - including the Samaritans - will feature, plus a youth zone with Out of the Can and a glitter stall.

In the main picnic area, there will be, food stalls and a lineup of entertainment including Adam All & Apple Derrieres, Khalysis, Snowwhite Trash, DJ Nehmi and Camilla Lewington.

The Swindon & Wilts Pride team say capacity in the park is limited so those without tickets may be required to queue to get in.

The Official After Party event will keep the night going from 7pm at Boom Battle Bar in Regent Circus, with a night of drag artists and singers.

Phoenix added: “So many businesses, artists and volunteers have been working hard to bring this event together, and we’re excited to see it finally here. This weekend is set to be a hot one so please bring your sun lotion, hats and plenty of water.”

More information about the day can be found online at swindonwiltshirepride.co.uk

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