The UK Pride season is back in a big way for 2022. It's a time when thousands of gay boys take to the streets, and we're delighted to see them after all the upsetting event cancellations of the last two years. The LGBTQ rights movement has made tremendous strides over the past few decades. Much of the progress in visibility is thanks in part to Gay Pride parades held in cities around the world.

The global landscape for LGBTQ rights, protections and acceptance varies tremendously by location. In normal times some destinations attract millions of visitors to their events like Madrid Gay Pride, Sao Paulo Gay Pride or San Francisco Gay Pride, while more than 70 other countries have laws that allow discrimination or persecution of LGBTQ people.

You only have to look at recent events in Russia, Poland and Hungary to know just how important this continuing fight for rights is. We are proud that the UK has grown from having 4 or 5 annual events decades ago, to more than 180 now - it's a fantastic achievement. It certainly hasn't been easy for those involved.

What is Gay Pride?

Gay Pride events, including Gay Pride parades and festivals were started in major urban centers to improve the visibility, acceptance and legal protections for LGBTQ people living in those communities. While the aim of Pride day started with a political nature, many cities around the world have such wide acceptance and legal protections that their events have now become a celebration of Pride for all.

Depending on the country or city where the event is being held, the marches and parades often campaign for recognition and acceptance of same-sex marriage, legal protections for couples and families, anti-discrimination laws or trans rights. Although there are still obstacles in achieving full acceptance and protections for the LGBTQ community, recent progress has been significant.

A Brief History of Gay Pride

On 28th June of 1969, a group of LGBTQ people in New York City rioted following a police raid of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar located on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. This series of events was a turning point for the LGBTQ community and marks one of the most significant events leading to the modern gay rights movement. The following year in June, organised demonstrations took place in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco to mark the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. As the years went on, additional cities in North America and Europe began to hold their own public demonstrations or a Pride day, eventually leading to what we know today as Gay Pride parades and festivals.

Find out more about the significance of Pride in the UK and around the world in our feature: Why Pride Is Important.

When is Gay Pride?

Gay Pride events and parades take place throughout the year with the majority in the summer months, with the last being on 1st October. We have the details of events throughout the UK during 2022. If you want to find out more just click on the name of each event OR the rainbow flag.

August 2022
12 Aug 2022
from 12:00 to
14 Aug 2022 20:00
Levenshulme Pride   
Levenshulme
Greater Manchester, Lancashire
12 Aug 2022
from 12:00 to
14 Aug 2022 16:00
Pride Youth Games Scotland   
Largs
Largs, Ayrshire
13 Aug 2022
and
14 Aug 2022
Chester Pride   
Castle square
Chester, Cheshire CH1 2DW
13 Aug 2022
11:00 to 23:00
 
Colchester Pride   
Firstsite
Colchester, Essex CO1 1JH
13 Aug 2022
from 11:00 to
14 Aug 2022 20:00
Plymouth Pride   
Albion Rugby Club
Plymouth, Devon PL1 2PU
13 Aug 2022
12:00 to 19:00
 
Gravesham Pride   
Fort Gardens, Milton Place
Gravesham, Kent DA12 1DD
13 Aug 2022
12:00 to 01:00
 
Perthshire Pride   
Perth Concert Hall
Perth, Perthshire
13 Aug 2022
from 12:00
 
Swindon and Wiltshire Pride   
Old Town Gardens
Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 4EN
13 Aug 2022
12:45 to 18:00
 
Wigan Pride   
Mesnes Park Terrace
Wigan, Lancashire WN1 1SU
13 Aug 2022
14:00 to 20:00
 
Margate Pride   
Margate Main Sands
Margate, Kent
14 Aug 2022
11:00 to 22:00
 
Wakefield Pride   
Wood Street
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
14 Aug 2022
12:00 to 20:00
 
UK Black Pride   
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Stratford, London
19 Aug 2022
from 12:00 to
21 Aug 2022 21:30
Crawley Pride   
Goffs Park
Crawley, West Sussex RH11 8PG
20 Aug 2022
11:00 to 22:00
 
Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Pride   
The Walks
Kings Lynn, Norfolk
20 Aug 2022
11:00 to 23:00
 
New Forest Pride   
New Milton Recreation Ground
Lymington, Hampshire SO45 6BZ
20 Aug 2022
11:00 to 18:00
 
Warwickshire Pride   
Pump Room Gardens
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 4AA
20 Aug 2022
from 11:30 to
22 Aug 2022 23:00
Medway Pride   
Rochester Castle
Rochester, Kent ME1 1FG
20 Aug 2022
12:00 to 22:00
 
Herts Pride   
Cassiobury Park
Watford, Hertfordshire WD18 7LG
20 Aug 2022
12:00 to 23:00
 
High Wycombe Pride   
Pauls Row
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
20 Aug 2022
12:00 to 23:00
 
Keighley Pride   
Cougar Park, Royd Ings Ave
Keighley, West Yorkshire BD21 3RF
20 Aug 2022
12:00 to 22:00
 
Lincoln Pride   
City Square
Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN1 1XP
20 Aug 2022
12:00 to 16:00
 
Trans Pride Brum   
Pigeon Park
Birmingham, West Midlands
20 Aug 2022
12:00 to 20:00
 
Trans Pride Northern Ireland   
Writerís Square
Belfast BT1 2NQ
22 Aug 2022
from 12:00 to
28 Aug 2022 16:00
Foyle Pride   
Derry
Londonderry, Belfast
22 Aug 2022
from 12:00 to
28 Aug 2022 23:00
Pride Ludlow   
Multiple Venues
Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1BP
25 Aug 2022
until
29 Aug 2022
Manchester Pride   
Manchester
Manchester, Lancashire
26 Aug 2022
from 12:00 to
28 Aug 2022 20:00
Northumberland Pride   
Ridley Park
Blyth, Northumberland NE24 3PJ
27 Aug 2022
 
 
Pride at the Seaside   
New Brighton, Wirral
Wallasey, Merseyside
27 Aug 2022
10:30 to 20:00
 
Hastings Pride   
The Oval, Bohemia Road
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1QN
27 Aug 2022
11:00 to 16:00
 
Dover Pride   
Dover Town, Biggin Hall
Dover, Kent CT16 1DW
27 Aug 2022
11:00 to 21:00
 
Seahaven Pride   
Martello Fields
Seaford, East Sussex BN25 1JD
27 Aug 2022
11:00 to 23:00
 
Southampton Pride   
Guildhall Square and West Marlands Road
Southampton, Hampshire
27 Aug 2022
from 12:00 to
28 Aug 2022 20:00
Cymru Pride   
City Hall Lawns
Cardiff CF10 3RB
27 Aug 2022
12:00 to 22:00
 
Pride In Surrey   
Park
Godalming, Surrey GU21 4AL
27 Aug 2022
12:00 to 20:00
 
Walsall Pride   
Gallery Square
Walsall, West Midlands WS2 8AT
28 Aug 2022
12:00 to 17:00
 
Brighton Dog Pride   (New Date)
Preston Park
Brighton, East Sussex
28 Aug 2022
12:00 to 21:00
 
SESKU Pride   
Stockingate, South Kirkby
Pontefract, East Yorkshire WF9 3PG
September 2022
03 Sep 2022
10:00 to 23:00
 
Basildon Pride Festival   
Basildon Sporting Village
Basildon, Essex SS14 3GR
03 Sep 2022
10:00 to 23:00
 
Totnes Pride   
Totnes center
Totnes, Devon TQ9 5FS
03 Sep 2022
11:00 to 23:00
 
Chase Pride   
Hednesford Park
Hednesford, Staffordshire WS12 1TB
03 Sep 2022
11:00 to 23:00
 
Didsbury Pride   
Didsbury
Manchester, Lancashire
03 Sep 2022
11:00 to 21:00
 
Great Yarmouth Pride   
Great Yarmouth
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 3LD
03 Sep 2022
from 11:00
 
Guernsey Channel Islands Pride   
Candie Gardens, St. Peter Port
Guernsey, Channel Islands GY1 1UP
03 Sep 2022
12:00 to 20:00
 
Calderdale Pride   
Halifax Town Centre
Halifax, West Yorkshire HX1 1DL
03 Sep 2022
12:00 to 20:00
 
Leicester Pride   
Victoria Park
Leicester, Leicestershire
03 Sep 2022
12:00 to 20:00
 
Pride in Moray   
Moray centre
Moray, Morayshire
03 Sep 2022
12:00 to 19:00
 
Reading Pride   
King's Meadow
Reading, Berkshire RG1 8BN
03 Sep 2022
14:00 to 22:00
 
Bi Fi Festival UK   
People's Palace
Mile End, London E1 6GJ
08 Sep 2022
until
11 Sep 2022
Soul Pride   
Wasing Park
Reading, Berkshire
09 Sep 2022
20:00 to 23:59
 
MOBILISE 2022   
The Exchange
Birmingham, West Midlands B1 2DR
10 Sep 2022
10:30 to 19:00
 
Pride in Gloucestershire   
Gloucester Park
Gloucester, Gloustershire GL1 1LY
10 Sep 2022
from 11:00
 
Jersey Channel Islands Pride   
Jardins de La Mer, St Helier
Jersey, Channel Islands JE2 3QA
10 Sep 2022
12:00 to 23:59
 
Derby Pride   
Markeaton Park
Derby, Derbyshire DE22 4AA
10 Sep 2022
12:00 to 18:30
 
Eastleigh Pride   
Leigh Road Recreational Ground
Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 4FW
10 Sep 2022
12:00 to 19:00
 
Haringey Pride   
Ducketts Common
Haringey, Surrey N22 7SG
10 Sep 2022
12:00 to 22:30
 
Milton Keynes Pride Festival   
Campbell Park
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK9 3NZ
10 Sep 2022
12:00 to 21:00
 
Oban Pride   
Corran Halls
Oban, Argyll PA34 5AB
10 Sep 2022
14:00 to 19:00
 
Omagh Pride   
South West College
Omagh, Belfast BT79 7AH
17 Sep 2022
 
 
Chorlton Pride   
Chorlton
Manchester, Lancashire M21 9AE
17 Sep 2022
from 11:45
 
Fife Pride   
Kirkcaldy Town Square
Kirkcaldy, Fife
17 Sep 2022
12:00 to 20:00
 
Bi Pride UK   
London
London
24 Sep 2022
from 10:30 to
25 Sep 2022 23:00
Birmingham Pride   
Birmingham Gay Village, Hurst Street
Birmingham, West Midlands
24 Sep 2022
10:30 to 16:00
 
Preston Pride   
Preston Flag Market
Preston, Lancashire PR1 2AP
24 Sep 2022
12:00 to 22:00
 
Cumbria Pride   
Carlisle
Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8UR
25 Sep 2022
 
 
Rainbow Train (Part of Bury Pride)   
Bolton Street Station
Bury, Lancashire
October 2022
01 Oct 2022
10:00 to 23:00
 
Worcestershire Pride   
Copenhagen Street Car Park
Worcester, Worcestershire WR1 2DP

We hope you enjoy these very special and important events with Pride. It's fantastic that UK Pride is back in 2022 and there's plenty of opportunity for you to have a really great time!

Find out more about the significance of Pride in the UK and around the world in our feature: Why Pride Is Important.

 

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