First pride parade for over a decade will march through Cheltenham

With drag performances, live music and a huge parade, Cheltenham Pride is hosting the biggest pride event the town has ever seen in 2023.

By Kaleigh Pritchard  |  Published
Cheltenham Pride is bringing back a pride parade for the first time in more than 10 years.

Cheltenham Pride has announced the date for what's set to be the biggest pride event in the town to date.

The Cheltenham Pride Festival takes place on Saturday 13 May 2023 as a collaboration between the newly established Cheltenham Pride and Pride in Gloucestershire.

With a series of joyous events staged throughout the day, this year's event includes the first pride parade in the town for over a decade, an official after-party and a live showing of the highly-anticipated Eurovision grand final at an exciting soon to be announced venue. 

Plus, a mystery contestant from RuPaul's Drag Race UK will headline the show.

Cheltenham Pride and Pride in Gloucestershire are excited to bring together the community and its allies for a celebration of freedom and LGBTQ+ culture.

Founder and chair of Cheltenham Pride, Anya McKenna, said: 'It's more important now than ever to show our support for trans people and the whole LGBTQ+ community. The event will be a celebration for all.'

Following the pride parade at 11am, the festivities continue in Cheltenham's Imperial Gardens with drag performances; live music; local food and drink vendors; and stalls stocked full of fierce fashion and accessories to show pride in style.

Cheltenham Pride is a not-for-profit collective, launched to connect the LGBTQ+ community within the Gloucestershire town.

Run entirely by volunteers, the team has more than 50 years of combined experience as Pride organisers, with a mission 'to create a safe space where people can come together to celebrate their true authentic selves'.

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