Leicester Pride
Leicester Pride – image by Leicester Media

Leicester Pride 2023, one of the largest free LGBTQ+ events in the UK, will be celebrating its 15th anniversary this September at its new home of Abbey Park, right in the heart of Leicester city centre.

The annual event, which gets bigger each year, will bring the city together to celebrate Leicester’s diverse LGBTQ+ community on Saturday 2nd September. The festivities begin at 12 pm with a bright and colourful parade that will wind its way through the city from Curve to Leicester Pride’s new Abbey Park home where a jam-packed day of live music, entertainment, and celebration awaits.

Highlights of this year’s Pride celebration include a community market, Billy Bates funfair, the Helsinki dance tent with DJ Woody Cook, main stage performances from West End star Ria Jones and the WestEnders, Lea Martin, Typically Tina and The Wild Boys before DJ Robbie Lewis with Rebe & Kyle Shenton on sax close the event with a live set and grand firework finale at 9 pm.

Now one of the biggest, free Pride events in the UK, Leicester Pride could not take place without the support of sponsors and partners, many of whom have been in place since its beginning 15 years ago.

Martyn Parker Chair & Director of Leicester Pride said “We’re incredibly excited to move to our new, bigger home at Abbey Park, something that has been in the planning for over 3 years now and we are extremely grateful for everyone’s support. Keeping pride free and accessible for everyone has always been at the heart of Leicester Pride so we’re hugely thankful to our sponsors who with us, continue to ensure that our wonderful city is able to come together and celebrate.

Simon Harrison, Event Manager added “Without the support of all these partners Leicester Pride would not be able to evolve into the event it is today and keep it free for all.”

Headline sponsors for 2023 include Aggregate Industries Barratt Homes and Sytner Group, Dunelm and Centrica as well as Curve, Leicester City Council, Billy Bates Funfair and Indigo Bars who run Helsinki, Dover Castle and Rainbow & Dove bars, Aspire, Avantor, DHL, DHU Healthcare, Hastings Direct, iOSH, Pick Everard, PepsiCo, The Secret Garden, Get Bizzled and NEXT. 

Craig Thorpe, Director of Leicester Pride said “This is our 15th year and I’m so proud of all our team who work tirelessly throughout the year to bring this free event to enable our diverse communities to enjoy and celebrate such a great day….without our sponsors this event simply would not happen, myself and the whole team would like to thank them all for their current and past support over the last 15 years”

Leicester Pride will take place on Saturday 2nd September, starting at 12pm outside Curve. The Abbey Park festival will be accessed via the Charters Street Bridge.

To find out more, follow @leicesterpride on social media or visit www.leicesterpride.com

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