PARADE TO KICK START ISLE OF WIGHT PRIDE ON SATURDAY

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MAP: The Isle of Wight’s very first Pride event will get underway with a colourful parade through the streets of Ryde on Saturday (15th July).

Thousands of people from across the country are set to descend on the seaside town for a celebration of love and equality within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

At 11:00 the Pride Parade will set off from Ryde School with groups walking, strolling and shimmying their way down through the town to the Esplanade. The parade will head towards the Pride Arena at Harbour Beach, where the day’s activities will get underway.

Tickets for the main event, where up to 5,000 people will enjoy music, entertainment, food and drink, have now sold out. However, tickets for the Isle of Wight Pride official After Party featuring The Freemasons, Alex Baker, Tony Walton, Nick Pillow, Alfie Ordinary and Jacqui Swallows are still available. You can purchase your after party tickets at https://www.picatic.com/IWPrideAfterParty.

Minister for Women & Equalities Justine Greening has welcomed this weekend’s celebrations:

“I am delighted to support this year’s Pride celebrations, a key moment to show how far LGBT people have come in the fight for equality. It is also a chance to showcase our country’s values of tolerance, acceptance and openness to the rest of the world.

“It is also a reminder of the work we still have to do to stamp out homophobic bullying and hate crime, which can have such a damaging impact on LGBT people’s lives. That is why we’re working with a range of partners such as Stonewall, Barnardo’s and LGBT Consortium to stamp out anti-LGBT bullying in our schools. We are educating young people about accepting and respecting each other’s individuality with a £3m anti-LGBT bullying programme and we are investing £300,000 as part of the cross-government Hate Crime Action Plan in programmes to tackle hate crime in communities.

“I hope everyone across the country has a fantastic time celebrating Pride and the progress we’ve made in the fight for equality, as we build a fairer, more equal future for everyone.”

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