Nottingham Pride is a fun day celebrating the LGBT+ community. With businesses all over the city contributing, a stunning march and community spirit, Pride is a fun event for anyone to take part in and show their support.
The parade began in the morning and ended in Hockley, where most of the festivities took place. The streets here had been transformed with vivid rainbow stripes painted across them, which really made it look the part. The variety of people dressed in rainbow colours marching was very cool to see. In Hockley, there were plenty of stalls from various charities and companies offering all sorts of interesting things to be involved with- lots of information, support, positivity, activities and things to buy. Throughout the afternoon some performances took place, which included talented drag queens.
The atmosphere was very fun and light hearted, despite the rain! As it is an event with acceptance and equality at it's heart, it's very welcoming for both LGBT people and allies. There were friendly, open groups you could join for the equality march, in order to keep everybody safe and happy.
The colourful outfits Pride-goers put together are fabulous and add something special to the event, and it's fun to spot some cool ones. From rainbow striped bags to hats to full on drag, anything and everything goes at Pride. Even some adorable puppies were decked out in rainbow costumes!
While the depressing weather put a damper on the afternoon, the positivity and excitement of the event seemed to infect the whole city, and brightened up Nottingham's drizzly gloom. Everybody was in the spirit of happiness and acceptance for the day.
Independent businesses took the opportunity to support Nottingham's LGBT community and had all sorts of cool things- The Pudding Pantry had rainbow cupcakes, Doughnotts rainbow doughnuts, Cow Vintage had a collection of rainbow clothes, and Handmade Notts had free Pride themed pins. This meant that after the parade, there were still things to do in the afternoon.
While I didn't experience any myself, there was also lots of night-time events at venues throughout Nottingham to keep the party going.
The only downsides to Pride was how busy it got. The streets were heaving with people, which is good in some ways, but quite overwhelming and made it slightly difficult to get around.
Overall, Nottingham Pride is a fun celebration for anyone and everyone to go along to and experience the colourful madness. I would rate it an 8/10.