Plymouth’s first proper outdoor gay pride celebration held at Devonport Park on Saturday 28th July was a great success 100′s of photos have been shared on Facebook showing even more smiley and happy people of all ages. We were blessed with the weather as the sun shone down on us for most of the day. A very short shower passed and the low sun returned with vengeance. We brought over 1000 people together to celebrate the diversity that exists amongst us.
The event was opened by Chief Inspector Marcus Laine (Devon and Cornwall Police) who was very supportive of the event and spent time after the opening walking around meeting and talking to people. Devon and Cornwall police had a stall supporting their ‘building safer communities’ program. Many local PCSO’s visited the park throughout the day, again walking around talking to people and generally enjoying the atmosphere.
We wanted the entertainment to be Plymouth centric so we invited Miss Alexus Vanderpump Plymouth’s first resident drag queen back to Plymouth to co-host the entertainment on the stage with our own local singer Jazmin. The Acts including Jo James, Girl Friday, Kirsty Johnson ,Danny J and Hawkins own Miss Pussyfat making his début appearance outside of the pub. All the acts gave up their time FREE of charge putting their own Pride in Plymouth, giving the event a true sense of Plymouth identity.
Our stall community included small community groups sharing their knowledge and experience, commercial stalls, Trade Unions, Eddystone Trust, GU Medicine, face painting, glitter and henna tattoos, and more.
I just wanted to write and say what a fantastic day we had at Pride in the Park. Everything was organised really well and we got lots of attention and questions from those attending. We would very much look forward to being there next year and would be grateful if you contacted us once you have dates and times. Congratulations on all your hard work resulting in a wonderful day.
Saltash Chiropractic Clinic
Youth Chances was at Pride in the Park providing Plymouth’s young people with a chance of contributing to the biggest ever social research and influencing project of its kind, aimed at improving the lives of 16-25 year old lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning young people. Around 40 16-25 year olds completed the on-line survey at Plymouth Pride on July 28th 2012 and a further 20 contacts were collected for follow-up.
It was a pleasure to be with everyone in Plymouth! Missed us? If you are aged 16 to 25 years old and are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning you can find the survey here www.youthchances.org/survey
Dan – Youth Chances
Prism Gay Night brought a welcome twist to the event with the DJ playing a selection of the mixes played at the White Rabbit on Tuesday nights at their stall. We received several enquiries from DJ’s that wanted to play at the event unfortunately with only one stage and six or so hours it was not possible to accommodate them this year - growth opportunity for 2013.
What a fantastic day at PRIDE in the PARK (Plymouth)!
Prism was VERY proud to be a part of it and so grateful for the huge amount of support we got.
The turnout was absolutely outstanding!
Thank you to the lovely organisers at Pride in Plymouth for all the effort that went in to making it such a success.
We are buzzing for next year’s pride already!
Prism Gay Night (on Facebook)
The Pride in Our Past project in collaboration with the Plymouth and West Devon records office presented the Plymouth LGBT Archive at the event. The Community and Heritage Group award for ‘most inspirational community archive 2011′ was presented to volunteers of the Pride in Our Past project on the stage at the bandstand.
We would like to thank our volunteers that worked tirelessly throughout the day to ensure the event was a success. Many stayed late into the evening as we cleared up and dismantled the stage and sound system.
We will soon announce an open wash up meeting, if you would like to volunteer to help organise next years event please contact us