Pride is back on parade in Norwich - all you need to know about the event

The Norwich Pride parade. Picture: Denise Bradley The Norwich Pride parade. Picture: Denise Bradley

Thursday, July 24, 2014
9:21 AM

The final preparations are being made for the sixth annual Norwich Pride, which takes to the streets of the city on Saturday.

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Programme of events

* Pride opening ceremony, 10.30am at the Forum. Join the official start of the sixth Norwich Pride.

* Beyond a fringe issue: Why everyone should care about trans rights, 11am, The Curve at the Forum. Talk by musician and activist CN Lester.

* Entertainment and picnic, noon, Chapelfield Gardens.Bring your friends and family and a picnic and have a bite to eat while enjoying entertainment on the bandstand from Dead Goats, Bean Juice Electrical Fire, Johnny Jump Band and ballroom dancing.

Question Time Debate, noon, the Curve at the Forum.Featuring human rights activist Peter Tatchell, director of education and training LGBT History Month Elly Barnes and musician and trans/LGBT activist CN Lester.

* The Parade, 2pm. Follow the sounds of the Norwich Samba Band as the parade makes its way through the city. Starting at Chapelfield Gardens and looping its way through the city centre, taking in Gentleman’s Walk, passing City Hall, going through Millennium Plain and back to Chapelfield Gardens. Dress to impress and help turn Norwich into a rainbow. Look out for the Sing with Pride Choir.

* Pride show and speeches, 3.30pm-5pm: Chapelfield Gardens. Entertainment around the bandstand after the parade, with CN Lester, Kimberley Moore, Voter Kernel and Dan Herman.

* Norwich Pride After Party, 10pm-6.30am: Loft NR1, Rose Lane. Last entry 3am for non-members.

* Lost nightclub, Prince of Wales Road, 8pm-2am: S Club performing live at the Norwich nightspot.

With an official opening ceremony at 10.30am at the Forum, this year’s family-friendly event will include music, dance, art and talks, and welcomes back human rights activist Peter Tatchell.

Its mission is to ensure Norwich is a city where everyone can feel safe and proud to be themselves.

Hilary Stelling, from Norwich Pride, said: “You don’t have to be gay to attend. It’s a big party and there is something for everyone. It will be like a Norwich carnival.”

Families are invited to a Picnic in the Park in Chapelfield Gardens from noon, before the parade sends a riot of music and colour through the city centre from 2pm.

What’s on for children and young people

Youth: Breakfast with BLAH LGBT Youth, 10am in Fusion at the Forum. Be the first to see the Proud Schools multimedia exhibition, showcasing the work of Norfolk Schools tackling homophobia and transphobia in the classroom and the playground.

For kids: Storytime, 11am-noon in the Millennium Children’s Library. Storytime and simple activity aimed at under-eights, but any child can join in.

For kids, youth (and adults): Puppet Works, noon-1.30pm in Chapelfield Gardens. Puppet Works is aimed at helping children learn, grow and have fun through the art of puppet-making. Time to imagine, make and play.

For kids: Taking part in Pride. All day. Children are welcome throughout the day. There is also the option of bringing a picnic to Chapelfield Gardens for Picnic in the Park from noon until 2pm, when the parade starts. Children can take part in the main section of the parade.

This year, entertainment after the parade will be back at Chapelfield Gardens and not at the Forum.

The county’s schools have also been involved in the event, putting together a multimedia exhibition about tackling homophobia and transphobia in the classroom and the playground.

Opening with a special breakfast at 10am on Saturday, Proud Schools will be open to the public until 5pm at Fusion in the Forum.

Organiser Michelle Savage, a youth development worker, who has been working with the children, said: “I have been really impressed by the work schools have been doing and how open the young people have been to ideas. We did a Pride mastermind and it was really lovely seeing the questions the kids were coming up with.”

Children at Angel Road junior school have been making flags for gay pride. Photo: Bill SmithChildren at Angel Road junior school have been making flags for gay pride. Photo: Bill Smith

The exhibition, which features films, posters, photos and radio interviews from pupils all over Norfolk, has been made to look like a classroom. As well as the work on screen, the room will be filled with artwork from children exploring identity, celebrating diversity and explaining why it’s not OK to use gay as an insult.

Pupils at Horning Primary School were asked to produce a logo for the Proud Schools exhibition, with Megan Swann creating the winning design.

And children at Angel Road Junior School in Norwich made flags for the exhibition, exploring the idea of identity by featuring things that were important in their lives. “Being gay isn’t wrong,” said Felix Lorenzen, 10.

“If you are gay, you should be free to say whatever you like and not be punished for it.”

Evie MacCallum, 10, said: “You can be proud if you are gay or a lesbian – you should be proud of yourself and who you are.”

Are you organising an event in Norwich? Let us know by emailing newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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