Applications now open to be part of Northampton Pride 2023

Applications now open to be part of Northampton Pride 2023

Performers, food vendors, stallholders, volunteers, and community groups are invited to take part in this year’s Northampton Pride, which will take place on Saturday, 8 July from 11am to 6.30pm.

The event, which is organised by the Northampton Pride Committee and West Northants Council’s LGBTQ+ and Allies Forum, celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and encourages acceptance and equality for all.

Previous celebrations have seen organisations such as Q Space, The Lowdown, Outlaws and Kinky Boots, Northampton Leisure Trust and Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust taking part by holding pop-up shops.

The Pride Parade, which has become a central part of the celebrations, will also be taking place as part of this year’s event, starting in Northampton Town Centre at 11am and finishing at the University of Northampton’s Waterside Campus, where there will be a range of stalls and live entertainment until 6.30pm.

The event, now in its 6th year, offers local groups, organisations and performers the chance to show their commitment to creating a tolerant and fair society for all.

Cllr David Smith, West Northamptonshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement, and Regulatory Services, said: “The council is committed to promoting equality and diversity in all aspects of our work and we are proud to support LGBTQ+ residents and colleagues all year round.

“The Northampton Pride celebration provides an opportunity for us to come together and show that we value inclusivity and the contribution all communities make to our county, and I am looking forward to seeing even more new faces getting involved this year.”

Northampton Pride is a free event that relies on the generous support of groups and organisations. Sponsorship opportunities are available to anyone who wants to support the event and demonstrate their commitment to inclusion for everyone.

Local bands, performers, small businesses, and residents who would like to take part in this year’s event can register their interest on the WNC website by 1 March, 2023.

Matthew Toresen, co-chair of the LGBTQ Forum, said: “We’re proud to represent our diverse community in West Northants and really excited to build on the success of last year’s Pride event with an even more fantastic offer this year. I can’t wait to see everyone on the 8th July!”

For more details on the Pride event and available sponsorship packages, please visit the Northampton Pride webpage.

 

Wilson Browne