Bristol Pride Plans Reduced Amid COVID Concerns

Bristol Pride Plans Reduced Amid COVID Concerns

Bristol Pride have announced a reduction to their plans for Pride Celebrations in the city this year following the extending of COVID restrictions.

Following the latest Government announcement to delay the roadmap out of lockdown, this has meant that several of the festivals events have had to be revised or postponed. The parade march and Pride day gathering have both been postponed and as nightclubs are still not permitted to reopen yet, the official after-party has also been cancelled.

Organisers had planned the event, which would have culminated in a smaller than usual gathering in the city’s Castle Park, in the hope that coronavirus restrictions would be eased on 21 June and was due to feature a food market, family and youth areas and roaming live performances as well as an after party in 02 Academy.

Eve Russell, Festival Director said “We’re so sad to announce that we have taken the decision to postpone the Parade March and our planned Pride Day Gathering on 10th July, at such short notice.

“ Following the government announcement to delay the roadmap, we have met with Public Health, Bristol City Council and Avon & Somerset Police to discuss the feasibility of all parts of these events. We had robustly planned all our events to ensure they could go ahead had the rules not been relaxed, but sadly COVID-19 cases are rising significantly in Bristol, particularly among young people, and it just won’t be possible to deliver the day in a way that is safe at this time. While the majority of our programmed events are able to go ahead, the Pride Dog Show on 3rd July will also be postponed and as nightclubs will not be permitted to reopen, the Official After-Party on 10th July will, unfortunately, be cancelled.”

The Pride Dog Show which had been planned for Saturday, July 3 has also been postponed as a result of the Government’s decision to delay the lifting of lockdown.

The following tweet was posted on Bristol Pride’s website :

Details of the remaining events and revised plans can be found on the Bristol Pride Website