Bristol Pride Day 2022
Bristol’s Pride Celebrations culminate with Pride Day taking place today (Saturday 9 July) and after a two year absence, will return to The Downs.
The event will feature multiple stages and will attract some of the biggest names in live music and entertainment, plus showcasing new and emerging talent including performances from local artists and community groups. Pride Day will also see a welcome return of the Pride Big Top, Youth Area, Family Zone and Community Area.
After a two year break caused by the pandemic, Bristol Pride have announced the annual parade march will return this year ahead of the festival on The Downs, The Parade will gather from 10am and depart Castle Park at 1045ame making its way through the city centre and onwards to the Harbourside. Anyone can take part in the parade! For members of the public, community organisations and small charities there is no need to register, you just need to show up, bring a sign and get involved.
There will be a quick shuttle service, picking up from the end of the parade and this will run throughout the day to and from The Downs. First Buses 1,2,3 and 4 also run to The Downs. You can catch the bus from The Cenotaph or from College Green.
An incredible 40,000 people made their way to The Downs in 2019 so the Pride Day Celebrations are bound to be popular once again especially considering the programme of events that have been put together.
Despite a move to a much larger site on The Downs, Bristol Pride remains a donation-only event – meaning that it can remain open and accessible to all those wishing to join in. For just £7 however, Bristol Pride have introduced Pride Day Supporter wristbands which will allow attendees to donate to the festival – and get access to lots of benefits in the process.
There are more than 100 acts across five stages running from midday to 9.30pm. Headlining Pride Day will be Canadian performer Carly Rae Jepsen. Other acts include Priyanka, the winner of Canada’s Drag Race Season 1, band Katrina and the Waves and drag queen Mary Max.
Unfortunately Alexandra Burke has had to cancel her performance after giving birth earlier this week.
In addition, the outdoor multi-stage festival will contain a highly embraced return of the Pride Big Top, Family Zone, Youth Area and Community Area, as well as plenty of bars, food, markets for attendees to enjoy in abundance.
Ana Matronic will be continuing the major festivities at Bristol Pride’s official after party at O2 Academy Bristol where she will be joined by rising local talent such as DTYM, Dirty Pop, Trans Pride South West & more.
Once again, Community Radio Station, BCfm will broadcast a special 12-hour show live from Pride, so those unable to attend the event can catch up with events as they happen, and listen to interviews with the stars and those taking part. Those living in the Bristol area can tune in on 93.2fm.