Essex Pride came back with a bang on 21st August at Central Park in Chelmsford! With many events being delayed or cancelled this year, it was amazing to see this event come to fruition and bring people together.
Essex Pride is an annual celebration of LGBT+ life in Essex and beyond. Establishing itself since it began in 2003 as a cornerstone event showcasing Essex’s successful approach to diversity and inclusion. It even became a factor in Chelmsford being granted City Status in 2012 by her Majesty the Queen.
It’s an event for the whole community, and it’s more than just a huge party. Pride inspires everyone to embrace equality and demonstrates that people from all walks of life can join together and celebrate diversity. Essex Pride is a not-for-profit registered charity. It runs on behalf of the LGBT+ community of Essex by a volunteer board of Trustees. All proceeds made from ticketing and fundraising go towards the operational and running costs of Essex Pride.
This year Axis sponsored 500 towards Essex Pride for the second time in a row, having previously sponsored it in 2019. The event filled up with entertainment and something for everyone to enjoy. There were live performances from a range of artists including Nadine Coyle!
First Essex, one of the main transportation companies in the area that operate a network of over 70 bus services linking towns and villages across the region used the day to showcase their brand-new Pride-themed bus. The Pride in Essex bus will be a long-standing symbol of awareness & support, so if you live in the Essex area keep an eye out for it!
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