York Pride 2019 will launch this Friday (12 April) – as plans for another citywide celebration step up a gear.
This year’s York Pride will take place on Saturday 8 June when the streets of York will once again be alive with colour as parade travels from the Minster to Knavesmire.
And on board as sponsor this year is York’s Ultra Fibre Optic (UFO) from TalkTalk, the superfast broadband network being rolled out across the city.
The York Pride 2019 launch at York St John University will see sponsors and supporters come together to reflect on and celebrate the achievements of 2018.
And organisers will share plans on how to involve more organisations and community groups to make York the friendliest place to be LGBT.
There will be speakers from York Pride, Make It York and a number of York Pride supporters and sponsors.
Even bigger crowd
York Pride is the annual celebration of the LGBT+ community and is expected to attract an even bigger crowd during a June day of celebration.
It starts with a parade from York Minster to the Knavesmire, where there will be a free family day filled with live music and entertainment on two stages, funfair, food and drink stalls plus local traders and charities.
Chair of York Pride Greg Stephenson said:
We are thrilled to have TalkTalk on board as sponsors for the first time in 2019. Their support for the event shows their commitment to York and the local communities of York.
Marketing manager for York’s UFO from TalkTalk Helen Fletcher said they were thrilled to support the event, adding:
We have a lot of very excited volunteers from our internal TalkPride Committee joining us in the summer.
One of our volunteers will be speaking at the launch about his first ever Pride experience in 1986 and the work he’s involved in to make TalkTalk an inclusive and welcoming place where people feel comfortable to be themselves.