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Chester Pride 2018

Chester Pride will return this summer for its annual celebration of diversity and support for the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender+ community. The popular festival, now in its sixth year, will take place on Saturday 11 August at Castle Square and, with the support from its sponsors and supporters, remains a free event.

Last year, Chester Pride’s annual celebration attracted large crowds, with around 10,000 people enjoying the festivities throughout the day. As well as its yearly parade, the festival included a number of different zones of entertainment including a large health, life and wellbeing zone - with over 60 stalls from public sector organisations, charities, voluntary and social groups - a youth zone and – in association with Silver Rainbows - a dedicated zone for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people to network. There will also be an alcohol-free chill out area; fun fair; marketplace and much more.

Chester Pride are thrilled to welcome back M&S Bank as the Chester Pride 2018 main stage sponsor. As well as visibly showing their support for equality and diversity, it is also a show of support for local free events run by volunteers.

Sue Fox, CEO of M&S Bank and one of Outstanding’s leading LGBT Exec allies, said: “It’s incredibly important to me that we nurture an open and inclusive working environment where each and every colleague feels safe to bring their whole self to work. But it’s just as important that this feeling of inclusion - and of safety - doesn’t stop when people leave our business at the end of the day, that they feel it’s ok to be themselves when they travel to and from work and when they spend time with their partner, friends and family in our beautiful city each weekend.

“No one should have to hide any aspect of themselves and we’re delighted to be supporting Chester Pride and fostering an inclusive environment where everyone in Chester can be free to be exactly who they are.”

Chester Pride has a number of sponsorship opportunities available for organisations and business, and are also looking for volunteers to steward at the event as well as marketplace traders. Anyone who would like to register their interest and find out more email info@chesterpride.co.uk Further information can be found at www.chesterpride.co.uk or follow Chester Pride UK on facebook or via twitter @chesterpride


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