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Chester Pride's five year celebration draws largest crowds yet

Thousands of supporters of love and diversity attended Chester Pride; an estimated 10,000 across the course of the day. As well as it being Chester Pride's 5th birthday, 2017 marks 50 years of the sexual offences act which partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales. To celebrate both, Chester Pride promised a vibrant and inspiring event.

The annual pride parade through the city centre began the festivities, and despite a heavy down pour, the rain could not dampen spirits. The parade was a sea of costumes, heartfelt messages and comradery. The number of parade entries surpassed that of 2016, with more organisations, community groups, businesses and individuals showing their support.

Helen Pickin-Jones Chairperson of Chester Pride found the event both empowering and inspirational:
‘Chester Pride has always been about empowering and inspiring people. The volunteers who give up their free time to organise such a large scale event are inspirational. The supporters who help to ensure Pride can take place are inspirational. And the people who attend, and march, and dance, and convey that overwhelming feeling of solidarity and love are inspirational.

I’ve been told many times over the last couple of days that Chester Pride has that welcoming, feel good vibe. That people actually feel part of something. That strangers can talk and hug and laugh together. We need more of this. The city and the borough truly showed that it is proud of its diversity.’ www.
chesterpride.co.uk


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