Pride festival due to take place in August

LIVE music, exhibitions and a parade are all due to feature in this year's Channel Islands Pride festival – scheduled to take place in August.

People making their way to the Weighbridge during the Pride festival in 2016. Picture: TONY PIKE. (30694999)
People making their way to the Weighbridge during the Pride festival in 2016. Picture: TONY PIKE. (30694999)

The event last took place in Jersey in 2019 with Guernsey taking on the turn of being host the following year. Amid strict Covid-19 restrictions, it was the only Pride event to take place in the British Isles.

This year, the festival is due to take place on 21 August at Jardins de la Mer and is set to feature a silent disco, family zone, main stage, exhibition section and a food village. Entry is free with costs being covered sponsors.

A spokesperson for Channel Islands Pride said that the event had been timed to not clash with Pride festivals in the UK or other events locally.

'Pride is part of that carnival atmosphere that makes the Island so special in the summer. It will sit alongside events like the Battle of Flowers and Island music festivals, to make this summer one to remember,' they said.

'We also hope that Pride attracts a new LGBTQ audience to Jersey, and that they will recognise all that makes the Island so special. We’ll be working with travel operators and hoteliers to ensure that visitors from Guernsey, the UK and further afield return home with wonderful reports of our festival, our Island and our community.

'We’re working closely with community organisations, including the Bailiff’s Chambers, the Jersey Development Company [who own Jardins de la Mer], and honorary police to make sure that this Pride is both spectacular and safe. We hope to have more details to announce soon.'

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