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A look back at Nottingham Pride celebrations over the years

today26 June 2022

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As Nottingham gets ready to celebrate the first proper Pride in two years, we look back at some of the celebrations we have captured over the years.

Nottingham Pride has moved around quite a bit since it began in 1997 at the Arboretum. When it began, it was originally known as Pink Lace celebration for the first three years before being renamed Nottingham Pride.

The first pride was held in Broad Street with live music and stalls but a decision was made to move it to Nottingham Castle. Pride celebrations remained at the castle for two years before it was moved on to the Embankment instead. However, numbers attending the celebrations dropped that year so it was moved again to the Arboretum in 2003.

By 2010, the celebrations had begun to outgrow the Arboretum so it moved to the Forest Recreation Ground. It was estimated that the following year saw 25,000 people attend Pride. It has since come home to Broad Street where it remains to this day.

In 2020, the celebrations were forced to go online as a result of Covid restrictions. The community worked hard to provide a lineup of online events, talks and shows for everyone to attend but it was a Pride like no other. The following year saw a return to almost normality as the parade took place but no stalls due to ongoing Covid restrictions.

This will be the first pride in two years to have both a parade and the celebrations with a full lineup of events before, during and after Saturday, July 30. It’s a welcome return for one of Nottingham’s best-loved celebrations.

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