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Applications now open for Pride Northampton 2021

01 July 2021

Pride flag and Union Jack flying outside Northampton's Guildhall

Pride Northampton has opened applications for its 2021 event, encouraging performers, food vendors, stallholders, volunteers and community groups to support the town’s Pride event which will take place in the Market Square on Sunday, 12 September.

Following a hugely successful event in 2019, the organisers were overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm from local groups and residents and hope this year’s event will attract even more support from across West Northants.

Taking place between 11am and 4pm, the event is organised by Northampton’s LGBTQ+ and Allies Forum and the Northampton Pride Committee, and aims to highlight the LGBTQ+ community, businesses and support organisations. Previous celebrations have seen organisations such as Q Space, The Lowdown, Outlaws and Kinky Boots, Northampton Leisure Trust and Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust taking part by holding pop-up shops.

Attendees had the opportunity to sample products from local businesses and producers as well as enjoy performances from local bands, singers and dancers. The Pride Parade will take place as part of this year’s event, starting at the top of Abington Street at 11am and finishing in the Market Square, where live performances will be held.

Pride in Northampton is about the people, for the people. “We want to create something that shows local LGBT+ people that West Northants is a place where they can be open, out and honest.

“The Pride movement may have begun in cities, but today, it is far more expansive than that and we are proud to celebrate and to give local LGBT+ people the opportunity to come back together after what has been a difficult time for us all. Cllr Smith went onto say: “Having a local Pride festival sends a strong message that diversity doesn’t just exist in the town – it’s actively celebrated. It also sends an important signal that prejudice will not be tolerated.
Councillor David Smith, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Engagement at West Northamptonshire Council

Local bands, performers, small businesses and residents who would like the opportunity to take part in this year’s Northampton Pride can email [email protected].

Additionally, sponsorship opportunities are available to anyone who wants to support the event, for details please email [email protected].