Monday, 27 July 2009

Norwich Pride turns city into LGBT rainbow

Norwich Pride
Norwich Pride organisers were delighted last night after the success of the city's first ever LGBT Pride parade.

Dancers, drummers and thousands of supporters came together to turn Norwich into a rainbow for Saturday's event, which saw between 2,000 and 3,000 people march from Chapelfield Gardens down Theatre Street and around the market to finish on Millennium Plain.

Lord Mayor of Norwich Evelyn Collishaw kicked off the rally and Norwich Samba band led the march with rhythmic drumming and dancing.

Organiser Michelle Savage said the event had surpassed all expectations, with gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people turning out along with supporters, friends, and families.

“We were absolutely overwhelmed by it,” she said. “It was such a successful, happy, safe day. It's been fantastic for awareness raising and it's a big confidence boost for the community and for individuals.”

Ms Collishaw said: “As Lord Mayor I was pleased to be asked to play a role in this opportunity to celebrate Norwich's large and diverse LGBT community, as well as their families, friends and supporters.”

Norwich Shame

Norwich Pride was organised by 13 volunteers to raise visibility and awareness. Organisers are already planning next year's event - and the last weekend in July looks set to become the regular date for Norwich Pride.



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