We’re once again teaming up with incredible creative team Back to Ours to deliver the Pride in Hull parade.
Over 3,000 people took part in 2018’s dazzling parade through Hull City Centre. Back to Ours – the Creative People and Places project that grew out of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 – brought the parade to life by hosting a series of workshops giving members of the public a chance to get directly involved with one of Hull’s biggest moments. The volunteers created banners and flags, and commission Fighting for Queerz culminated in a very special performance within the Pride parade.
The 2019 parade marks 50 years since the Stonewall uprising – a week of riots in New York considered the birthplace of the modern Pride movement – giving Hull’s Pride-goers a perfect opportunity to look back at five decades of LGBT protest and progress.
Five special sections of the parade will reflect each decade from the 70s to now, with costumes, music and specially-produced placards representing the style, sound and stories of the day.
From ABBA to Ariana, flares to skinny jeans, Stonewall to equal marriage – and beyond; the Pride in Hull parade will celebrate the massive milestones in a spectacular march towards LGBT+ equality.
Andy Train, Pride in Hull Parade Director, said: “It’s great to mark this very special pride year in this way. While we’re reflecting and celebrating how far we’ve come as a society, we’ll highlight issues that people face today, too. People are still being bullied or persecuted for their sexuality or gender identity and it’s important that we keep challenging inequality.”
Matt Walton, Chair of Pride in Hull, continued: “Back to Ours are a cultural institution and we’re made up to have their support again this year. They’ve really pushed us to make the parade into something as meaningful and creative as it is spectacular.”
Louise Yates, Back to Ours Director, said:
‘We love working with our friends at Pride, spreading a bit of Back to Ours sparkle – not that Pride needs any more! – and celebrating what’s at the very heart of both of us; people, and having a great time.
‘We want to see everyone getting their gladrags on and celebrating the past fifty years of protest and progress with us – get digging those shoulder pads and Mary Quant mini skirts out.’