Pride event coming to resort
CORNWALL Pride is relocating to Newquay to mark its 10th anniversary in a bid to make the event bigger and better than ever before.
A colourful parade of floats, walking bands, dance groups, organisations and charities to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community, will weave its way through the town centre on Saturday, August 26.
A family-friendly Rainbow Fest event will be held at the Killacourt in the afternoon, which will include entertainment from local and national acts, stalls, a licensed bar and food.
Organisers have also booked the biggest act to perform at Cornwall Pride to celebrate the 10th anniversary with top boy band Union J set to take the stage at the evening Moonbow Party being held at Tall Trees.
Cornwall Pride, which aims to promote equality and diversity throughout the county, is relocating to Newquay from Truro where it has been staged for the past nine years to accommodate the changes envisaged. The organisers have already held meetings with Newquay Town Council, Newquay Chamber of Commerce and the police to ensure the event goes off without a hitch. They plan to hold Cornwall Pride on one of the town’s beaches in the future if the event is a success this year.
A Cornwall Pride spokesman said: “This year’s move to Newquay is aimed at making
Cornwall Pride bigger and better than ever before. There are many logistical reasons enabling us to achieve our goal, such as the ability to have a centralised venue, open to all, as well as a dedicated venue for the evening event. Change is inevitable and both
logistically and financially makes sense, as well as to promote inclusion to all in a completely different place in Cornwall.
“There have been concerns raised about the move to Newquay and that it is not welcoming to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender communities. Some of this is based on previous experiences and some not. We would like to ensure everyone that we have already had
discussions with Newquay Town Council and the local police who are fully supportive of the events taking place and over the coming months we will be meeting with them to help ensure that the events are as safe as possible for all to attend.
Newquay Mayor Carl Leadbetter believes Cornwall Pride will be a welcome addition to the town’s calender of events.
Cllr Leadbetter said: “I’m delighted Cornwall Pride has thought of us. It demonstrates Newquay is open to all and I hope the town can make a success of it. We will do all we can to support Cornwall Pride to make the event a success.
“My only reservation was holding the event on the August Bank Holiday in Newquay but everyone seemed happy there will be room in the town. I want the event to be a
success and if it is a success and it grows then maybe we will have to consider another date. It could become like the Boardmasters where it creates problems for itself in the future if it is a success. Their long-term aspiration is to have Pride on the beach. There is no Pride event in the UK held on the beach.”