Bristol Pride moving to new site and will double in size
Bristol Pride is to double in size this summer and move to the Downs in the biggest expansion in the event’s history.
The move will see the festival double its capacity after welcoming a combined total of 36,000 people to the fortnight-long celebration last year.
Organisers have announced what they call ‘massive expansion and development plans’, which will see the venue size increased, allowing new areas and activities, and a new stage, giant circus tent, a wellbeing and mindfulness area and a silent disco.
The Bristol Pride celebration has grown in the ten years since it began, originally featuring a march through the city centre ending with a festival on College Green.
For the past couple of years it has moved to the bigger venue of the amphitheatre next to the Floating Harbour, and grew last year by taking over Millennium Square as well.
There will still be a big march on Pride Day.
Last year, some 12,000 people took to the streets – the biggest city centre march of 2018 – in a what organisers said was a ‘colourful and empowering display to showcase visibility for the community and to declare loudly and proudly that hate and prejudice doesn’t belong in our city’.
But everyone who took part in the march could not fit in the amphitheatre and Millennium Square space, so this year, the festival at the end of the march will take place at The Downs, which has double the capacity.