Bristol Pride Festival 2017

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On June 8th 2017, I went to my very first Pride festival, Bristol Pride festival. I had been so excited to attend my first Pride festival for such a long time, although I was a little bit nervous about what to expect. I had heard such great things about other Pride festivals, so I had a good feeling that Bristol Pride festival was going to be great. Although the unknown still caused my anxiety to have a little bit of a party.

My Mum, my younger sister and I all wore matching Pride tops; Mum’s was light blue, Phee’s was dark blue, and mine was white, and they all had the word PRIDE across the chest in rainbow colours. With my sister being gay, and being bisexual myself, we wanted to show how proud we were of the LGBTQ+ community.

We decorated my wheelchair with rainbow ribbons, and we all wore rainbow flower garlands round our necks, or round our heads like a tiara.

The atmosphere was absolutely amazing. There were thousands of people at the park, waiting for the Pride march to begin. There was so many different types of people, everyone who was there felt comfortable enough to express themselves in the way that made them happy, and this made me happy. Everyone was so friendly, everyone was talking to one another, even if they didn’t know each other. We had lots of people come and talk to us, or smile at us. It was such a beautiful sight to witness. This is the way that we should live every day, everyone existing happily alongside one another, able to feel comfortable and happy in their own skin.

The march was such an incredibly experience, the sun was beaming down, the weather couldn’t have been any better in all honesty. There people were stood on the sides of the roads as thousands of marchers proceeded down them, watching and smiling at those taking part in the Pride march. There was not one miserable person there, watching or taking place in the march. This was so incredible, it was so heart warming, seeing the community coming together in that way.

I honestly cannot wait for next years Pride festival, and I cannot wait to make more wonderful memories there.

After witnessing the Pride festival, and taking part in it, I can honestly say that I have never been prouder than I am now to be part of the LGBTQ+ community. It is such a beautiful, amazing community, and I am so happy to be part of it.

Love & light,

Sophie x

Did you any of you guys go to Pride festivals? If so, which one did you go to? How was your experience?

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