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Your Need to Know Guide for the Birmingham Pride!
Saturday, 23 May 2020
Sunday, 24 May 2020
- 1 What is Birmingham Pride?
- 2 When is Birmingham Pride?
- 3 Where is Birmingham Pride?
- 4 How do they celebrate Birmingham Pride?
- 5 Birmingham Pride Carnival Parade 2020
- 6 Birmingham Pride Parade Route
- 7 Birmingham Live Music & Entertainment
- 8 What to wear to Birmingham Pride?
- 9 Birmingham Pride Tickets
- 10 How to get to Birmingham?
- 11 Where to stay in Birmingham?
- 12 What to do and see in Birmingham?
What is Birmingham Pride?
Birmingham Pride is the biggest 2-day LGBTQI celebration in the UK. Birmingham Pride is an annual celebration of love that knows no bounds, an LGBTQI rights protest and celebration of sexuality. Every year Birmingham Pride attracts about 75,000 people who come to celebrate. The theme for the 2020 Birmingham Pride is ‘Stronger Together’.
The carnival is more than just a celebration it is also about educating people on social issues that affect the LGBTQ community and boosting the local economy. Even today in 2020 the LGBT+ community still faces persecution and oppression and teen suicide continues to be a big problem, it is the time to ‘Love Out Loud’!
It does not matter what your sexuality is or your gender, colour, religion or race, everyone is welcome to join in at Birmingham Pride. This year in 2020 it will be the 23rd anniversary of Birmingham Pride. People from all over the UK head to Birmingham to celebrate Pride and it contributes around £30 million to the local economy.
When is Birmingham Pride?
Birmingham Pride takes place over the long May Bank Holiday Weekend. The 2020 dates for Birmingham Pride are the Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th May. The Birmingham Pride Carnival Parade is the highlight of Birmingham Pride and takes place on Saturday the 23rd May and kicks off at midday.
Where is Birmingham Pride?
The carnival festivities will occur in Birmingham’s Gay Village, which is centred on the cosmopolitan Hurst Street. It is a district that is very vibrant filled with cute cafes, late night pubs, bars, and awesome restaurants. The Birmingham Pride Parade will kick off in Victoria Square.
Below is the map of the carnival layout.
- Cabaret Bar – Glamorous
- Theatre – Hippodrome
- Shop- Clonezone
- Bar- Missing
- Restaurant/Bar – Loft Lounge Loft Lounge
- Fast food – Urban Kitchen
- Bar – Equator
- Rape & Sexual Violence Project counselling – RSVP
- Bar – Sidewalk
- Bar – The Village Inn
- Bar – Eden
- Club – Core
- Club – Boltz
- HIV support service – AB Plus
- Bar – The Fox
- Sauna – Unit 2
- Club – Nightingale
- Club- Amusement 13
- Bar – The Fountain Inn
- Bar – The Wellington Hotel
- Club – Chic
- Bar – Bar Jester
- Birmingham LGBT Community centre
How do they celebrate Birmingham Pride?
Birmingham Pride is all about dressing up, partying, dancing, partying, being wild and feeling the unity that this celebration embraces. The main attraction of Birmingham Pride is the incredible Carnival Parade.
The carnival will also have loads of entertainment stages set up that will have loads of live music shows and entertainment. There is also the Fun Fair filled with shops and food and drink vendors. There is also an epic street party around Hurst Street. Additionally all the local Gay Bars and Clubs also host awesome events during carnival.
Birmingham Pride Carnival Parade 2020
- Date: Saturday 23rd May 2020
- Time: Midday
- Location: Begins in Victoria Square and finishes in Birmingham Gay Village
Birmingham Pride is the time of year when the LGBTQI community puts on a dazzling spectacle of colour and glitter that captures imaginations. There is an explosion of feathers, body glitter, sequined outfits, leather outfits and rainbow colours. Big crowds pack the sidewalk waving rainbow flags.
Over 5000 people participate in the parade, representing more than 150 LGBTQ groups and organisations. Over 75,000 spectators pack the streets of Birmingham to watch the parade. Everyone is in a good mood and there is lots of revelry all up and down the parade route.
Birmingham Pride Parade Route
Birmingham Live Music & Entertainment
Here is the 2020 line up for Birmingham Bride featuring awesome performances from the following artists.
What to wear to Birmingham Pride?
You don’t have to dress up to attend Birmingham Pride, but you will find that lots of people do and that anything goes! You will see superheroes, villains, drag queens, angels, devils, lots of cross dressing and plenty of other wild outfits.
If you don’t dress up it’s not a problem lots of people don’t go all out but will wear something a little sparkly. You will also see lots of bright coloured or rainbow outfits or accessories or just wave the iconic gay rainbow flag.
It’s the time to let your imagination one wild and get creative and wear something fun, you can check out some cool costume ideas on Amazon. Remember though to wear comfortable shoes as you will be on your feet all day long!
Birmingham Pride Tickets
Do you have to buy a ticket for Birmingham Pride? You do not need a wristband to enjoy the Carnival Parade which is completely free to attend. However you do need a wristband to enter the Birmingham Pride festival site. Children under five are free to enter but need to be accompanied by a guardian.
How to get to Birmingham?
It is very easy to get to Birmingham as it is a well-connected city. There are bus, coach and train services to most major towns in the country. Birmingham sits in between London and Manchester, it is about a 1.5 hour drive from both. You can also fly to Birmingham Airport. To get a quote for a flight click here. Get a quote for a rental car here.
Where to stay in Birmingham?
There are so many accommodation options in Birmingham that it really just depends on what your budget is and the level of comfort you are after. We recommend staying near Birmingham Gay Village so you have a crash pad nearby the carnival.
Check out some more accommodation options here.
What to do and see in Birmingham?
Birmingham has it all loads of historic sites you can visit as well as lots of culture you can visit museums, galleries and more. The city is also incredibly vibrant with incredible shopping, restaurants and bars.
For more information about tours, things to do, sightseeing tours, day trips and more click here.