There is  rather large glittery rainbow on the horizon in Bristol, Pride week has now officially begun!

Bristol Pride is one of the largest LGBT events in the UK and was named in the top three reasons why people visit the city (Destination Bristol visitor survey 2015), and it’s no wonder. Bristol is a vibrant, community invested, colourful city which embraces everyone, no matter who you are or where you are from.parade-1463645191-1463740354The theme this year is Celebrating Our Diversity, which could not have come at a more perfect time. Pride is about being yourself and for the parade and celebrating  L, G, B, T, and everything in-between and beyond.

“I have a feeling this is the perfect event for those of us angry with the current situation to recharge our batteries, have fun celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and shake off those bloody Brexit blues!”Nik Jovcic-Sas, Midsomer Norton Pride

The annual event started last Friday and will bubble away over 10 days with a huge range of celebrations across some of the city’s finest venues. This Saturday is the official ‘Pride day’ and as always, will host the march and main festival. In previous years the main outdoor event has been hosted at Castle Park, but this year the love spreads across Bristol with the Main Stage at Lloyd’s Amphitheatre, Harbourside and more events taking place in Millennium Square.

Headlining the main stage is multiple Ivor Novello and World Music Award-winning, 80s pop hero Lisa Stansfield (All Around The World, The Real Thing, People Hold On, This Is the Right Time, Change, All Woman, Never Gonna Give You Up). The main stage will also feature electro pop starlet Little BootsWildflowers (who Bristolians may remember as the support act to Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Tom Odell in 2013), all-female Duran Duran cover band Joanne Joanne, Rozalla, Lucy Spraggan, Tom Rickels of The Voice, and A*M*E, to name just a handful in a line up of over 50 acts from Bristol and around the worldcheck out full line-up here.

The O2 Academy will be hosting a pretty epic official Pride party with their night Illumination – a joint effort from some of the UK’s favourite club nights, including Guilty Pleasures, R & She and Fleet Macwood. There will be three rooms of music and performance featuring top international and local DJs, live acts, performance and dancers. _61572573_dsc_0045There is also a day and night party taking place across The Small Horse and The Elite Retreat Sauna. The organisers, Bitch, Please are the minds behind the club night Switching Lanes. The duo behind it all curated last year’s pumping Official After Party for Bristol Pride featuring Maze & Masters and Smokin’ Jo,  so you can trust this weekend’s antics will be a winner. This year they have teamed up with some of the most diverse, spicy parties out there to produce an alternative Pride. You could spend the day on the roof top terrace with acts like Waifs & Strays and ZenZero, pop back to see Lisa Stansfield back at the Amphitheatre and then drop back into The Small horse for a bit of Drag Queen Bingo. Follow the Bitch, Please event here.

Bristol Pride is technically a free event, but the festival doesn’t receive any core funding so please do donate on the gate. The generally-given donation of £5 will get you a wristband to receive discounts for food, drink, the At-Bristol science museum and plenty more. Joint evening tickets on sale for £15 are also available and grant their owners access to three separate after parties at the O2 Academy, Queenshilling and Hush at Basement 45.

“Other than that all I can recommend is to wear lots of glitter (remember: at Pride, more is more), enjoy a few pints of cider and celebrate the amazing LGBTQ+ community we have out here in the West!” Nik Jovcic-Sas, Midsomer Norton Pride

Bristol Pride Week takes place between 1-10 July. For more information, head over to bristolpride.co.uk.