Thousands turn out to celebrate Bristol Gay Pride 2012
This Saturday marked the end of a full week of events celebrating Pride Week. Thousands of people joined the parade which started at Berkley Square and continued along Park Street onto College Green which played host to this year’s free pride festival. The parade was led by African Sambistas, festival organiser Daryn Carter and Bristol’s first openly gay Lord Mayor, Peter Main.
Despite being unfunded, pride organisers worked tirelessly throughout the year to put on an impressive programme of events. The pride festival itself was free this year and played host to over 40 acts over 5 performance areas.
The OMG stage had a packed schedule of music and cabaret including members of S Club 7, X Factor’s Diva Fever and Kitty Brucknell and an impressive performance from The Lady Gaga Experience.
Over on the main stage highlights included performances from Funkensteins, Nikki Belle and Bright Light Bright Light. Headlining on the main stage was legendary soul singer Martha Wash of The Weather Girls who had the audience on their feet and singing along.
Pride Night featured events across a number of different venues with live performances and outside DJs from Motion, Wonky, New City Sound and Another Night followed by a sell out O2 Academy takeover with Horseplay, Push The Button and Horse Meat Disco.
Director and organiser, Daryn Carter along with a team of volunteers managed to once again put Bristol on the map by providing the South West with it’s biggest and most impressive gay pride to date. Daryn, We Are : Proud!