About

dsc_9331-300x201Blackpool Pride Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016 and it has become one of the landmark events in the world-famous resort’s annual attractions.

The Festival brings LGB&T people together and is a celebration of their lifestyle. It is an opportunity to make friends, and be yourself in an environment where you feel safe and welcomed. Each year the main event is a FREE Festival with some great entertainment in the iconic Winter Gardens during the Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

There are more than 50 market stalls, an Adult Only area, a Family bar and several 18-only bars. Blackpool Pride Festival aims to cater for everyone, including the children of LGB&T people, by arranging crèche facilities and a separate children’s entertainment area.

The Festival launches each year with a vehicle and walking parade along the famous Promenade that starts at the Sandcastle, near the Pleasure Beach, and ends at the Winter Gardens entrance. It’s a loud and visible event that aims to show Blackpool we are out and proud.

Several smaller events, throughout the year, include a launch party, and a Pride Ball.

2014

In 2014 Blackpool Pride Festival (BPF) applied to be a charitable unincorporated organisation. We have an ethos of inclusion and this means inclusion of everyone within the LGB&T community and their own families and friends.

BPF will work to promote an awareness of equality and diversity and reduce homophobia in the wider community. We will celebrate our cultural identity and be proud of our lifestyle.

The Festival brings LGB&T people together and is a celebration of our LGB&T lifestyle. It is an opportunity to make friends, and be yourself in an environment where you feel safe and welcomed.

The Executive Committee is made up of a Chair, a Deputy Chair, a Treasurer, a Secretary, a Chief Executive and several other people responsible for different aspects of BPF. These people, all volunteers, meet and work closely together in teams to create the event.

Each year our main event is a FREE Festival in the iconic Winter Gardens during the Saturday and Sunday afternoons where we have some great entertainment, 50 market stalls, an Adult Only area, a Family bar and numerous 18 only bars. We try to cater for everyone including the children of LGB&T people by arranging crèche facilities and a separate children’s entertainment area.

We also organise a vehicle and walking parade along the famous Promenade that starts at the Water park and ends at the Winter Gardens entrance. We want this parade to be loud and visible and show Blackpool that we are out and proud.

We also plan several smaller events throughout the year, including a Launch party, and a Pride Ball.

2013

In 2013 our free event resulted in a reasonable financial surplus, giving the event security. In addition to our 9 Partner Bars, in 2014 we had 15 Sponsors including the Houndshill Shopping Centre, Mamma Mia, Diageo, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Gay UK Magazine and Unison. However, BPF costs over £20,000 to stage and we have to raise further money throughout the year in order to keep BPF a free event. We therefore depend on fundraising events and on the great generosity of our community and supporters.

Blackpool Pride Festival makes a commitment to respect disability and ensure our event is accessible to everyone. Our entertainment main stage has “signed”   for those with hearing loss and we try to make posters readable to those with visual impairment. The Winter Gardens itself is fully accessible to wheelchair users and we do aim to have volunteers who will help those with mobility difficulties.

Aims

Blackpool Pride Festival is a charitable unincorporated organisation with an ethos of including everyone within the LGB&T community, their families and friends.

BPF will work to promote an awareness of equality and diversity and reduce homophobia in the wider community. We will celebrate our cultural identity and be proud of our lifestyle.

The Executive Committee is made up of a Chair, a Deputy Chair, a Treasurer, a Secretary, a Chief Executive and several others responsible for different aspects of BPF. These people, all volunteers, meet and work closely together in teams to create the event.

In 2013 the event resulted in a reasonable financial surplus, giving the event security. In addition to nine Partner Bars, by 2014 there were 15 sponsors including the Houndshill Shopping Centre, Mamma Mia, Diageo, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Gay UK Magazine and Unison. However, BPF costs more than £20,000 to stage and further money is raised throughout the year in order to keep BPF a free event. We therefore depend on fundraising events and on the great generosity of our community and supporters.

Blackpool Pride Festival makes a commitment to respect disability and ensure our event is accessible to everyone. Our entertainment main stage is “signed”   for those with hearing loss and we try to make posters readable to those with visual impairment. The Winter Gardens itself is fully accessible to wheelchair users and we do aim to have volunteers who will help those with mobility difficulties.