2022 Pride

It is the biggest LGBTQ+ community celebration in Essex, and is all set to return on Saturday 25th June 2022 in Chelmsford.

This year marks 50 years since the first UK pride march, and to recognise this, Essex Pride is organising a parade through Chelmsford City Centre. The aim is to remember those who have stood before us, and made a stand against inequality, driving for change in society and law.

The county wide pride celebration will take place in Chelmsford’s Central Park and include:

  • The Pride Festival Stage with Live Acts and DJs
  • The Army & Navy Dance Tent
  • Circus Workshop, Entertaining Sideshows and Stalls
  • Great Food & Licensed Bars
  • Plus the Essex Pride Dog Show

The Pride festival stage will have an amazing line up of live acts showing their supporting for the LGBTQ+ community including:

SONIQUE – DANNY BEARD – ELLA VAYDAY – QUEENZ

Plus live tribute acts to FREDDIE MERCURY and ARIANA GRANDE, alongside outrageous drag queens, and emerging local talent.

This year will also see the return of the popular Essex Pride Drag Dog Show, and anyone can enter their dog into the fun judging categories which include:

  • Remarkable Rescue
  • Creative Costume
  • The sit and stay challenge
  • Treat catch challenge
  • Cleverest trick

Essex Pride March 2022

2022 is the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in the UK and to recognise, celebrate and remember the steps that have been made, Essex Pride will be holding its first march through the streets of Chelmsford as a community, stronger together and still moving forward in the fight for equality.

The March Route.

The march is an accessible route and will start in the city centre, taking in the high street, before moving through the city parks ending in Central Park at the Pride LGBTQ+ Festival event. The march is aiming to be the most inclusive and visible demonstration of the LGBTQ+ community in Essex to date.

The Chair of Essex Pride “Garry Ormes” explains,

“We are so pleased to be returning with Essex Pride, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the first UK pride march, it’s feels so important to recognise the pivotal part that pride marches have played in driving change in society and law.

As part of Essex Pride 2022, we are excited to be bringing a parade through Chelmsford City Centre, to recognise all those before us, who have taken to the streets to make a stand against inequality.

Our aim is to highlight an incredibly positive message about acceptance, and celebrating our differences.”