It is the biggest LGBTQ+ community celebration in Essex, and is all set to return on Saturday 24th June 2023 in Chelmsford.

Essex Pride is back again and returns for our 19th Year and our 2nd Pride March through Chelmsford City centre.

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

  • The Pride Festival Stage with Live Acts and DJs
  • Cabaret and karaoke stage for local artists and talent.
  • The Army & Navy Dance Tent (silent disco)
  • 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.

See the Essex Pride 2023 Line Up

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 2023

Following on from the amazing success of our first march last year we intend to march through Chelmsford City centre again this year.

Individuals and organisations can sign up to take part in the march by following the link here.

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 the Essex Pride march again this year it 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 2023, we are excited to be bringing a parade through Chelmsford City Centre again and 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.”