About Us

Essex Pride is an annual celebration of LGBT+ life in Essex and beyond. Establishing itself since it began in 2003 as a cornerstone event showcasing Essex’s successful approach to diversity and inclusion, and even becoming a factor in Chelmsford being granted City Status in 2012 by her Majesty The Queen.

This is an event for the whole community, and it’s more than just a huge party. Pride inspires everyone to embrace equality and demonstrates that people from all walks of life can join together and celebrate diversity.

Essex Pride is a not for profit registered charity, run on behalf of the LGBT+ community of Essex by a volunteer board of Trustees. All proceeds from ticketing and fundraising go towards the operational and running costs of Essex Pride.

A message from the Chair.

Having been involved in Essex Pride since it began in 2002, I have seen the positive effect this event has had on people’s lives.

For the many thousands that have been to Essex Pride, not only has it been a time for fun and a chance to enjoy the moment with friends, but I have also seen younger people who are coming to terms with their sexuality, who have met other like-minded people at Essex Pride and no longer feel alone. I have seen families coming along to support their LGBT sons, daughters, brothers and sisters.

I have also seen how the perception of gay people has been changed, by those that come to this event. It really is important. By showing your support and attending Essex Pride, you are helping to achieve a much more accepting community, and showing that Essex is a diverse and accepting place to live.

We hope you will enjoy our next event, which we are currently working hard to organise. If you feel you can help Essex Pride with either a sponsorship package, booking a pitch, or with a particular skill you have, please do get in touch with us.

Best Wishes

Garry Ormes
Chair of Essex Pride

Essex Pride is a registered charity but proud to be associated with the UK Pride Organisers network. Working together to combine ideas, fundraising and promote their events.

Past Prides

2018 Pride
2017 Pride
2016 Pride

History of Essex Pride