What. A. Freekin. Awesome. Day.
I’m unsure about how I felt before the events took place, as Suffolk is such a small place I think I was concerned that there wouldn’t be that many people attending (and I was worried I’d be the only one wearing my pride flag!). Oh how wrong I was!
Walking over to the quay with my girlfriend I could see lots of stalls but not many people, however on turning the corner and getting closer to Dance East (the start mark for the parade) I was pleasantly surprised, and slightly overwhelmed, with how many people were stood there. It was like a smudge of colours! So many colours, so many smiles, so many banners, flags, people of old and younger generations. It was at this point I whipped out my flag and wrapped it around my shoulders – PRIDE!
Bumping into a few familiar faces whilst waiting for the parade to begin was lovely, and it was great to see local professionals, charities, and organisations all branded up and showing their support for gay pride too. It was great to see the LGBTQ+ police response car again too! We waited for the parade to begin which did take a little while longer than the information stated, however the atmosphere was so enjoyable the wait didn’t seem like five minutes.
The energy was insane! The parade itself was great, the walk along the waterfront was beautiful and absolutely heaving full of people marching! We had Suffolk pride lanyards with whistles and there was so much noise! Stander-bys recording the march and cheering as well. Once the final destination had been reached there was a dancing group who were fantastic, as well as a drag queen on stage introducing Suffolk Pride and the performing artists.
The stalls were great and the food we ate was lovely. The sun was shining all day and the atmosphere continued throughout the day. The only complaint? The sunburn I got on my head, the sunburn that is the butt end of everyone’s jokes at the minute! Was it worth it? Hell-yeahh!