Lots of people, good atmosphere and pretty good weather made this year’s Pride festival a total success for those who were directly involved or just as participants. I decided a while ago to volunteer for this event and so, I was a Marshall on the day helping people. The experience was a unique one.
The shift was quite a long one, starting at 10:00 in the morning until 15:00 but totally worth it as I met people from different places who travelled from far away just to be part of the festival.
I decided to get involved in the Pride festival as I study an Event and Tourism degree at university, so this gave me some insights of how events need to be organised, main points that need to be taken into consideration and the fact that at the end of the day everyone should enjoy the celebration.
This festival was my first big event that I volunteered for since I came to Ipswich. It was an extraordinary experience. Coming quite early in the morning gave me the opportunity to see how everything was coming together, how the stalls were prepared, how everyone was gathering for the parade and how more and more people were joining and coming up to us even just to say ‘hi’ and wish us a fun and happy day. The vibe of the day was impressive as well as the positivity that everyone had.
From a volunteer point of view, I saw this event as an organised one, we were assigned specific jobs to do, and the organisers were quite close if we needed anything and that gave us more confidence. The organisers kept in touch with us before the event, we had an event briefing a week before and that helped the team to get to know each other a bit more, to have some familiar faces.
Doing what makes us happy is very important and by volunteering we can discover ourselves more and build up some confidence. I believe it’s very important to volunteer, to get out of the comfort zone and the Pride festival was the perfect opportunity for me to get out there and to get to know some bits from the tales of organising events.