Reading-PrideReading Pride was formed in 2003 to represent and support the local LGBT+ community. Since the first Festival, attendance has grown steadily year on year with up to 10,000 people visiting the event as well as participating in the Pride parade.

The thirteenth Reading Pride Festival takes place on Saturday 3rd September at Kings Meadow and kicks off when the Parade arrives at 12pm with a full line-up of entertainment throughout the day along with a funfair, youth area, a wide range of food, drink and marketstalls.

The Marketplace is in an integral part of the Reading Pride festival. Centrally located within the festival site and heavily frequented by visitors throughout the day, the Marketplace area gives organisations and businesses the opportunity to engage and communicate with LGBT+ communities within the Thames Valley.

The Reading Pride Parade brings the spirit of Pride to the centre of Reading, with a pedestrian parade tracing a route from the Civic Centre through Broad Street to Kings Meadow Park forming a spectacle of noise and colour that cannot be missed. The parade provides an opportunity for groups, organisations or individuals to show their support for Pride and the ongoing campaign for equality.

The Pride Parade starts from outside Reading Civic Centre, assembling from 11am. The parade makes its way through Broad Street to the Forbury Gardens where there is short pause for photographs then things proceed to the Festival site in time for opening at 12 noon.

For more info, check out the Reading Pride website – www.readingpride.co.uk

Natalie has been an LGBT journalist for 12 years and joined the Fyne team in 2001. Her interests outside of work are cycling, running and badminton. She is also studying for a degree in psychology.

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