Leeds Pride 2018
Leeds Pride is Yorkshire's biggest celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender life.
The main event on Sunday will start with 2 hours of entertainment in Millennium Square, followed by a parade through the city centre with over 60 floats and 5 hours of entertainment on Lower Briggate to finish off an incredible weekend.
Over the Leeds Pride weekend there will be a whole host of events celebrating love, equality, sexuality and gender identity across the city. This is the 12th year that Leeds Pride has taken place.
Access to Lower Briggate and the main stage event space will be controlled by security checkpoints.
Full searches will be taking place as well as bag checks and random searches will be in place so please only bring with you what you really need. This will really help us to carry out bag checks quickly.
No alcohol is allowed into either of the event spaces but water and soft drinks in sealed bottles, drinks for babies and young children and small amounts of food will be allowed.
Dogs on leads are welcome but please be responsible for your pets!
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Accessibility at Leeds Pride 2018
The organisers of Leeds Pride want to make Leeds Pride inclusive for all.
Please be aware that Leeds Pride is an outdoor event with the majority of the event space being hard surface highway or pavements. Some of this may be uneven or get wet is adverse conditions.
Millennium Square event space
A British Sign Language Interpreter is present on the Sainsbury’s Parade Stage and they will be located on the left as you look at the stage. We don’t have a dedicated area in front of the stage due to available space so we recommend positioning yourself on the left hand side as you look at the stage to enjoy the performances.
Millennium Square has accessible toilet facilities on site including a High Dependency Unit/ Changing Places facility. There will be stewards and security security guards who will be able to assist you in pointing out the toilets, and also escorting you through the crowd should you require any assistance.
The area has an accessible viewing platform (in front of the Civic Hall steps). The Portland Crescent entrance is the nearest gate to the viewing platform but please note that this road to vehicles not in the Leeds Pride Parade. Calverley Street (opposite the Leeds General Infirmary) is the nearest dropping off site and is also near to the viewing platform. To book at place on the platform please email: LeedsLGBT@leeds.gov.uk with your name, contact details and any special requirements you will need on the day.
For more information about Millennium Square, including toilet facilities, the layout of the site, the accessible viewing platform and accessible parking nearby please see the information here: http://millsqleeds.com/plan-your-visit/accessibility/
Leeds City Council is providing two accessible buses.
One access bus will leave just before the Parade and take people directly to the Lower Briggate event space. For those who want to ride the Parade, there will be a second access bus that will join the Parade and do the whole route. To book your place please email LeedsLGBT@leeds.gov.uk with your name, contact details, which access bus you would like to join and any special requirements you will need on the day.
The Parade this year will be our biggest yet. All registered floats will be given a time slot to get ready to line up for the Parade. Please don’t arrive early as this will mean you will have to wait for longer than necessary.
Anyone who is not part of a registered float is still welcome to join the Parade once all the floats have joined and have left Millennium Square.
The parade route is here. It is all level highway. Please note that at the start of the Parade route part of Cookridge Street will be covered in astro- turf due to the City Park event. The route does include a slight upward incline as it goes up the Headrow towards Vicar Lane and then the downward incline on Vicar Lane.
Apart from at the start there are no barriers along the parade route so you need to step out of the parade you can do so but please be aware of any floats, vehicles and other people in the parade near you.
Lower Briggate event space
There are 3 main entry gates around the Lower Briggate event space see site plan below. The gates are all tarmac road surfaces. The nearest gate to the accessible viewing platform on Lower Briggate is off Trevelyan Square, by the side of the Marriott Hotel. Please note that entry gates do get busy at peak times especially following the Parade (2:00 – 4:30pm).
Access to the Lower Briggate event space will be controlled by security check points. We will be operating full searches including bag checks and random searches will be in place so please only bring with you what you really need. This will really help us to carry out searches and bag checks quickly. No alcohol is allowed into either of the event spaces but water and soft drinks in sealed plastic bottles, drinks for babies and young children and small amounts of food will be allowed.
The Lower Briggate event space has accessible toilet facilities on site. There will be stewards and security guards who will be able to assist you in pointing out the toilets, and also escorting you through the crowd to reach them.
The Lower Briggate event space has an accessible viewing gallery situated near to the Manchester Airport main stage. However this is available on a first come first served basis, so grab your spot before it gets too busy.
Venues and bars access
There are lots of venues and bars in Millenium Square and the Lower Briggate event spaces to visit during the day. All of them have their own accessibility policies. Some offer elevators, as well as ramps, disabled toilets and easy access to the outdoor and smoking areas. If there is a particular venue you are interested, give them a call directly to find out how they can assist you.