The heavens may have opened but there was no shortage of rainbows as Chester Pride returned for its fourth year on Saturday (October 1).
Around 6,000 people braved the elements and descended on the city for the annual celebration of the LGBT community, which was hailed by organisers as ‘fantastic’ and ‘heartwarming’.
The traditional parade, which comprised local businesses, charities and public sector organisations, kicked things off with a riot of colour as revellers dressed to impress, as per the golden rule of taking part in the march – the more colourful, the better.
Headliners Stooshe and other artists like dance duo Booty Luv carried on the party over at Castle Square, where crowds danced the night away.
Chair of Chester Pride Helen Pickin-Jones said the day went without a hitch: “From our point of view, we could not have asked for it to go any better.
“We had an amazing response on the day and everyone was smiling and dancing under their rainbow umbrellas and flags.”
Families and their little ones were well catered for at the Children’s and Young People’s Zone, with arts and craft activities and drama workshops on offer.
The Drum With Our Hands Original Music Stage was a new addition to the festivities, and provided a showcasing platform for local bands like Campfire Social and Seazoo.
But the highlights, according to Helen, were the the line-up, which was ‘really well-received and one of the best yet’, and the parade, which was the most well-attended yet.
“Getting out on to the streets and seeing people applauding and getting into the spirit of Pride was fantastic,” said Helen.
“The support we received was really heartwarming and we are so thankful for everyone who helped make it a success.”
Planning for the 2017 instalment of Chester Pride will begin in January, and organisers are determined to keep the event free so people from all walks of life can continue enjoying the fun.