PRIDE IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE - CANDIDATE PRIDE 2026

What is EuroPride?


An annual festival of culture, equality awareness and the arts; awarded and licensed by members of the European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA).


Previous hosts include Copenhagen, Vienna, Marseille, Riga and London. EuroPride can attract anywhere from 30,000 to 600,000 people depending on the host location and programme of events.

Why are Pride in Gloucestershire bidding?


We have a strong believe in the power of Pride to maintain progress in promoting equality, tackling discrimination and improving human rights. We believe that our county has the location, resources and capabilities to host a truly inclusive and community-focused festival of events in backdrop of city and rural locations that is able to make visible the issues facing our community both locally, nationally and across Europe.

Aims of our bid


Our main aim is to ensure progress continues and the progress we have made is not eroded or reversed.


We want to deliver a 2 week long programme of arts, culture and equality awareness that is fully inclusive and accessible to all; not only to those who join us in person but to also to outreach to those across the UK and Europe who can not join us.


The first two decades have seen some huge leaps forward for our community but this progress is starting to decline and reverse. This can't be allowed to happen!


Not only do we want to create a legacy of improved social cohesion for our County but also empower LGBTQ+ organisations across the UK and Europe to continue moving forward.

The EPOA logo
Photo of 2 male presenting people with arms up holding pride flags

OUR JOURNEY SO FAR..

MAGDEBURG, GERMANY

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

 NATIONAL PRIDE CONFERENCES

Map showing location of Magdeburg

We headed to Magdeburg, Germany to take part in their pride celebrations and officially announce our intentions to campaign and bid for EuroPride 2026. 


We had the honour of getting to know the commitee and trustees responsible for Magdeburg Pride and learn more about their bid to host EuroPride in 2025. 

Map showing location of Copenhagen

We were fortunate enough to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark for WorldPride 2021. 


This was a great opportunity for us to network with pride organisers from around the world and share information regarding our EuroPride 2026. 

In October 2021 not only did organise a d host the UK Pride Organisers Conference in Cheltenham but we travelled to the CSD (German Pride) Network annual conference and also a gathering of the Norwegian Pride Organisations to introduce our bid and engage with the wider LGBTQ+ community across Europe.

BELGIAN PRIDE, BRUSSELS

Map showing location of Brussels

Jayjay and Richard took a road trip to Belgian Pride in Brussels, Belguim on 21st May. We joined the parade in front of Antwerp Pride and helped to marshal their group and Samba Band. It was an amazing Pride with a great turnout both on the march and at the festival. We also spoke to a couple of community representatives about what we are doing in Gloucestershire.

CONTINUING OUR JOURNEY

SOFIA PRIDE, BULGARIA

We hit the road again on Saturday 19th June this time heading to Sofia in Bulgaria. This was a going to be a different experience - Bulgaria is a hostile environment for the LGBTQ+ community. We had to be discreet in public and whilst at the actual pride event we had police positioned every 5m around the site and on the parade. We accompanied the British Embassy in their support for the community and Pride was amazing - a historic turnout and international support from over 10 ambassadors really made Sofia's 15th Pride history in the making. We were also honoured to be invited to some Pre Pride community based activities

WARSAW / KYIV - SOFIA - CORNWALL - CORK - LONDON - BELGRADE - TURIN - NEWCASTLE - WESTON SUPER MARE - CARDIFF 

2022 will be a busy year for the team. Next we are joining Kyiv Pride in Warsaw and visiting Bude Pride in Cornwall. We continue to work our way around Europe to engage with the European community to see what they want from their EuroPride. We will also be using this opportunity to promote what we do here and also promote the county of Gloucestershire.