You might have heard about the changes we’ve made to Isle of Wight Pride 2019 which will enable us to deliver a far more sustainable event for the future, one the Isle of Wight community can be proud of. Isle of Wight Pride 2019 has confirmed details for this year’s event on Saturday 20 July.
There is no need to have a ticket this year, just turn up and enjoy the free event!
So what’s happening?
- The day will start with a colourful parade from Queens Road, Ryde, at midday. Following the same route as last year, the Parade will celebrate equality and diversity 50 years on from the landmark Stonewall riots in New York, the start of the Pride movement.
- On the seafront, the parade will finish at Eastern Gardens at the Pride Community Village where local charities, traders and community groups will have stalls open from 12pm until 6pm.
- Ryde Superbowl are hosting Isle of Wight Pride 2019. Music will be provided to bring a party atmosphere to the Pride Community Village with their bars serving beer and cocktails and a barbecue area for food until 8pm. There will be a chance to escape from the heat of the sun (the forecast is hot, hot, hot) and enjoy further entertainment and music inside the bar. For something a bit different, 1Leisure will offer activities by the Harbour during the afternoon.
- From 1pm and into the evening, a number of partner venues in Union Street will have entertainment. This along with the many planned shop window displays will help us to Pride-up Ryde as part of this year’s event.
Supporting the Island’s LGBTQ+ community
A spokesperson for Isle of Wight Pride said “Back in April IW Pride announced its intention to have a ‘fallow year’ in 2019. After receiving such an outpouring of love for the event the new trustees of the charity have worked hard with a small group of volunteers to make sure that we do have Pride this year. “
“This has been a challenge and this year’s event will be smaller than those that took place in 2017 and 2018 but we are determined to make sure that Isle of Wight Pride has a long term future and to work back up to a larger event in 2020. We are learning what we need to do better and know that we have been slow to release information about this year’s plans. This is because we needed to be sure that what we wanted to do on the day was affordable, safe and achievable with the time that all of us as volunteers can devote to it.”
“A few weeks ago we announced the plan to have a paid entry charge on a limited capacity area for entertainment at Eastern Gardens.Our constructive discussions with the authorities have led us to conclude that the management of this limited capacity area could be very challenging so we have dropped this part of the event for this year.
“Instead we will be working with existing businesses under their own licences to put on music and performances within their venues.As well Ryde Superbowl we are working with Kasbah, Bar74 and Coburgs in Union Street.Each of these will be hosting Pride entertainment through the afternoon and then their own events into the evening after the Pride Community Village has closed. “
A spokesperson continues: “We feel that this demonstrates our strong wish to bring benefit from the event to local businesses, and improve accessibility for the local community, as we seek to put Isle of Wight Pride onto a long term sustainable footing.”
“IW Pride would like to thank a number of local companies and organisations who have supported the charity on its journey and specifically for this year’s event; Ryde Town Council, UNISON, InnerspacesUK, Visit Isle of Wight, Red Funnel, Wightlink and Hovertravel. Also the many individuals and volunteers who have worked behind the scenes to ensure an event takes place this year, and in the future.”