Leicester Pride is Leicester’s annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) festival, held at the beginning of September each year.

The event is free to attend and celebrates equality and diversity in our community. Leicester Pride is a family event with entertainment and attractions suitable for all ages. The event starts at 12 noon with a parade through the city centre leading to the festival site on Victoria Park.

The main stage features live singers, dance acts and cabaret from across the country whilst the DJ tent features the best local DJs. Previous acts include Sam Bailey, Blazing Squad, Lisa Lashes, Keiron Richardson, PJ Brennan, Diva Fever, Addict Dance, Miss Penny, Ms Marty, Thunderpussy and many more.

There is a variety of food and drink available and plenty to see and buy in the market stalls area. A selection of fair ground rides and games are also provided by Billy Bates & Sons fun fair.

The event is attended by more 10,000 people each year with more than 2,000 taking part in the parade through the city.

The event has been running under the current team for 8 years and has grown from a small event based in the city to a full scale festival at Victoria Park.

Leicester Pride main stage crowd
Leicester Pride parade in the city

Meet the team

Martyn Parker

Martyn Parker

Chairmen & Director

I feel privileged to lead such a great team of outstanding people. They all dedicate their time to giving back to the LGBT community.

Craig Thorpe

Craig Thorpe

Security, Safety Operations

I’m so proud of the team, everyone works so hard to create a multi cultural, enjoyable and safe event in our great city.

Simon Harrison

Simon Harrison

Pride Ball & Funding

I’ve worked for many years at local gay venues. I get great satisfaction from the work I do as part of the committee.

Robbie Lewis

Robbie Lewis

Design & DJ Stage

I run the DJ stage, create all the posters, graphics and the magazine. I also get to perform on the main stage each year.

David Hope

David Hope

Stage Manager

To me, Pride means bringing people together to create an all inclusive community and leading us towards a future of acceptance, whoever we are.

David Padgett

David Padgett

Health & Safety, Parade Co-ordinator

I’ve been a part of Leicester pride for 6 years, managing the parade and love every minute, it’s challenging but rewarding to bring the community together.

Angela Pagett

Angela Pagett

Hospitality Management

I make sure that everyone backstage at Leicester Pride gets what they need. All the acts get a five star service from me, I love doing it.

Bizzle Borner

Bizzle Borner

Market Stall manager

As the newest member of the Pride committee I am very excited to be a part of this great charity.

Rob Smith

Rob Smith

Website & Digital

Helping with Leicester Pride allows me to give back to the community that supported me. I hope that the event helps others to be themselves.

Mercedes Britton

Mercedes Britton

Volunteers, Stewards

I got involved through my course at DMU 5 years ago. Whoever you are, gay, bi, lesbian or straight - I hope you enjoy a great fun filled day.

Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan

PR, Media

It’s been a pleasure to give back to the community in Leicester. I help with administration and media operations.

Matty Sanders

Matty Sanders

Safety operations

Pride to me is about bringing a gay community together and celebrating our gay lives, introducing others to our right to be gay, freedom among communities.

Chloe Icke

Chloe Icke

Volunteers, Stewards

I assist Mercedes with Volunteers and Strewards. I think Leicester Pride is a great event and I hope everyone has a great time this year.