Bristol Pride 22: Parade returns for the first time in three years

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Pride march across the UK. Credit: Bristol Pride

It is officially Pride Day, the main event on the Bristol Pride calendar.

Today (July 9) saw a fully-fledged LGBT+ celebration, after festivities began on June 25.

The parade wound through the city centre, with the main festival taking place on the Downs.

More than 40,000 people are expected to attend.

Marchers gathered at Castle Park around 10am and departed 45 minutes later. The route was step-free, approximately two miles long and took about one hour to complete.

The Bristol Pride festival itself will run from 12pm until 9.30pm and will see multiple stages featuring some of the biggest names in live music entertainment.

It is free to attend, but you can buy a wristband for £7 which will be donated to Bristol Pride and will give you access to a few extra activities.

Headlining Pride Day will be Canadian superstar Carly Rae Jepsen, as well as over 100 acts across five stages.

The parade set off from Castle Park last year Credit: ITV West Country
The parade finished at Lloyd's Amphitheatre. Credit: Bristol Live/BPM Media
The pride crossing was repainted last month for the big day. Credit: Bristol Live/BPM Media
Kimberley Bessant thanks the South Western Ambulance Service team. Credit: Kimberley Bessant
The route was step-free and approximately two miles long. Credit: Bristol Live/BPM Media
Even the city's wildlife has been getting into the Pride spirit. Credit: Bristol Live/BPM Media
Cookie proudly wearing his Pride colours. Credit: Bristol Live/BPM Media
Furry fancy dress at Bristol Pride 2022. Credit: Bristol Live/BPM Media
Gursh Singh posted on social media saying he's 'having a wonderful time' with his partner at Pride. Credit: Gursh Singh
Jackie and Callie Mowatt enjoying Pride together. Credit: Bristol Live/BPM Media
Avon and Somerset Police cadets took part in the parade. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police Cadets
Bristol City Panthers FC together at the parade Credit: Bristol City Panthers FC