Lincoln will soon be lined with colourful flags as organisers of Lincoln Pride get ready for this year’s event. Lincoln Pride 2022 will be held at Tentercroft Street Carpark on Saturday, August 20 after it was cancelled in 2020 and 2021.
The voluntary-run free event, which has been held in Lincoln since 2012, will be held in celebration of the LGBTQ+ community with a parade, a central stage and several other activities. Charity trustee and stalls manager, Arran Hart, 30, said the cancellations due to the pandemic have meant that the organisation have had more time to think about what Pride means to them.
He said: “It’s given us time to reflect on what pride means to the wider community and us. Pride is about togetherness and community, representation and being able to be who you are with individuality and within the community.
“It was a nice thought to be able to strip it right back to what it is as it’s easy to get wrapped up in the festivities of the day. As the community is becoming more diverse in the 15 years I’ve been out as a gay man, there has been a measurable change.”
One aspect of Lincoln Pride 2022 that has caused some controversy is the decision to hold the event at Tentercroft Street Carpark. Mr Hart said there are three main reasons why this has been decided after the event was held at Lincoln Arboretum in 2019.
He said: “Part of the feedback in 2019 was that it wasn’t accessibility friendly, as lovely as the Arboretum is it has steep slopes and grassy areas. A car park is an all flat surface which makes it easier to access. We are confident that it won’t feel like a car park once all the bunting and decorations are up.
“It rained the year we did it at the Arboretum and the grass got churned up so it got in a bit of a state. We are worried about damage to the local community. If it rains this year it won’t make a difference with it being a hard flat surface.”
He added: “We need it to be central and have a capacity limit to hold the event, it has a footfall of up to 5k people as of the last time we did it which is difficult to find in the centre. We constantly review it every year to see where else we can have it but there are a number of factors for it.”
Mr Hart also said he considered hosting it at Lincolnshire Showground but wanted it to be in the city and easier for people to get to.
- A free parade from 11.30am to kick-start the event
- A variety of acts on the main stage including singers, dancers and poets
- Local Scene Queens, winners of Lincoln’s Got Talent and several others
- A family area with children away from the main stage
- Funfair rides including rodeos
- Food stalls and bar
- Accessibility area to get a good view of the stage without having to fight through the crowd
Handy information for Lincoln Pride 2022:
- A free parade at 11.30am will make its way through town from Saltergate near Lincoln city square to Tentercroft Street Carpark in Lincoln where the main stage will begin performances from midday.
- Event-goers can book a VIP ticket for £55 which includes priority entry to the event, access to the exclusive VIP bar, toilets and seating.
- Rainbow Circle tickets can be purchased for £25 which grants people access to the front of the crowd with the best view of the stage, not including the VIP area.
- Meet & Greet tickets can be purchased for £20, where people can meet Victoria Scone, Scarlett Harlett, and Cheddar Gorgeous from 1.30pm for a 2pm start.
Mr Hart said that after Lincoln Pride 2022, the team will start making plans for Lincoln Pride 2023 and share information once they have it. He said: “Pride is more than an event, it’s a movement. It’s about togetherness, community and the diverse representation and how far we’ve come and where we were along with celebrating it.”
The event is being sponsored by Kinetic Estate Agents, NHS Foundation Trust and The Scene. The event states that anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult, along with searches in operation on entry along with other rules listed on its website.