Guernsey Press

Thousands on parade for island's first Pride march

GUERNSEY'S first Channel Islands LGBTQ Pride event drew thousands into Town to show their support for diversity and equality.


A grey and rainy day was countered by an array of bright and multi-coloured outfits and flags at Candie Gardens as the CI Pride parade readied to march through Town and into Market Square.

Liberate vice-chair Ellie Jones, vice-chair of Liberate, who organised the event, was pleased with how the day went.

'It couldn't have gone better.'

Saturday's event started off with a gathering at Candie Gardens, with musicians entertaining the crowd.

It was also a chance for everyone who came along to gather with others who attended. Some met new faces, others were reunited.

As well as travelling over from Jersey, many came from different locations in England to be here, plus islanders who now live off-island.

Staff from the Family Placement Service and representatives from a range of businesses locally, including Northern Trust and the Channel Islands Co-operative Society, were some of those who took part in the event to show support.

A 50-metre long rainbow flag was carried during the parade, which made its way down from Candie Gardens, acrossing the road at the top of St Julian's Avenue, before heading down Ann's Place, Smith Street, the High Street and ending in Market Square.

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