King's Lynn Pride celebration now going ahead in new form
Despite the original event being cancelled, Lynn’s Pride event will be taking a new form this year in which people can watch from their own homes.
The West Norfolk Pride committee has announced they have devised a different type of celebration in the form of garden parties, which will take place from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday, August 22.
The original Tuesday Market Place event was cancelled in March due to the government guidelines on mass gatherings in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
But under these alternative plans, people can watch a live stream online which will include acts, speakers, and Norfolk Drag artiste Titania Trust.
Prizes will be sent to the best garden parties taking part in the event, which committee member Jo Rust would be judged based on those who “most represent the values of Pride.”
Mrs Rust said: “As a committee, we have had regular updates on the situation with the coronavirus. Our priority has always been keeping people safe but we also appreciate in these challenging times that people get the opportunity to celebrate so we had this in the back of our minds.
“We thought we wanted to do something to give people the chance to celebrate Pride and after general conversations we thought this was a brilliant way to provide that. It’s the flamboyance, colours and diversity of Pride which represent the values best.”
All those taking part are being asked to use their smart phone, tablet or computer to record their garden party and share it on the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Pride Facebook page.
Mrs Rust continued: “We have always sought to make King’s Lynn and West Norfolk the most inclusive. We started by ensuring we had signage for those with disabilities and we have had accessible toilets for our Pride.
“We thought that just because we can’t celebrate Pride in the same way this year, doesn’t mean that it can’t be amazing.”
Roughly 3,000 people took part in a colourful parade in 2019 in what was the second year of the Pride event.
After cancelling the Tuesday Market Place event, Pride organisers said they hoped to return as normal in 2021.