THE PAGAN PRIDE UK PARADE is open to all & IT’S FREE TO PARTICIPATE!
...And we want as many people as possible to take part!
Over 500 Pagans walk in the parade every year - It’s time to stand up and be counted…
PAGAN PRIDE UK 2017 - SUNDAY 6TH AUGUST
Meeting Point: 10.30am Market Square; Left Lion
Please note there have been changes made to this year's parade route. Read on for details.
If you are participating in the Parade please be at the meeting point for 10.30am. On arriving please make it known to the event staff that you are here to participate in the parade. Marshals will then assemble all participants and explain what’s going to happen and be able to answer any questions. Nottingham’s Market Square has its annual summer attraction “The Beach” occupying the centre of the square during August, please gather in front of the Town House, near the ‘Left Lion’.
We will assemble the parade along Long Row this year, alongside Debenhams, Mode, etc. where we wait for about an hour to allow for as many people as possible to join us. Please note that due to a sinkhole, we will not be assembling along Smithy Row outside the tourist information office as we have done in previous years. If in doubt, head to the market square and look for our marshals in their high-vis jackets.
The Parade begins at 11.30am leaving the Market Square to head toward The Arboretum. We’ll be chanting & singing on the way so make sure you’re in loud voice!
Due to the now-incredible size of the parade and council restrictions, we will be walking on pavements this year, rather than on the roads. This is to ensure the safety of everyone on the parade. Next year we will look at fundraising to raise enough money for the necessary traffic order to enable us to walk on the roads safely, but in the meantime, we've come up with a fun, accessible route that'll take us through Nottingham and to the arboretum, where we'll make our usual fantastic entrance!
We’ll have the chance to walk through the streets of Nottingham, heading up Queen's Street and King's Street, then crossing Upper Parliament Street to walk through the beautiful Trinity Square, before making our way up South and then North Sherwood Street until we reach the Arboretum, making a grand entrance via the tunnel!
However much pre-planning we do, this route is still subject to change even down to the last minute! For example: we may need to follow a diversion on request of the Police, so don’t stress – we’ll get everyone there safe & sound.
Parade Route: (Subject to updates)
Here's a map of the parade route; it should give you an idea of where we’re going and how we’re going to get from the City Centre to The Arboretum. We’ve had it OK’d by both the Police and & Highways dept. and if everything goes to plan this is the route we shall be walking on the day…
Below are a few reminders about participating in the parade.
Firstly: The Parade is FREE and open to everyone – not Just Pagans but their family & friends and those who wish to show their support and tolerance for the Pagan Community
Look your best! We understand that not everyone likes to dress-up at events like this, and while many people choose vibrant outfits for the parade, which look great – it’s not compulsory. Please just be who you are – there’s no “dress-code”, we just want you to wear what you are comfortable in whether that’s head-to-toe in robes or green-man foliage, a summer dress or jeans and a t-shirt. However, we’d love for you to bring banners, flags and drums – lets be LOUD & PROUD!
Be Sensible: Do wear appropriate footwear and bring water. Also bring sun-screen and a hat or parasol if it’s hot and sunny to help give you some shade. We’ll be standing for about an hour while the parade musters, and then the route takes us through the paved areas of the city, but there’s not much natural shade, so be prepared!
Facilities: There are high-street coffee shops and public toilets close by to where the parade musters. The tram stops in the Market Square in front of the Town House, where the parade meets.
Just Ask: If you require assistance at any point during the parade; while mustering or while in transit – just get the attention of one of our marshals. They’ll be wearing Hi-Vis vests and easily identifiable. Marshals are there to guide the parade along the route, keep everyone moving and making sure no-one veers off or gets left behind. They are also there to alert the Senior Marshals and Parade Operations Team should there be an issue; so if you see anyone behaving in a way that gives you cause for concern, whether participating in the parade or spectating, please let us know so that we can deal with it as swiftly as possible.
Access: The route is entirely paved until we reach the Arboretum Park, where we cross some grassed areas, and even then there are paths all around the park. So if you are a wheelchair user or have children in buggies, don’t worry there’s no reason why you can’t join in too. The parade is slow moving but there are some inclines (ie hills) to traverse along the way. Should you require any assistance please just ask a marshal.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a STRICT NO DRINKING policy; anyone found drinking or being drunk and disorderly will be ejected from the parade and be subject to the full effect of the law. If anyone sees an individual drinking or engaging in anti-social behaviour then they should report them to a marshal or the Police officers present.
NO WEAPONS, ceremonial or otherwise, are permitted on the Parade or at the festival on The Arboretum – if you have an Athame… DO NOT BRING IT. However… staffs, besoms/brooms, stangs, and walking sticks are allowed.
If you have any other questions about the parade, please email us : email@example.com or visit our facebook where we post regular updates.