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York Pride 2024 – All you need to know

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It’s that time of year again! The city will be a rainbow of colour for York Pride 2024, and it’s firmly family-friendly. The free event, which celebrates expression, acceptance and awareness for the LGBTQ+ community, takes place on Saturday 1st June with a variety of activities throughout the day. The parade route starts at York Minster and ends at the Knavesmire, where there’ll be entertainment, food, drink and more. Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning to head along with the family.

The all-singing, all-dancing joyfest of a parade leaves York Minster at 12pm, making its way to York Knavesmire (2.4 miles away) where the festival is held. The parade is a sight to behold, and well worth leaving the house for. There’ll even be a choir on Bishopthorpe Road.

From 11.30am to 12.30pm, there will be a Quiet Hour at the Knavesmire where those wanting a quieter experience can enjoy the festival site music-free at a calmer pace. The site will also host 150 stall holders providing everything from face painting to pride merchandise and tasty food offerings. The bar and dance tent and York Pride Cabaret Stage will all return, too.

The main stage will start at 12.30pm with DJ Rory and finish at 7pm once the headline acts ‘The Angels of the North’ from Ru Paul’s Drag Race have performed. Joining the Ru Paul Drag Royalty on stage will be the 2024 York Pride Drag Race Winner Miss Diagnosis, 2023. There’ll be plenty of rainbows, and hopefully some sunshine too!

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