BIRMINGHAM
PRIDE PARADE

Birmingham Pride Parade is back Saturday 25th May 2024!

The Birmingham Pride Parade march is one of the most important
aspects of the entire festival weekend, enjoyed by tens of thousands of participants, walking, marching or aboard creatively decorated floats, and viewed by in excess of 75,000 spectators lining the streets of Birmingham.

Our Pride Parade is a march for equality and justice, after all there is no pride without protest. Our protest is relevant until every injustice to LGBTQ+ people around the world is brought to an end and universal equality is achieved.

Our vibrant parade is also a celebration of LGBTQ+ life, demonstrating our contribution to our community and our city.

The Birmingham Pride parade is FREE to all to attend. The event starts at Centenary Square in the heart of the city centre from 11am and the parade starts making its way through the city from 12 noon, making its way to the LGBTQ+ village where people then make their way to the main festival activities.

 

For further information regarding tariffs, categories and criteria please email simon@birminghampride.com 

Parade applications have now closed
for 2024

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Birmingham Pride Parade 2024

FAQS

The Birmingham Pride Parade takes place on Saturday 25th May 2024 and starts at 12noon prompt.

This year the parade will assemble and start from Centenary Square, Birmingham. 

Our theme for this years festival is ‘Love has no limits’ celebrating the vibrant tapestry of our diverse community. We embrace and celebrate our unique differences, which make us stronger and united. We recognise the invaluable contributions of all of our community to encourage positive change and equality, here and across the world.

The cost of entering the parade varies on which category you fall under. Details of categories are available on the application form or by emailing simon@birminghampride.com 

 

Applications for the parade in 2024 have been open since late last year so very limited spaces are available. Please complete the application form as soon as possible. 

CATEGORY 1: WEST MIDLANDS BASED, EXCLUSIVELY LGBTQ+ ORGANISATIONS / COMMUNITY GROUPS B’HAM LGBTQ+ VILLAGE VENUES West Midlands based, exclusively LGBTQ+ community groups, charities, CICs, community & grassroots organisations. (This category does not include LGBTQ+ corporate & political party networks – please see other categories below) We also historically include Birmingham LGBTQ+ Village venues in this category.

CATEGORY 2: NON-LOCAL EXCLUSIVELY LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY GROUPSLGBTQ+ community groups, charities, CICs, community & grassroot organisations from outside of the West Midlands. (This category does not include LGBTQ+ corporate & political party networks – please see other categories below)

CATEGORY 3: MIDLANDS BASED LGBTQ+ BUSINESSES & COMMERCIAL VENTURES Independent Businesses / Commercial ventures where the business is owned & run primarily by LGBTQ+ persons & aimed at the LGBTQ+ community, for example: fashion brands, entertainment venues, websites etc.Please note that Sub-brands & LGBTQ+ Staff networks of organisations or companies are not eligible for Categories 1 to 3, they should instead be included in category 4 or 5 as relevant.

CATEGORY 4: NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANISATIONS (NON LGBTQ+ FOCUSED) PUBLIC SECTOR/SERVICE, SCHOOLS/COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES, UNIONSGREATER BIRMINGHAM NON LGBTQ+ SMALL INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES with a LGBTQ+ staff network or equivalent Non-LGBTQ+ organisation, groups or associations which are not for profit or are community-orientated organisations, for example: charities, unions, NHS trusts, unincorporated associations, sport clubs etc. Schools, colleges & universities. LGBTQ+ staff networks or equivalent that represent such an organisation, group or association should file their entry in this category.We also accept in this tariff category non LGBTQ+ small independent businesses that are based exclusively in Greater Birmingham that have a LGBTQ+ staff group or equivalent.

CATEGORY 5: COMMERCIAL ORGANISATIONS / BUSINESSES 

This category relates to all privately owned enterprises, public sector, commercial organisations, companies and businesses. LGBTQ+ staff networks or equivalent that represent such a company or commercial business should file their entry in this category.

Q: What are the walker/vehicle categories:A: Walking Small Group (includes up to 25 walkers)

B: Walking Large Group (includes up to 40 walkers)

C: Small Vehicle, Car or 4X4 (includes up to 40 walkers)

D: Small Float / Transit Van (includes up to 40 walkers)

E: Large Float / Bus / Large Vehicle (includes up to 40 walkers)

Once your application has been received, the team will assess your application form and you will receive confirmation that your application has been successful. At this stage, you will receive an invoice from our Finance Team. The invoice will be due for payment within 30 days. If payment becomes overdue your parade entry may be cancelled and offered to late applicants on the waiting list. If payment is not received prior to the parade, you will not be able to take part. Parade cancellations will not be accepted after 29th February and no refunds of paid fees will be returned after this date.

For a full refund or for your outstanding invoice to be cancelled, cancellation must be received via email before 29th February 2024 to simon@birminghampride.comIf you do not show up on the day and you have not notified us of your withdrawal, you will still be charged in full.

Please contact simon@birminghampride.com and we will do our best to amend your application 

Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee your position in the parade. The parade is a massive logistical project that needs to consider numerous factors, conflicting sound, size of entry etc. 

Unfortunately Birmingham Pride are unable to provide vehicles for your entry.

Yes, we encourage the playing of music on the floats. However, the playing of music is restricted until the official start of the parade at 12noon. Please ensure that any music does not contain sexual lyrics, bad language or offensive material. 

Approved options are to use a 24 volt battery with an inverter to step up the power output to 240V for the system to function, a portable electric generator OR you can use a diesel generator, however they can be noisy. NO PETROL GENERATORS ALLOWED.

We do allow dogs to participate but please be aware it’s a very noisy and busy environment. Ensure you bring poop bags with you.

Entry into the parade does not include tickets for Smithfield Live or the Birmingham Pride Street Party. Those tickets are sold separately. 

Pedal bikes and mobility scooters are allowed in the parade. In the interests of health and safety e-scooters and E- bikes are not permitted. 

We encourage the inclusion of banners and flags in your entry or on your floats to demonstrate who you are and your personal messages. 

Public Liability Insurance is designed to offer protection to individuals, businesses and non-commercial organisations against claims for injury or damage, for which they are found legally liable. The policy will cover claims from any members of the public, clients or customers (‘third parties’) suffering from an accident/incident, while on business premises or elsewhere, in the event you or your business is found to be liable. If your business has made an error or omission which leads to an incident it is likely that this could result in a public liability claim. 

 

Any community group in the absence of a Public Liability Certificate will need to complete a Public Liability Disclaimer. 

 

Please ensure you have your Public Liability Insurance or a Public Liability disclaimer in place. You do not need to send a copy to Birmingham Pride, however this is a condition of entry for the Parade.

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