FAQ's

You will need to purchase a TICKET/WRISTBAND to enter the Birmingham Pride festival site. Children under five don’t need a wristband but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If you don’t have a ticket/wristband you will still be able to enjoy the Carnival Parade completely FREE of charge. 

No you don’t! Birmingham Pride is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community but everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

However, any individuals who are found to have been homophobic or transphobic will be ejected from the Pride site.

Birmingham Pride operate a ZERO TOLERANCE policy towards anti-social or homophobic/transphobic behaviour.  We reserve the right to eject anybody from the festival site.

No alcohol or glass can be taken on to the festival site.
Sealed plastic bottles of water are allowed.  There will be lots of bars and catering within the site.

We encourage families to attend Pride. Children under 18 must be accompanied at all times by an adult.
Children under 12 get FREE ENTRY – so do not require a wristband. (Maximum of two children per parent of guardian)

After 10pm on both Saturday and Sunday, only visitors who are over 18 will be permitted entry. We operate a challenge 25 policy – so if you’re lucky enough to look under 25, please ensure that you bring appropriate ID.

Anyone who’s under 18 is welcome to stay on the site after 10pm – but if they leave the site they will not be able to gain entry after 10pm.

Wristbands will be required for access throughout the night. A Pride at Night Wristband is available to purchase at the entry gates after 10pm

If you have purchased a ticket prior to the festival you will need to exchange your ticket for a wristband on the day – please see the Site Map to find out where you should do this.

  • Wristbands must be securely fastened or may be void.
  • Wristbands must be intact, in one piece, and worn at all times.
  • Torn or ripped wristbands will not be accepted for entry.
  • Lost wristbands will not be replaced under any circumstances and if you are not wearing a valid wristband you will be asked to leave the festival site.
  • Wristbands are not transferable between visitors.
  • Wristbands are required for drink purchases at all venues and outdoor bars within the main festival site.
The organisers of Birmingham Pride wish to make the festival inclusive for ALL and recognise the need for easy access throughout the event for disabled vistors.  There are various features in place to cater for those with accessibility needs who are coming to Birmingham Pride.  Visit our Accessibility page for further information.

Benefits to the holder of a VIP wristband include:

  • Meet-and-greet opportunities with selected artists. However, this cannot be guaranteed.
  • VIP bar at The Penthouse
  • Main Stage: inner circle viewing area with a separate bar at the front
  • Cabaret Stage: Inner circle viewing area with a separate bar at the front

Benefits to the holder of a Premium wristband include:

  • Main Stage: inner circle viewing area with a separate bar at the front
  • Cabaret Stage: Inner circle viewing area with a separate bar at the front

Birmingham Pride is a very costly festival to stage and basic infrastructure costs spiral every year, which is one of the main reasons why we charge an entrance fee for the event.

However, Pride is a ‘NOT-FOR-PROFIT’ organisation and since the first paid-for Birmingham Pride in 2014, the festival has been delighted to award in excess of £250k to deserving local community and support groups, providing much-needed funds for essential services within our community.

Yes, there is a safe space located in the Arcadian Centre.

After completing your purchase on our website, you’ll be directed to a confirmation page displaying a table of the products you’ve bought. For any e-tickets purchased, you’ll find a DOWNLOAD button on the right-hand side of each ticket listing.

Additionally, you’ll receive an email confirming your purchases. In this email, you’ll find another table of the products you’ve bought, with download links provided on the right-hand side.

To access the event, please present your e-ticket either at the gate to on Saturday and/or Sunday to exchange it for a wristband. You can also save your e-ticket to your mobile device (or take a screenshot) for scanning at the gate. 

Wristband exchange will be available in advance at the Nightingale Club, Essex House, Kent Street, Birmingham B5 6RD on the following days and times:

Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd May – 10:00hrs – 18:00hrs

Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th May – 10:00hrs – 21:00hrs

Ticket exchange is also available over Birmingham Pride weekend at the ticketing booths

To maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for all attendees, Birmingham Pride strictly prohibits the following items at its events:

Psychoactive Substances/Legal Highs: Possession of psychoactive substances or legal highs is strictly prohibited. Individuals found with these substances will be asked to leave the event premises.

Dangerous or Hazardous Items: Weapons or any other dangerous items are not permitted. Individuals found with such items will be detained and reported to the authorities.

Alcohol: Bringing alcohol onto the event premises is not permitted. Only water is allowed, and it may be subject to inspection upon entry.

Aerosols or Gels: While aerosols or gels in containers are allowed, security reserves the right to inspect them upon entry.

Flares, Fireworks, Pyrotechnics: These items are strictly prohibited for safety reasons.

Chinese Lanterns: Chinese lanterns are not allowed due to fire hazards.

flyers for Distribution: Distribution of flyers is not permitted.

Inflatables: Large inflatables are not allowed.

Bicycles/Skateboards and Scooters: For safety reasons, these modes of transport are not allowed.

Drones: For safety and privacy reasons, drones are prohibited.

Please respect these guidelines to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all attendees at Birmingham Pride events.

Yes, you are allowed to bring sunscreen to Birmingham Pride events, but it must be in containers of 50ml or less.

While we recommend minimising the items you bring to the site to expedite your entry, small bags smaller than the size of an A4 piece of paper are permitted if necessary. However, for security reasons, bags larger than A4 size are prohibited. Please note that there are no cloakroom facilities available on site. 

No, you are not permitted to bring any food or drink, including alcohol, to the event, except for one sealed bottle of water up to 500ml in size. There will be street food vendors on site, as well as bars located in key areas, offering a variety of alcoholic and soft drinks for purchase.

Birmingham Pride is often a very noisy and very crowded environment. For that reason pets are not allowed on the Smithfield live site. However, assistance dogs will be permitted. If you plan to bring an assistance dog, please inform our Access Team by contacting emma@birminghampride.com

All of the bars across the Birmingham Pride site accept cash and card payments.

Yes, a viewing platform will be provided for those who require them at the main stage of the event. 

Yes, accessible toilets are situated across the festival site

PRIDE PARADE FAQ'S

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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