Isle of Wight Pride returns in July 2023 with a weekend event at Eastern Gardens, Ryde Esplanade.
Starting on Friday 14th July with the Pride Launch Party from 5pm – 9pm featuring StarStruck – Years & Years Tribute, Gay-Ties Revival Show plus DJ, with a variety of food and drink available including our newly launched IW Pride Cocktail.
On Saturday 15th July, the Pride Parade will start at 12pm from Ryde School heading down West Street, Lind Street, Union Street, along the Esplanade until it reaches the Pride Community Village in Eastern Gardens. Entertainment on the main stage will be hosted by island drag sensation Quivers and boasts a fabulous variety of acts including Christavie Francisco, Solent Men’s Gay Chorus, Brighton Drag Queens Raiine and Glew, MDNA – Madonna Tribute, Cherry Liquor, Diva-Licious 90s show, star of The Voice UK – Amrick Channa and we finish the day with a DJ set from Woody Cook starting at 9pm.
Pride Community Village will be open all day from 12pm on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July including bars, a range of food stalls, local business and charity stalls and the all new Selfie Island featuring the Pride Unicorns!
Pride Plus, on Sunday 16th July, will start at 12pm in Eastern Gardens with all day entertainment including performances from local theatre groups and singers, Kylie and Dolly Parton tributes, burlesque, drag and a Promise Ceremony.
Many island businesses and organisations have supported this years event including sponsorship from Ascensos, Hovertravel, Red Funnel, Ryde Town Council, Snows, Visit Isle of Wight, Wightlink and WRS Systems.
Isle of Wight Pride 2023 is a FREE event and open to all. This event champions the importance of equality and diversity by highlighting the advances that have been made for the LGBTQIA+ community in the UK and around the world, whilst also raising awareness of the prejudice and danger that many still face.
Isle of Wight Pride is open for all to enjoy who share our vision for a world in which people can be their authentic selves with no fear of censure, judgement, inequality, or abuse, proving that ‘Love Wins’.
Isle of Wight Pride takes place on Ryde seafront between 5pm – 9pm on Friday 14th July, between 12pm – 10pm on Saturday 15th July and between 12pm – 7pm on Sunday 16th July.