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PHOTO ESSAY: My Time At Bristol Pride

Imogen sat above the Pride flag.

Imogen sat on bench above the Pride flag.

A photo essay from Alexie showing the best moments from Bristol Pride 2017.

Organised by members of the LGBT+ community Pride is the chance for all LGBT+ people, their friends, families and allies to stand up and declare they are proud of who they are and their loved ones.

Last saturday, I went to Bristol Pride for the first time. There was a really diverse crowd,  great atmosphere to celebrate  the LGBT+ community. This is a collection of my favourite photographs of the day.

This year Bristol Pride drew a larger crowd than ever with thousands attending. Here is a picture of the crowd at the mainstage.

This year Bristol Pride drew a larger crowd than ever with thousands attending. Here is a picture of the crowd at the mainstage.

There was great energy throughout the festival, the cabaret stage also drew large crowds with there diverse range of entertaining acts.

There was great energy throughout the festival, the cabaret stage also drew large crowds with there diverse range of entertaining acts.

This Fabulous looking Drag-Queen was catching the crowds attention, with loads of people waiting to take selfies with her.

This fabulous looking Drag-Queen was catching the crowds attention, with loads of people waiting to take selfies with her.

Proudly waving their smiley-face/pride flag.

This person proudly waves their smiley-face pride flag.

Guy with a rainbow cowboy hat glances into the crowd.

Guy with a rainbow cowboy hat glances into the crowd on the main stage of Lloyds Amphitheatre.

Having fun at the front of main stage.

Group of girls having fun at the front of main stage.

Patiently waiting through Main stage acts to get an autograph from Jennifer Page.

Man patiently waiting through main stage acts to get an autograph from Jennifer Paige.

Dr Meaker's performance was amazing, I feel the crowd really needed of their energy.

Dr Meaker’s performance was amazing, I felt like the crowd really feeded off of their energy.

These two ladies, along with everyone had a great time dancing.

These two ladies had a great time dancing to the music along with the rest of the crowd.

This pink haired guy stared down my lense making for an interesting stand off.

This pink-haired guy stared down my lense making for an interesting stand off.

This person was sat down near the entrance to the main stage, I wonder what they were thinking?

This person was sat down  at the entrance to the main stage. I wonder what they were thinking?

These two guys were having tones of fun being right in the middle of the crowd at the main stage.

These two guys were having tones of fun being right in the middle of the crowd.

Same guys, more context.

Same guys, more context.

After thirty minutes of fun, Dr Meaker finished their set.

After thirty minutes of fun, Dr Meaker finished their set.

Bristol Pride was a great event,  with a really diverse crowd and fun atmosphere.

Being my first Pride, I didn’t really know what to expect. Everyone’s energy was really great and it felt like everyone was having a good time together. There was a huge turnout making Bristol Pride 2017 the biggest event so far, with over 4,500 taking part in the parade to share their support for the LGBT+ community and thousands more attending free festival events around the city.

Throughout the day the main stage had a diverse range of acts that, to name a few, included; J’Adele (an Adele tribute artist), Bristol’s best Dr Meaker (Who were my prized discovery of the day) Check out their site here. And finally, a less than impressive headline performance by Busted, who seemed a tad irrelevant in today’s pop music culture.

All in all, I had an amazing time and a lot of fun. If you want to find out more about pride, check out Bristol Pride’s website here where there is loads of information on what Pride is and how you can get involved.

Let me know about your favourite moment at Bristol Pride 2017 in the comments below and share your favourite pics with me on Twitter,  Facebook or Instagram 

Here are some LGBT+ groups and organisations based in Bristol

‘Pride is a positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT+ rights movements throughout the world.’