VIDEO: The best thing about Pride isn’t what you think it might be

Canterbury Pride 2018 attracted thousands to the Dane John Gardens

Pride 2018 was a triumph. The grey clouds which greeted the occasion did nothing to dampen the party atmosphere of the parade through the city nor of the festival itself in the Dane John Gardens.

Edd Withers, Oliver Fawcett, the Fitter-Hardings and everyone else who helped organise it deserve huge amounts of credit for the monumental effort it takes to pull it off.

So what were the highlights for you of Canterbury Pride this year?

Was it city council leader Simon Cook’s pink shirt? Or was it the fact that Kent Police were there in number? Or that the Unite union had a stall?

“Hey, Gav, how was Canterbury Pride this year?”

“Unite, the United Kingdom and Ireland’s biggest trade union, was there. It was dope, man.”

Perhaps the highlight was Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield trotting out that tired and ghastly cliche that she was helping to “celebrate diversity”?

Such inane buzzwords – diversity, unity, humanity – are often attached to such events, not so much by the organisers themselves or those simply out to party, but by the assorted hangers-on who use such occasions to burnish their moral credentials.

You really don’t need such meaningless abstractions to describe Pride. You just need to go and see for yourself that it is a joyous eruption of colour and sound: an annual in-your-face riot of fun.

And that’s the real genius of Pride – that it’s fun. Edd and the others have brought Canterbury something unique and wonderful.

In just three short years, it now stands on the calendar as the city’s principle festival.

And with that, long may the fun continue…


  1. This article would have people believe that the Pride Festival has only happened in the last 3 years forgetting that there were big Pride festivals in 2005, 2006 and 2007. They too were huge events each with a long loud colourful parade, lots of stalls and events in the DaneJohn. Invitations to attend and speak on the podium sent to the then Conservative political leaders of the city were declined so it’s not before time that they have lately responded. What took them so long? LGBT and equality issues are political and changes needed come through political legislation. The Women & Equalities committee, on which our MP Rosie Duffield sits, is an all party group so it is not partisan of her to speak of it’s work and other equality issues at a Pride event. While celebrating loudly and proudly with fun the LGBT community also want to hear what is being done to advance equal recognition and rights. We all have a role in this but politicians are elected to lead and are accountable.


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