Saturday 9th June saw what is reported to be the biggest York Pride yet, and we can very much believe it.
This year was the first collaboration between all three emergency services with the parade being headed up by a rainbow wrapped fire appliance designed by students from York St John University. Fire and ambulance crews joined NYP for a tri-service presence to encourage reporting of hate crime, raise awareness of LGBT issues and highlight the inclusivity of our organisations.
Our Temporary Chief Constable Lisa Winward joined members of the LGBT Network and allies to march in the parade and tunes were provided by the Humberside Police/Fire marching band whose beat kept us entertained throughout the route.
The sun shone, the crowds came out in their thousands and lined the streets of our amazing city to welcome people of all genders and sexualities, their families and allies to join in this event. It then continued after the parade on the Knavesmire, York Racecourse where there was music and entertainment through into the evening, stalls, rides and areas to just sit and chill if you wanted to relax.
Children and staff from York’s primary and secondary schools also took part in the parade which made for a real community and family based celebration.
If you want to find out more about how the day went, see our Twitter account @NYP_LGBT and explore the tweets and pictures from the event including our rather wonderful #DancingPoliceman on @NPTYorkSouth.
A huge thank you to the organisers @YorkPride for this truly memorable day.