Marching with Southampton Pride 2023
Our free community Pride March is the highlight of the event, making its way through the City Centre, through the city’s historic Bargate before heading back to the event site.
Since 2021, our March has started further into the city at the stunning Queens Park. Our March participants including both corporate and public sections meet in the park before the event begins at approximately 10:00am before setting off along the High Street towards the Bargate.
A key central focus of our Pride Photography each year, the march pauses at the Bargate for photos with our official crew and the public watching the march progress before setting off again for the final stretch towards the Southampton Pride event at Guildhall Square.
Due to traffic regulations, roads are temporarily closed for us to be able to safely make our way through the city centre, but these need to be reopened as quickly as possible to minimise disruption, especially if there is a football match on at St Mary's. For this reason, the March splits at Civic Centre Road with half heading towards our Above Bar Street Main Entrance and the other heading towards Civic Centre Road entrance.
For security reasons, all March participants with bags must be searched upon entry to the site - there are no exceptions to this. Water bottles must be sealed or empty to be allowed through security.
We are looking for the following volunteers to help on the march:
Flag bearers: We have 3 giant flags as part of the march we need volunteers to help carry these on the march. These are huge targets for photographs and social media on the day.
Placard holders: This is a very important role within the march. Over 70 countries in the world have anti LGBT+ laws. We would like to have each country on a placard with the punishment for being LGBT+ on. This will be a silent and solemn part of the march to highlight the injustices in the world.
Please note: As a member of the public, you do not need to register to march in the parade. Join us around 10:30am in Queens Park and a volunteer will show you where to join the public section of the march. Don't forget your flags, placards, signs and chants!
Corporate / Business Marchers
This a great opportunity to promote your business, show your support for the LGBT+ community and to have fun. We would recommend for you to make the most of this opportunity, promote your participation beforehand, use any promotional material you have and give out vouchers, leaflets etc to the crowds on the day.
- Charities £100.00 (please also provide charity number)
- LGBT charities/support groups etc. Free £0.00
- Businesses £200.00
- If you also have a stall booked for the day then there is a discount of £50.00 off the parade fee.
- If you are a member of the public there will be a free section to march.
If there are any banners/flags or any marketing materials with company logos on from companies that have not applied and paid for, they will be asked to remove such items and not partake in the march.
We shall be contacting you with meeting points nearer the time.