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All of the events planned to celebrate Suffolk Pride at Ipswich Waterfront this year

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Pride celebrations which see the community come together to celebrate LGBTQ+ people and history.

Last year in Suffolk around 3,500 people flocked to Ipswich for the day-long festival which takes place throughout the town and culminates at the Waterfront.

This year, Suffolk Pride has planned another fun-filled day and promise it will be the 'biggest Suffolk Pride event yet'.

Picture: Istock (56637965)
Picture: Istock (56637965)

Taking place on June 18 from noon onwards organisers have confirmed plans for an arts stage, panel discussions and workshops to take place throughout the day.

There will also be a 'youth stage' at The Hold on Fore Street which has been co-produced with young LGBTQ+ people.

A pride march will begin at Dance East in Foundry Lane and end by Cult Cafe on the Waterfront.

On the Main Stage there will be Suffolk drag acts, DJs and performers entertaining the crowds with music and dancing. There will also be a Performance Stage at the University of Suffolk.

Suffolk Pride organises inclusive events all year round including Drag Bingo and Games Night and LGBTQ+ collage making.

A 'Dungeons and Drag Queens' evening was also held at Geek Retreat, hosted by Sirena Hart, to raise funds.

On May 30, they will host a final Youth Stage planning meeting at Ipswich Art Gallery from 5-7pm. Suffolk Pride invites 11-to-21-year-olds to decide what happens and have their say.

Darragh Briscomb, Co-Chair of Suffolk Pride, said of the event: “Having a safe space for the wider community - having a place where the previously excluded are now celebrated - means the world to me.

"Seeing the intergenerational community come together and celebrate is amazing.”

Esther Alcock, Lead Producer for Suffolk Pride, added: "One of the most important things about Suffolk Pride is that it's a rare chance to connect the local LGBTQ+ community together. Being queer can be isolating in rural communities and it is vital we come together to celebrate.

"We've had some hugely talented musicians, drag artists, dancers, poets, and DJs at Suffolk Pride events. We can't wait for you to see what Suffolk Pride 2022 has in store."

Suffolk Pride encourage supporters to buy Rainbow Lottery tickets - 50% of money raised will go to Suffolk Pride and a further 10% will be spread among other LGBTQ+ causes.

To buy a ticket, visit https://www.rainbowlottery.co.uk/support/suffolk-pride.