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Pride in the city: a blog post on Chester Pride by Matt Poynton

This weekend saw crowds flock to Chester to soak up the atmosphere at the city’s third annual Chester Pride festival, with an action-packed schedule of entertainment laid on. We Are Chester writer Matt Poynton, who was a stage host for the event as well as a member of the Chester Pride organising committee, was at the heart of all the colourful celebrations. Here are his thoughts on this popular event, held at Castle Square. Over to you Matt:

We Are Chester's Matt Poynton with local drag star Shagger Photo courtesy of Matt Poynton

We Are Chester’s Matt Poynton with local drag star Shagger Photo courtesy of Matt Poynton

This past weekend the streets of our beloved city were lit up with colour as Chester Pride held its third annual festival. The event started off in style as the visually impressive parade made its way through Chester city centre then ending in Castle Square to continue with a day full of entertainment.

Even a group of protesters couldn’t put a damper on the party atmosphere that was very prominent throughout the day. As one of many of the amazing Pride organisers I cannot help but feel proud of the turn out from the amazing crowd that were there to support equality and diversity in our city.

Fantastic performances

On the M&S Bank main stage we had some fantastic performances from some very talented acts. Highlights for me personally included a hilarious set from the ever so controversial drag artist Shagger and also the very talented Angie Brown impressed with her amazing vocal range and had the crowd dancing to her hits including the 90’s smash hit I’m Gonna Get You.

A fairground, health and lifestyle tent, market stalls and the popular alternative stage The Glitter Lounge were also present so there definitely was something for everyone.

As the evening came to an end and headline act Sonique sang her amazingly reminiscent song It Feels So Good I looked around and for the first time truly realised how proud I am to be from Chester. Bring on Chester Pride 2016!

A montage of shots from Chester Pride 2015, courtesy of Fox Squirrel Photography

A montage of shots from Chester Pride 2015, courtesy of Fox Squirrel Photography

About Angela Ferguson (66 Articles)
I'm a writer, journalist and blogger, as well as the founder and editor of culture webzine wearechester.co.uk. I'm also a university lecturer in journalism and media communications and a presenter at Flipside Radio.

3 Comments on Pride in the city: a blog post on Chester Pride by Matt Poynton

  1. I was looking forward to popping along to Chester Pride over the weekend, but due to a rather busy schedule on the set of the upcoming movie Womble, I couldn’t make it, may be I’ll get the chance next year. Great photos by the way.

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  2. Reblogged this on Product reviews 2015-2016 and commented:
    It was a fabulous event

    Like

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