Wokingham Pride Picnic 2022 – in pictures
FAMILIES enjoyed the sunshine on their way to the Wokingham Pride Picnic.
The annual event, at Elms Field, saw many people enjoy dressing up, making new friends and enjoying tasty food from midday on Saturday July 9.
And the day ended with a special after-party cabaret at The Station Tap from 8-10:30 p.m. where local artists SemiColon, Tania LeCoq and Dulce Kraving entertained the crowds.
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New Executive Council Member for Equality, Inclusion and Anti-Poverty, Cllr Rachel Bishop-Firth, who organized the event, said: ‘The picnic was absolutely amazing, there was a lot families who showed up and many people made new friends.
“The turnout was really good, we were so lucky with the weather and the after party was also really busy and it was just a really good day.
“Members of the LGBTQ+ community want to keep the community spirit going for the rest of the year and there are plans to meet more regularly.”
Cllr Bishop-Firth added that they had obtained more than 100 signatures on a petition against abusive conversion therapy practiced on trans and non-binary people.
“There were flags all over the city center and a special thank you to Tesco who donated sweets and Aldi who gave us free ice creams on a scorching hot day, and to the councils of the city and the Borough of Wokingham who both helped with funding and publicity, and of course our local online and print media who helped publicize the event,” she said.
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“It was great to see so many families participating in a safe and fun atmosphere for everyone.
“There is so much talent within our local LGBTQ+ community and goodwill within the wider community.
“We want to maintain that goodwill and community connection, and in particular we want those going out in Wokingham to know that they have the strong support of a safe and inclusive community behind them.”
She added that the Wokingham Pride Picnic will be held again on July 8 next year.