Pride marks not only a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community but also a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggle for equality and acceptance. 

With numerous events celebrating the LGBTQ+ community this Pride Month and beyond happening nationwide, we’ve selected a few for you to join in on to show your support and have a great time!

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Southend Pride Parade and Festival – 13th July 2024

Be sure not to miss out on this one! Everyone is invited to join the Southend-on-Sea Parade starting at Pier Hill and making its way to Warrior Square. Here you’ll find a fully inclusive and free festival celebrating Pride, featuring live entertainment, community stalls, food, and drink pop-ups and a children’s tent to make this a family day out.

The Parade will commence at 12 pm but it is encouraged to start gathering at Pier Hill from as early as 11am. The festival will take place from 12pm to 8pm.


Basildon Pride Together Party – 21st June 2024

Celebrating Pride in style! As part of their monthly Pride Together events, Basildon Pride is putting on a special event to celebrate Pride Month. Their special guest, drag queen Chamonix, will put on some spectacular entertainment and will be accompanied by some classic Pride anthems.

Like all Basildon Pride Together Events, it is free to enter and food and drink can be purchased at the venue. The party will be starting at 7pm and finish at 10pm.


Essex Pride March – 22nd June 2024

The Essex Pride march returns and is bigger and as important as ever. The march, which last year had over 1000 people attend, is to show solidarity and support for all community segments and protect the right and freedom for everyone to be their authentic selves. 

The march takes place in Chelmsford, which is a little further north than the South Essex Coast, and sets off at 11:20am, the gathering beforehand commences at 10am at Pop World, Chelmsford. 


Basildon Pride Festival – 7th September 2024

Join the celebration at Basildon Pride. Starting with a parade from Toys R Us building in the town centre and ending at Basildon’s Gloucester park for the Pride event. Start time is 11am but be sure to get there with time to spare.

This all day celebration is packed with all sorts of entertainment. On the main stage, there will be some of the UK’s best drag and tribute acts, including Michael Marouli – Star of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. Delightful food stalls with an abundance of cuisines will be available all the way through the event, and discover local vendors selling a variety of local products, Pride Merch, or providing community information. There’s also a funfair, chill out zone and a discovery hub where you can learn more about LGBT+ history, the Pride movement and other local causes.

Basildon Pride is free to attend and there is no need for tickets, so rock up whenever best suits you and enjoy the celebrations!

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Charities and Support


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Figure It Out

Figure it out is South East Essex’s newest charity for LGBTQ+ youth. They currently provide monthly peer support sessions at the Southend Forum Library. The charity provides environments for LGBTQ+ people to be themselves, which is especially important when they feel they can’t in their day-to-day lives.

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