Details for this year’s Isle of Wight Pride have been confirmed, which will take place this time next week (Saturday 20 July)…

At midday, a colourful parade will set off from Queens Road on the seafront in Ryde and travel to Eastern Gardens, where the procession will be met by a market area full of local charities, traders and community groups.

The stalls are due to be set up until 6pm while pride-inspired entertainment, drinks and music will be on offer until 8pm, at a number of venues in Union Street:

  • Kasbah.
  • Bar74.
  • Coburgs.
  • Ryde’s Superbowl.

A spokesperson for Isle of Wight Pride said:

“Since announcing a fallow year, and responding to the wish of the community that Isle of Wight Pride should still happen in 2019, it has been a challenge financially and with resources to secure activities for this year. Thanks to the generosity from a handful of key sponsors, local venues support and guidance from the all of the relevant authorities and agencies; it was decided to withdraw the plan of the arena at Eastern Gardens due to the limited number of tickets and concerns over crowns and safety. Instead, we are working closely with Ryde Superbowl where they will be having entertainment inside the venue throughout the afternoon and into early evening and will be serving drinks from
their front bar with music .”

The spokesperson continues:

“IW Pride would like to than a number of local companies who have supported the charity on itsjourney and for the event; Hovertravel, Innerspace (Cowes), Unison, Ryde Town Council, Red Funnel and Visit Isle of Wight. Also the many individuals and volunteers who have worked behind the scenes to ensure an event takes place this year, and in the future.”

Additional details:

The Parade – Starts at the Ryde School site on Queens Road at midday, proceeding to WestStreet, Lind Street, Union Street to the Esplanade.

More than 300 people are expected to come along and the entertainment line-ups will be confirmed on social media next week!

You can get to the official website here.

You can find their Facebook page here.

To get them on Twitter: @IWPride