Exeter Pride 2013 events

Mary Youlden
Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 - 3:19pm

Exeter Pride, the region's biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) parade takes place on 23 March. Here is a complete guide to what's on in the run up to and on the day of the parade:

Tuesday 19 March

Fusion Club Night
Vaults Bar & Club, Gandy Street, Exeter
A club night to kick off Exeter Pride.  Free entry and drinks promos, 9pm-2am.

Thursday 21 March

University Pride Think and Action Day
The Forum, University of Exeter
Performances by student groups, accapella singers, dance, music, plus a series of mini lectures, all welcome, free, 11am-2pm.

Friday 22 March

University Pride Emporium Day
The Forum, University of Exeter
Market stalls and much more, free, 11am-2pm.

Disco Fever: Pre-Pride Party Night
Vaults Bar & Club, Gandy Street, Exeter
A disco-stomping, fantastic glammed-up 70s style night.  9pm-3am, free entry before 11pm.

Pow! Wow Pre-Pride Bop
City Gate Hotel, Exeter
Women on Wednesday's Pre-Pride Bop, featuring comedienne Julie Jepson, 8pm-late. Tickets £5 on the door.

Mardi Gras Evening
The Old Firehouse, 50 New North Road, Exeter
Mardi Gras Festival featuring live music from 8pm. Bands include Strangleberry, The Pookas, The Summertides, Tinderbox and James's Technicolour Waistcoat, and from 1am DJ Louie Louie.  7pm-3am, free entry before 8pm, £1 after, home-made pizzas from 9pm.  Carnival fancy dress.

Saturday 23 March

The Pride Parade
St Sidwell’s Centre, Sidwell Street, Exeter, 1pm

Kicking off the main event, it's the Pride Parade!  Congregate at the St Sidwell's Centre from noon for the annual parade through the Exeter.  The parade will be started by the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Cllr Rob Newby, and will be led by the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.  Come and join the parade and help carry the Pride flag.  The parade will finish at Exeter Phoenix in Gandy Street, where the day's main events will commence.

The Main Event

The main event runs from 2pm-2am, all events are free and food and drink will be available all day at Exeter Phoenix. Buy an Exeter Pride wristband (£2.50) for discounts at many local cafes, restaurants, bars and shops.

Pride Marketplace, 2pm-5pm
Sponsored by the University of Exeter, there will be many stalls with information about local LGBT services,  and much more in the Marketplace Marquee.  There will be face painting, freebies, leaflets, nice people, just go along and you are sure to find something interesting.

Daytime workshops, 2pm-6pm
Come and join in one or two or more of the free workshops taking place during the afternoon.  These include drumming, pole dancing, Zumba, strictly same sex ballroom dancing, knitting, vocal harmony and more.
There will be a workshop about recognising and reporting a hate crime by Devon & Cornwall Police and a legal advice surgery where you can obtain free legal advice from representatives from Cartridges Solicitors.
This year's panel discussion (3pm-4.30pm), sponsored by Cartridges Solicitors, will include various topics including equal marriage and whether it is appropriate to have a drag queen beauty contest at a Pride event.
There will be a youth mock-tail bar, Morris dancers, trans workshops and a penalty shoot out competition. Those lovely people from Proud2Be will be there to tell you about what they do and there will be a chance to record your own video.
If you want to have-a-go at folk dancing, then you won't want to miss the Ceilidh from 3.30pm to 5.30pm, with the band Going Steady and caller, Martin Hodge.  There will also be a floor spot from Jim Causley.

There will be DJs playing some top tunes on the terrace throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Guerrilla giveaways will be great fun and lead into the evening events.

Timings and room locations will be confirmed on the Exeter Pride website www.exeterpride.co.uk and at Exeter Phoenix on the day.

Evening events

Marquee, Exeter Phoenix, 6pm-10pm
Chill out on the settees and listen to some great acoustic singing from the likes of Steve Hitching, Charlotte Ward, Darren Graham, Von and Alex Kreid.

Exeter Phoenix Main Auditorium, 7pm-11.45pm
Live music with bands, singers and musicians and tribute acts will entertain – all free of charge.  Don't miss the most amazing Kylie tribute and Lady Gaga tribute acts. There will also be some great bands including Station Road, Random Skies, King L and Lazy Lizards.

Exeter Phoenix Main Auditorium, midnight-2am
Following the bands and acts on stage, there will be club night held in the auditorium with the fabulous "Magic Hatstand".  You will not want to miss this - and admission is free to those wearing an Exeter Pride wristband (£2.50, available throughout Pride day and at the door, ROAR). Timings and artists are subject to change.

Sunday 24 March

Pride Candlelit Vigil
8pm, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street
To round off the celebrations we pause to reflect and remember.  All are welcome to this quiet moment to remember someone you have lost, be it from AIDS or in war, a family member or friend.  Whatever your personal reason is, then please join us. Please note: This will not be an overtly-religious event and a candle will be supplied for you.

Pride Karaoke
Vaults Bar & Club, Gandy Street, Exeter
The V-Factor Karaoke Grand Finals Night, 9pm.  Who will win the £200 cash prize?

Listen to the Phonic FM Pride Radio Show from 8am-10am on  23 March and a Pride Update Show from 2pm-3am with special guests and also listen our for regular updates throughout the day.

These listings are correct at the time of printing, however are subject to change.  For the very latest up to date info, please check the website  www.exeterpride.co.uk

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Event Date

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 9:00pm to Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 3:00pm