Rainbows beam on record crowds at Doncaster Pride
Rainbows quite literally beamed over attendees at this year’s Doncaster Pride – which had record-breaking crowds of 12,000.
Despite some showers, devoted revellers danced in the rain at the event, which marked its 10th anniversary this year.
Organiser Jen Dewsnap said that, according to police estimates, around 2,000 people joined the parade and more than 12,000 people attended the main event in Sir Nigel Gresley Square.
She said: “The weather wasn’t so kind to us in the morning, but the 12,000 turn-out over the course of the day makes this the biggest Doncaster Pride ever.
“All the organisers are thrilled with how well things have gone and so proud of the event’s success.
“For the second year running, we’ve had people dancing in the rain.”
But it wasn’t all bad weather for the event, which celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Doncaster.
When the sun beamed through summertime drizzle, attendees were treated to a plethora of rainbows – the universal symbol of the LGBT community.
“It was very special,” said Jen. “When the rainbow appeared over the Cast Theatre, it really was a magical moment for everybody.”
She added: “Everything we set out to achieve with this event, we have. It was a fitting celebration to mark ten years of Doncaster Pride.”
The event, with humble beginnings in the Market Place and an audience of around 1,000 in 2007, now proudly stands as the biggest single day event in the town.
Jen said: “I would just like to thank Doncaster Council for all their support and to all the businesses which got involved – you really helped us make it such a special event.
“The council hung flags in the town centre, which really brought the event to a lot of people’s attention. We had a late flurry of businesses wanting to get involved.”
Doncaster Pride is a registered Charity that works for and on behalf of the LGBT community in Doncaster.
To find out more, visit: www.doncasterpride.co.uk